Tom Cowan

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Tom Cowan
Personal information
Full name Thomas Cowan
Date of birth (1969-08-28) 28 August 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Netherdale Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Clyde 16 (2)
1989–1991 Rangers 12 (0)
1991–1994 Sheffield United 45 (0)
1993 Stoke City (loan) 14 (0)
1994–1999 Huddersfield Town 137 (8)
1999–2000 Burnley 20 (1)
2000–2002 Cambridge United 50 (3)
2002 Peterborough United (loan) 5 (1)
2002–2003 York City 31 (1)
2003 Dundee 5 (1)
2003–2005 Carlisle United 49 (3)
2005 Barrow 21 (3)
2006 Workington 20 (1)
2006–2007 Hucknall Town 18 (0)
2007 Stalybridge Celtic 6 (0)
Total 449 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas "Tom" Cowan (born 28 August 1969) is a former Scottish footballer who played as a defender.

During his career he played for Clyde, Rangers, Sheffield United, Stoke City, Huddersfield Town, Burnley, Cambridge United, Peterborough United, York City, Dundee, Carlisle United, Barrow, Workington, Hucknall Town, Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde United and Retford United.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Cowan wan born in Bellshill and began his career with Netherdale Boys Club before joining Clyde in 1988. He spent the 1988–89 season with Clyde and was signed by Rangers. He spent two years at Ibrox before earning a move to English club Sheffield United. Cowan played in 24 matches in 1991–92 as the Blades finished in 9th position consolidating their place in the inaugural season of the new Premier League. They finished in 14 position in 1992–93 with Cowan playing in 25 matches. He lost his place in the side under Dave Bassett and joined Stoke City on loan in 1993–94. He played 18 matches for Stoke 14 of which came in the league. Cowan joined Huddersfield Town in March 1994 for a fee of £150,000.

Cowan enjoyed the most successful period of his career with the Terriers as he made 155 appearances for the club in six seasons helping them gain promotion in 1994–95 and reach the 1994 Football League Trophy Final where they lost 3–1 to Swansea City.[3] He then had short spells at Burnley, Cambridge United, Peterborough United and York City before returning to Scotland in August 2003, joining Dundee.[4] He scored on his debit for Dundee in a 2–0 victory over Aberdeen.[5] However after making six appearances for the club his contract was terminated after Dundee entered into administration and he joined Carlisle United on 27 November 2003.[6] His first season with ended with the club being relegated to the Conference National, he did help them gain an instant return to the Football League as they beat Stevenage Borough in the play-off final.[7] He decided not to sign a new deal at Brunton Park and was released at the end of the season.[8]

After leaving Carlisle Cowan joined Barrow in the Conference North.[9] From there he played for Workington,[10] Hucknall Town and Stalybridge Celtic.[11]

After football[edit]

After retiring from playing Cowan became a firefighter and joined the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Clyde 1988–89 Scottish First Division 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2
Total 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2
Rangers 1988–89 Scottish Premier Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1989–90 Scottish Premier Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
1990–91 Scottish Premier Division 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Total 12 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 15 0
Sheffield United 1991–92 First Division 20 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 24 0
1992–93 Premier League 21 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 25 0
1993–94 Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 45 0 2 0 5 0 1 0 53 0
Stoke City (loan) 1993–94 First Division 14 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 18 0
Total 14 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 18 0
Huddersfield Town 1993–94 Second Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
1994–95 Second Division 37 2 2 0 4 0 5 0 48 2
1995–96 First Division 43 2 4 1 4 0 0 0 51 3
1996–97 First Division 42 4 1 0 5 1 0 0 48 5
1997–98 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99 First Division 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 127 8 9 1 13 1 6 0 155 10
Burnley 1998–99 Second Division 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
1999–2000 Second Division 8 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 11 0
Total 20 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 23 1
Cambridge United 1999–2000 Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2000–01 Second Division 41 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 43 2
2001–02 Second Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 50 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 52 3
Peterborough United (loan) 2001–02 Second Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
York City 2002–03 Third Division 33 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 34 1
Total 33 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 34 1
Dundee 2003–04 Scottish Premier League 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 1
Carlisle United 2003–04 Third Division 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
2004–05 Conference National 29 2 3 0 0 0 5 0 37 2
Total 29 3 3 0 0 0 5 0 57 3
Career Total 356 20 16 1 23 1 19 0 414 22
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Conference National play-offs, Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs, Full Members Cup and UEFA Cup.

Honours[edit]

Huddersfield Town
Burnley
Carlisle United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Cowan". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "Tom Cowan". SoccerFactsUK. Retrieved 6 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "Keep it quiet, but Tom Cowan is backing Huddersfield Town in the battle of his former clubs". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cowan poised to join Dundee". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dundee end Dons hoodoo". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cowan joins Carlisle". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Stevenage 0–1 Carlisle". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Defender Cowan leaving Carlisle". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Barrow snap up ex-Blue Cowan". Carlisle News & Star. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Reds' alert to snap up Tom Cowan". North-West Evening Mail. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tom Cowan on the Move Again". Carlisle United Mad. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Blades can learn Ibrox lesson". Sheffield Telegraph. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 

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