John McDowell (footballer)

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John McDowell
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-09-07) 7 September 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth East Ham, London, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1979 West Ham United 249 (8)
1979–1982 Norwich City 41 (1)
National team
England Youth 1 (0)
England Under 23 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John McDowell (born 7 September 1951 in East Ham, London) is an English former footballer.

McDowell was a first-team regular for West Ham United for ten years, missing only the 1976–77 season due to injury. He played as a defender, replacing Billy Bonds as right-back after the latter had switched to midfield. He made his league debut in October 1970 against Blackpool. McDowell joined Norwich City in August 1979 for £20,000, making his debut in a 4–2 win at Everton on 18 August 1979. He made 45 appearances for the club, scoring one goal.

He left Norwich in May 1982 to become assistant manager at Bristol Rovers.


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