|Date of birth||6 June 1951|
|Place of birth||Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Ian Bowyer (born 6 June 1951 in Little Sutton, Cheshire) is an English former footballer who played mostly as a midfielder. At Manchester City he played in winning Football League Cup and European Cup Winner's Cup Finals. At Nottingham Forest he won the 1977–78 Football League and 1977–78 Football League Cup. The following season he won the 1979 European Cup Final and 1978–79 Football League Cup. He was part of Forest's successful retaining of the European Cup the season after.
The following March he came on as a substitute for Mike Summerbee in the 1970 Football League Cup Final beating West Bromwich Albion 2–1. A month later he was a substitute in another Cup Final success when he replaced Mike Doyle after 23 minutes in the 1970 European Cup Winners' Cup Final against Górnik Zabrze in Vienna.
In 1973 Bowyer moved to Nottingham Forest in the second tier of the Football League. Brian Clough took over as manager in 1975 bringing in Peter Taylor as his assistant the year after. Bowyer and Forest were promoted back to the top tier at the end of the 1976-77 Football League first season Clough and Taylor were in charge at Forest.
In their first season back in the top flight Forest were Football League champions finishing seven points above Liverpool (at a time when two points were awarded for a win). Forest beat Liverpool in a replay in that season's 1978 Football League Cup Final.
Forest retained the League Cup the season after beating Southampton 3–2 with Bowyer an unused substitute in the final. They were drawn against Liverpool in the first round of the 1978-79 European Cup progressing 2–0 on aggregate. In the semi final Bowyer scored the decisive goal against FC Koln in the 1–0 win in Germany after a 3–3 draw in Nottingham. Bowyer played in the 1–0 1979 European Cup Final win against Malmo just as he did the following season against Hamburger SV.
Return to Forest
Coaching and management
He joined Hereford United as a player-manager in July 1987, succeeding John Newman as manager three months later. He led Hereford to Welsh Cup glory in 1990 before leaving the club. He finished his playing career at Grantham Town.
All competitive league games (league and domestic cup) and international matches (including friendlies) are included.
- As of 11 April 2015
- Manchester City
- Nottingham Forest
- 1976-77 Anglo-Scottish Cup
- 1976-77 Football League Second Division promotion
- 1977-78 Football League First Division
- Football League Cup: 1977–78, 1978–79
- 1978 FA Charity Shield
- European Cup: 1978–79, 1979–80
- 1979 UEFA Super Cup
- Ian Bowyer at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
- Ian Bowyer, Blue Moon
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- "Where Are They Now – From A to I". Nottingham Forest Official Site. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2010.