|Full name||David Roy Cowling|
|Date of birth||27 November 1958|
|Place of birth||Doncaster, England|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|1988||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
David Roy "Dave" Cowling (born 27 November 1958, in Doncaster, England) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a midfielder for Huddersfield Town, where he played 340 league games during the 1970s and 1980s. He also played for Scunthorpe United and Reading.
Born in Doncaster, Cowling started his career at Mansfield Town, but never appeared for their first team before moving to Huddersfield Town in 1977. He is particularly remembered for two goals he scored during the 1982–83 season: the winner against Leeds United in the Football League Cup, and the only goal of the game against Newport County which secured Huddersfield's promotion to the Second Division.
After his playing days, Cowling joined the coaching staff at Scunthorpe United. He then moved to Doncaster Rovers, where he coached the youth teams before taking over as first team manager in October 1997, a post which he resigned after ten days because of interference from the chairman regarding team selection. He remained on the staff under Danny Bergara's management, but was laid off a few months later.
After a short stint at Goole AFC, and turning down management positions abroad, notably in the United States and Sweden, Cowling went on to become director of youth at Bury F.C., youth development officer for Darlington F.C., and then also director of a football development centre at Darlington College, and established a soccer school in partnership with his son Lee, also a former professional footballer. Dave also holds a UEFA Pro qualified coach badge.
As well as his position with Darlington, he has spent time working for Southampton FC as a club scout. David is also a Northern scout for Liverpool F.C. and Fulham FC.
Highly regarded by many Premier League clubs for his experience in youth development, Dave has unparalleled experience as a player and coach at all levels of the game, Dave also works for The FA Premier League as a Staff Coach at The Premier League Exit trials.
As of 2011, Cowling set up and runs a footballing academy based at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, England with his son Lee Cowling. The academy is the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom, providing formal education and footballing education to teenagers and young adults.
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