Bob Dowie

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Bob Dowie
Personal information
Full name Bob Dowie
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bishop's Stortford
1983-85 Cheshunt 49 (3)
Hertford Town
St Albans City
Aylesbury United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bob Dowie is a British football coach. He is a former Director of Football at Championship club Crystal Palace.

An experienced non-league player, he played for Bishop's Stortford, Cheshunt where he played 49 times and scored three goals between 1983 and 1985, Enfield, Hertford Town, St Albans City and Hendon, where he had a spell as player/manager, and finally Aylesbury United, where he became club-captain during his non-league career.

After retiring from playing, Dowie took up managing full-time, with Chesham United and St Albans City, before moving to the big-time in early-2004, a Director of Football post at Palace, where his brother Iain was the manager at the time. Palace went up to the Premiership, but were relegated after one season back to the Championship. At the end of the Championship season, Iain left his post as manager. Despite the fact that many Palace fans felt Bob should have left at the same time, chairman Simon Jordan gave his full support to Bob, saying that he also had a big role in selecting Peter Taylor, who he worked with at Hendon, to succeed his brother.[1] Dowie senior also played a part in forming U.S. based academy side Crystal Palace Baltimore, before departing his role in late-2006.

Dowie's daughter Natasha is an England women's national football team centre-forward.[2]


  1. ^ "Dowie senior safe in Palace role": website.
  2. ^ Mark Hemmings (2010-01-22). "England and Everton football ace Natasha Dowie to visit Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield". Welwyn Hatfield Times. Retrieved 2010-05-26.