Ian Bowyer

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Ian Bowyer
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Personal information
Date of birth (1951-06-06) 6 June 1951 (age 65)
Place of birth Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1971 Manchester City 49 (13)
1971–1973 Leyton Orient 78 (19)
1973–1981 Nottingham Forest 211 (49)
1981–1982 Sunderland 15 (1)
1982–1987 Nottingham Forest 206 (19)
1987–1990 Hereford United 40 (1)
1990–1991 Grantham Town 9 (1)
Total 608 (103)
Teams managed
1987–1990 Hereford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Bowyer (born 6 June 1951 in Little Sutton, Cheshire)[1] is an English former footballer who spent much of his career at Nottingham Forest, and was part of their European Cup victories in 1979 and 1980.

Playing career[edit]

He started his career at Manchester City[1] and came on as a substitute for them in the 1970 Football League Cup Final, when they defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-1. His last game for City was on 1 May 1971 against Tottenham Hotspur. For the following season he moved to Orient.[1]

In 1973 Bowyer moved to Nottingham Forest.[2] During his first spell at the club he enjoyed European Cup success in 1979 and 1980, and a League Cup winners medal in 1978 (playing in both the original game and replay) and the league title in 1978, just one year after promotion.

He left Forest in January 1981 to join Sunderland, debuting for them on 28 January 1981 against Manchester United. However, the following year he re-joined Forest and went on to make another 200 league appearances for them,[1] finishing with a total of 564 Forest senior games (96 goals).[2]

Coaching and management[edit]

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.[1]

In 1994, he became assistant manager to Peter Shilton at Plymouth Argyle, and he later moved to Rotherham United until September 1996. He later became a coach at Birmingham City.[3]

He returned to Forest as coach in 2002, and stayed for three years. In 2006, he was appointed assistant manager to Paul Hart at Rushden & Diamonds, and he later scouted for Portsmouth.[4]

Managerial statistics[edit]

All competitive league games (league and domestic cup) and international matches (including friendlies) are included.

As of 11 April 2015
Team Nat Year Record
G W D L Win %
Hereford United England 1987–1990 142 46 37 59 32.39
Career Total 142 46 37 59 32.39


Manchester City
Nottingham Forest


  1. ^ a b c d e Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  2. ^ a b "22 Ian Bowyer". Top 50 Nottingham Forest Players. The Times. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Andy Pringle and Neil Fissler (1996). "Where are they now?". Bob's 70-71 footballers. Two Heads. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Where Are They Now - From A to I". Nottingham Forest Official Site. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 

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