Gordon Bowman

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Gordon Bowman
Personal information
Date of birth 10 February 1927
Date of death 23 September 2013(2013-09-23) (aged 86)
Original team(s) East Malvern
Debut Round 5, 1945, Melbourne
vs. Geelong, at Punt Road
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1945–1950 Melbourne 53 0(9)
1950–1951 Hawthorn 29 0(2)
Total 82 (11)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1951.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Gordon Bowman (10 February 1927 – 23 September 2013)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne and Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Bowman, originally from East Malvern, was a member of Melbourne's 1948 premiership team as a half forward flanker. He joined a struggling Hawthorn side in 1950 and remained with the club until the end of the 1951 VFL season.

In the 1950s he played in Tasmania with Sandy Bay where he captained the club for seven years, including a premiership in 1952. Such was his impact at the club that in 2001 Bowman was named as one of Sandy Bay's official 'Best 25 Players'. Bowman also captained the Tasmanian state side during this period.

Later, Bowman transferred to Queensland side Mayne where he played for five season for two premierships before a final move in 1967 to New South Wales side Newtown, where he played in their 1967 and 1968 premierships, retiring aged 42 after the 1969 Grand Final which Newtown lost. Bowman is the only known Australian rules player to have played in premiership sides in four different states.[2]


  1. ^ "AFL Annual Report 2013 - Obituaries" (PDF). Australian Football League. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Atkinson, p. 72.


  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.

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