George Bowen (footballer)

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George Bowen
Personal information
Full name George Bowen[1]
Date of birth (1875-07-13)13 July 1875[1]
Place of birth Walsall, England[1]
Date of death 1945 (aged 69–70)[1]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Bridgetown Amateurs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1899–1901 Wolverhampton Wanderers 48 (13)
1901 Liverpool 2 (0)
1901–1904 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 (1)
1904–1905 Burslem Port Vale 6 (1)
Total 59 (15[2])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George Bowen (13 July 1875 – 1945) was an English footballer who played as a winger in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool and Burslem Port Vale.

Career[edit]

Bowen joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from local non-league side Bridgetown Amateurs in July 1899. He made his first team debut on 25 November 1899 in a 1–1 draw at Liverpool. He scored a brace on his Molineux debut the following week, against Blackburn Rovers, and scored seven in total in his debut season, helping the club reach fourth place in the First Division.[3] After being a first team regular in the following season, he was bought by newly crowned League champions Liverpool in May 1901.[4] He made his Liverpool debut at Anfield on 14 September 1901 in the Merseyside derby against Everton.[4] He retained his place for the following game, against Sunderland however he would never play for the "Reds" again after he suffered a knee injury. He soon returned to Wolves and recovered sufficiently to appear in three successive first team games by early 1903. However, he was unable to play regularly for the club and was allowed to join Burslem Port Vale in August 1904.[1] He made a highly successful debut, scoring in a 2–2 draw with Manchester United at the Athletic Ground on 3 September 1904.[1] He lost his place the next month however, and was released at the end of the season after playing just six Second Division games for the club.[1] He retired from the professional game and worked in a factory in Bilston, while still turning out for various non-league clubs.[3]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from George Bowen profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1899–1900 First Division 18 7 2 0 20 7
1900–01 First Division 30 6 3 2 33 8
Total 48 13 5 2 53 15
Liverpool 1900–01 First Division 2 0 0 0 2 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1902–03 First Division 3 1 0 0 3 1
Burslem Port Vale 1904–05 Second Division 6 1 0 0 6 1
Career Total 59 15 5 2 64 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 38. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888-1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (2001). The Wolves Who's Who. West Midlands: Britespot. p. 25. ISBN 1-904103-01-4. 
  4. ^ a b LFC History profile