|Date of birth||22 October 1978|
|Place of birth||Havering, London, England|
|Lincoln City (manager)|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||0||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Romford (loan)||18||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Cowley was born in Havering, London. He started his playing career with Wimbledon. Playing as a midfielder he also spent time with non-league clubs, including Romford, AFC Hornchurch and Brentwood Town, before his career was ended by injury in 2007. Shortly after that, he was offered the manager's job at Concord Rangers.
When he took over at Concord, the club was playing in the Essex Senior Football League, in front of crowds of generally not more than 50 people per match. In his first season in charge the club were promoted to the Isthmian League Division One North, and narrowly missed out on a second successive promotion the following year, before being promoted a year later. After two seasons of consolidation, Cowley won his third promotion with the club, this time to the National League South. In his last season in charge, Concord reached the first round proper of the FA Cup, while narrowly missing out on a play-off spot.
On 30 April 2015, Cowley became manager of Braintree Town. That season Braintree secured their highest-ever finish of third place in the National League, and qualified for the play-offs. In the play-off semi-finals, they won the first leg at Grimsby Town, defeating them 1–0, before losing the second leg 2–0 at home, failing to qualify for the final as his side lost 2–1 on aggregate.
During Cowley's first season in charge of Lincoln, he oversaw the club's promotion back to the Football League - doing so by winning the National League title with two games to spare. This, after a six-year absence since relegation in 2011.
In the same season Lincoln became the first non-league club to reach the quarter-final of the FA Cup in over a century, knocking out Championship sides Ipswich Town and Brighton & Hove Albion, followed by Premier League side Burnley, in the process. Lincoln eventually lost 5–0 to Arsenal in the quarter-finals. In April 2018, with their contracts due to end in 2021, Cowley and his brother signed contract extensions lasting until 2022.
On 8 April 2018, he led his team to the EFL Trophy final against Shrewsbury Town at Wembley Stadium which they won 1-0 owing to a goal by Elliott Whitehouse. It was Lincoln's first ever game at Wembley.
In Lincoln's first season back in the league (2017–18) they finished the season seventh in League Two. The following season, Cowley guided Lincoln to promotion to League One, returning to the third tier of English football for the first time since 1999.
Growing up, Cowley was a West Ham United supporter. During his spells as manager of Concord Rangers and Braintree Town, Cowley combined his management role with teaching Physical Education at FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh, Essex. Cowley has a brother, Nicky, who played alongside him at Romford and has been his assistant manager at Concord Rangers, Braintree Town and Lincoln City.
- As of match played 19 April 2019
|Braintree Town||30 April 2015||13 May 2016||53||26||13||14||49.1|||
|Lincoln City||13 May 2016||Present||171||93||47||31||54.4|||
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