Gary Owers

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Gary Owers
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-10-03) 3 October 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Gateshead, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1994 Sunderland 320 (25)
1994–1998 Bristol City 130 (9)
1998–2002 Notts County 154 (12)
2002–2003 Forest Green Rovers 50 (1)
2003–2005 Bath City 67 (6)
2005–2006 Forest Green Rovers 0 (0)
2006–2007 Weston-super-Mare
2007 Minehead
Teams managed
2003–2005 Bath City
2005–2006 Forest Green Rovers
2007 Weston-super-Mare
2009–2011 Aldershot Town (assistant manager)
2012–2014 Plymouth Argyle (assistant manager)
2015 Motherwell (Head of Recruitment)
2015 Gateshead (assistant manager)
2016– Bath City
2016– Partick Thistle (Head English Scout)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary Owers (born 3 October 1968) is an English former professional footballer, and current manager of National League South club Bath City. He was previously manager of Forest Green Rovers as well as the assistant manager at League Two sides Aldershot Town and Plymouth Argyle and National League outfit Gateshead


Born in Gateshead, Owers began his career with Sunderland, making his debut in 1986 and playing in the 1992 FA Cup Final, in which Sunderland lost to Liverpool. In December 1994 Owers moved to Bristol City for a fee of £250,000, and he spent four years there, before moving to Sam Allardyce's Notts County in the summer of 1998. In 2000 Owers signed a new two-year deal with Notts County.[1] He was released by Notts County at the end of the 2001-02 season and was signed by Nigel Spink, the manager of Forest Green Rovers in August 2002.[2]

Owers became player-coach at Bath City in October 2003.[3] He was appointed as Bath's new manager the following month,[4] and led them to sixth place in the Southern League Premier Division in 2005-2006, missing out on the play-offs on goal difference.

Owers replaced Alan Lewer as manager of Forest Green Rovers in May 2005 after they had been relegated from the Conference National. However, they got a surprise reprieve as Northwich Victoria's ground failed to meet division rules, meaning they were relegated with Forest Green taking their place.

In his first season in charge of Forest Green, where he managed the club's first ever full-time professional squad, he led the team to 19th place in the Conference avoiding relegation on the last day of the season with a 2-0 victory over Stevenage Borough.[5] However, after a disappointing start to the 2006-07 season, he left the club alongside assistant manager Shaun Taylor in August 2006.[6]

On 11 November 2009 Aldershot Town Manager Kevin Dillon, confirmed that Owers was to be his new Assistant Manager at Aldershot Town.Under Dillon and Owers Shots finished in their highest ever league position ( 6th ) before losing to Rotherham over a two legged play off semi final.

In June 2011 Owers was appointed as a scout at former club Bristol City under manager Keith Millen.Promoted to first team coach after the arrival of Derek Mcinnes.

In June 2012 Owers joined the coaching staff at Plymouth Argyle primarily to work with the youth team players under newly appointed Academy Manager Kevin Hodges. In January 2013 Owers was promoted from Argyle's youth set-up to begin working with the first team by newly appointed manager John Sheridan.[7]

In April 2014 he left Plymouth Argyle, with his role being taken up duly by Sean McCarthy and player Paul Wotton.[8] In March 2015, he was confirmed Head of Recruitment at SPFL Premiership side Motherwell.[9] However, only three months later in June 2015 he was named as assistant manager to Malcolm Crosby at National League club Gateshead[10] but left the club in November 2015 following the sacking of Crosby.[11] On 4 February 2016, he returned to Twerton Park for a second spell as manager of Bath City.[12]

Gary works as Head English based Scout for Scottish Premiership team Partick Thistle, setting assignments for their network of 4 scouts watching games in the English lower leagues. Thistle have signed Adam Barton from Portsmouth, the 1st transfer fee paid by Thistle in many years, & Ade Azeez from AFC Wimbledon on the back of this scouting network.


  1. ^ "New deal for Owers". BBC Sport. 12 October 2000. 
  2. ^ "Forest Green sign Owers". 
  3. ^ Bath appoint Owers as player-coach
  4. ^ Bath go for Owers
  5. ^ "Forest Green 2-0 Stevenage". BBC Sport. 29 April 2006. 
  6. ^ "Manager Owers leaves Forest Green". BBC Sport. 27 August 2006. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Gary Owers leaves role as Plymouth Argyle first-team coach". BBC Sport. 28 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gary Owers is Head of Recruitment". Motherwell F.C. 9 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Former Forest Green boss Gary Owers set to swap Motherwell for Gateshead". Stroud News & Journal. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Gateshead: Tynesiders sack manager Malcolm Crosby". BBC Sport. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Bath City: Gary Owers makes a return as Romans boss". Bath Chronicle. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

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