Ryan McGowan

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Ryan McGowan
Ryan McGowan.jpg
McGowan with Australia U-23 in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ryan James McGowan[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shandong Luneng Taishan
Number 4
Youth career
2001–2004 Para Hills Knights
2004–2006 SASI
2006–2008 Heart of Midlothian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Para Hills 10 (1)
2008–2013 Heart of Midlothian 57 (2)
2009–2010 Ayr United (loan) 28 (1)
2011 Partick Thistle (loan) 8 (0)
2013– Shandong Luneng Taishan 40 (1)
National team
2005–2006 Australia U-17 3 (0)
2007–2009 Australia U-20 21 (0)
2011–2012 Australia U-23 3 (0)
2012– Australia 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2014

Ryan James McGowan (born 15 August 1989)[2] is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Shandong Luneng Taishan in the Chinese Super League, as a defender. He has previously played for Para Hills Knights and Heart Of Midlothian, with loan spells at Ayr United and Partick Thistle. McGowan has represented Australia at U-17, U-20, U-23 and at full international level.[3]

Club career[edit]

Hearts[edit]

McGowan began his career at Para Hills Knights[4] and was part of the South Australian Sports Institute,[5] before moving to Scottish Premier League club Hearts in 2006 and was promoted to the first-team in 2008.[4] He was the captain of hearts under 19 squad[4] before making his SPL debut as substitute on 13 May that year in the final league match of the 2007–08 season against Gretna.[6] Shortly after he signed a five year contract with the club.[4] After just the one first team appearance he was sent out on loan to Ayr United at the start of 2009–10 season.

On his return under new manager Jim Jefferies he played as a substitute against Hamilton on 21 August 2010,[7] and against Celtic[8] before being sent out on loan again to Partick Thistle. Once back he made six more appearances that season,[9] with his first start for Hearts on 7 May against Rangers[10]

On 23 July 2011, he started the 2011–12 season with a Sky Sports 'Man of the Match' performance against Rangers at Ibrox.[11] He began to establish himself as a member of the first team and played in the Europa League qualifiers against Paks[12][13] and in the second leg against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, where Hearts drew 0–0 (losing 5–0 on aggregate).[14] McGowan scored his first goal for Hearts in an Edinburgh derby on 2 January.[15] Later in the same game he headbutted Ivan Sproule in the stomach, which the referee viewed and took no action, however the SFA compliance officer opened an investigation.[16] The compliance officer offered a two match ban.[17] Hearts denied it was violent conduct but accepted the ban offered.[18] The 2011–12 SPL season was a good one for McGowan, scoring 3 goals – including one in the 127th Scottish Cup Final against Hibs(which Hearts won 5–1) – and winning the Hearts Young Player of the Year award.[19] Ahead of the last day of summer transfer window, Rangers made a bid for Hearts duo McGowan and David Templeton worth combined £1.3m valuation for the duo but the move rejected.[20] Templeton went on to join Rangers but McGowan stayed, explaining that he needs to keep his international career status alive.[21]

On 23 January 2013, it was announced that Hearts had accepted a bid of around £400,000 from Chinese side Shandong Luneng Taishan.[22] In all McGowan made seventy three appearances for the club.[23]

Ayr United (loan)[edit]

In October 2009, he was loaned out to First Division team Ayr United.[24] His debut came on the 14th of October, when he scored one of the goals in a 2–2 draw at home to Dundee.[25] In January 2010, the loan was extended until the end of the season.[26] In total, he made 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal for Ayr.[27]

Partick Thistle (loan)[edit]

On 15 February 2011, he joined First Division team Partick Thistle on a three month loan deal[28] and made his debut the same night.[29] In all he made eight appearances before returning to Hearts at the start of April.[30]

Shandong Luneng Taishan[edit]

On 7 January 2013, McGowan signed a two year contract with Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng Taishan.[31] He made his Chinese Super League debut for Shangdong Luneng Taishan on 9 March 2013 against Dalian Aerbin.[32]

International career[edit]

McGowan was part of the Australia team that qualified for the AFC Youth Championship 2008 in November 2007.[33] McGowan was selected for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt; his brother and teammate Dylan McGowan, was not selected.[34]

McGowan started in the first match for the Young Socceroos in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and received a yellow and a straight red against the Czech Republic for a studs up challenge which resulted in a penalty.[35] He received his first call-up to the Australia senior squad in August 2012, when he was selected for the friendly match against Scotland,[36] making his debut as a late substitute replacing Sasa Ognenovski.[37] McGowan was booed by some sections of the home support due to his Hearts connections,[38] with the game being played at their Edinburgh rivals Hibernian's ground.[39]

He was named in Australia's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad and provided the assist to Tim Cahill's goal in Australia 3–2 loss to The Netherlands.

Personal life[edit]

McGowan was born in Adelaide[40] into a Scottish family from Glasgow.[4] His brother Dylan[41] currently plays for Adelaide.[42]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 14 September 2014[43]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe/Asia Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Heart of Midlothian 2007–08 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2011–12 28 2 6 1 1 0 3 0 38 3
2012–13 20 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 25 0
Total 57 2 7 1 3 0 5 0 72 3
Ayr United (loan) 2009–10 28 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 1
Total 28 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 1
Partick Thistle (loan) 2010–11 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Shandong Luneng Taishan 2013 29 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 30 1
2014 11 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 14 0
Total 40 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 44 1
Career Totals 133 4 10 1 3 0 8 0 154 5

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

With Hearts:

  • Scottish Cup: 2012

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Ryan McGowan Profile". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
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  5. ^ "McGowan makes debut as Hearts romp to victory". tribalfootball.com. Tribal Football. 22 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gretna vs Hearts". Heart of Midlothian F.C. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hamilton 0 – 4 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Celtic 3 – 0 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "2010–11 Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rangers 4 – 0 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Rangers 1 – 1 Hearts". BSkyB. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Paksi 1–1 Hearts". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Hearts 4 – 1 Paks (agg 5 – 2)". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Tottenham 0 – 0 Hearts (agg 5 – 0)". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Hibernian 1 – 3 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Scottish FA to look at incident involving Ryan McGowan of Hearts". BBC Sport (BBC). 3 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ryan McGowan faces two-match suspension". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ryan receives two match ban". Heart of Midlothian F.C. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Young Player of the Year votes are in". Hearts FC (Hearts FC). 7 April 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Rangers fail in bid for Hearts pair Ryan McGowan and David Templeton". Sports STV. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Hearts star Ryan McGowan reveals why he snubbed move to Rangers". Daily Record. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Hearts' Ryan McGowan to discuss Shandong Luneng Taisha move". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Soccerway Stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "Hearts youngster McGowan joins Ayr United on loan". tribalfootball.com. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  25. ^ "Ayr recovered from two goals down to snatch a point against title favourites Dundee". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
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  27. ^ "Ayr United Profile". Ayr United F.C. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  28. ^ "Hearts youngster Ryan moves to Firhill". Scottish television. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  29. ^ "Cowdenbeath 1–1 Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  30. ^ "Ryan McGowan returns to Hearts from Partick". Scotsman.com. Scotsman Publication. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  31. ^ "Two-year Chinese contract for Hearts hero Ryan McGowan". scotsman.com. Edinburgh Evening News. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  32. ^ "Shandong Luneng Vs. Dalian Aerbin 1 – 0". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. 2013. 
  33. ^ "Qantas Young Socceroos downed by Korea Republic". Footballaustralia.com.au. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  34. ^ "Young Socceroos U20 World Cup Squad Revealed". Au.fourfourtwo.com. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  35. ^ "CZECH REPUBLIC U20 VS. AUSTRALIA U20 2 – 1". Soccerway. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  36. ^ "Socceroos call-up Jambos ace McGowan for Scotland clash". dailyrecord.co.uk. Daily Record. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  37. ^ "Scotland 3–1". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  38. ^ "McGowan and Black refuse to let boo boys spoil debuts". scotsman.com. The Scotsman. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  39. ^ "McGowan inches closer to Socceroo debut". news.smh.com.au. The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  40. ^ "OzFootball profile". Australian Player Database. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  41. ^ "Ryan and Dylan McGowan on their heartfelt brotherly love". scotsman.com. The Scotsman. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  42. ^ "Hearts kid Dylan McGowan makes winning East Fife debut". Tribal Football. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  43. ^ Ryan McGowan career stats at Soccerbase

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