Josh Gowling

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Josh Gowling
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Gowling in 2011
Personal information
Full name Joshua Anthony Isaac Gowling
Date of birth (1983-11-29) 29 November 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Grimsby Town
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2002 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2003–2005 Herfølge 30 (0)
2004–2005 Ølstykke FC (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2008 Bournemouth 83 (1)
2008 Carlisle United 4 (0)
2008–2009 Hereford United (loan) 13 (0)
2009 Gillingham (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2011 Gillingham 52 (4)
2010 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2011–2012 Lincoln City 37 (0)
2012–2015 Kidderminster Harriers 106 (6)
2015 Grimsby Town (loan) 3 (1)
2015– Grimsby Town 55 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 January 2017 (UTC).

Joshua Anthony Isaac "Josh" Gowling (born 29 November 1983) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for League Two side Grimsby Town.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gowling with The Gills.

A central defender, Gowling began his career as a trainee at West Bromwich Albion aged just 14 under the guidance of Richard O'Kelly, who was later Bournemouth's assistant manager.[1]

Following his release from Albion, he signed for Danish Premier Division club Herfølge Boldklub, making 17 appearances in 2003–04 and 13 appearances in 2004–05. He soon became disillusioned with life in Denmark, and returned to England.[1]

2005–2008: Bournemouth[edit]

He joined AFC Bournemouth on a trial basis to begin with in the 2005 close season, and signed a one-year contract after impressing in various pre-season friendlies.[2] He began the 2005–06 season in good form before rupturing his knee ligaments after about a minute's play in the away match to Brentford – this serious injury ruled him out for the rest of the season.[3] Having gradually returned to full fitness following his injury, Gowling featured in over 30 league games during the 2006–07 season.

His performance in the 2–0 home win against Yeovil Town on 15 March 2008 saw him named in the League One Team of the Week.[4] In 2007–08 he made 39 league appearances as Bournemouth were relegated to League Two.

2008: Carlisle United[edit]

On 19 June 2008 Gowling, whose contract with Bournemouth had run out, signed for Carlisle United on a free transfer. He agreed a two-year contract with the club, who had lost in the League One play-offs the previous season,[5] but spent most of that season on loan at Hereford, against whom he had made his league debut for Carlisle.[6]

2009–2011: Gillingham[edit]

In July 2009 Gowling joined Gillingham on loan, initially for a month,[7] and made his debut on 8 August in a 5–0 home win over Swindon Town. On 26 August 2009, Gowling transferred to Gillingham on a two-year contract, just two days after extending the loan deal for another month.[8]

On 28 October 2010 he agreed to join Lincoln City on a month-long loan deal[9] with the paperwork being completed the following day.[10] He returned to Gillingham at the end of his loan deal.[11]

In July 2011, he joined Crewe Alexandra on trial playing seventy minutes in the club's 4–0 friendly victory at Congleton Town on 11 July 2011[12] but was not offered a contract.[13]

2010–2012: Lincoln City[edit]

On 14 July 2011, he agreed a two-year contract to return to Lincoln City.[14] On 31 August 2012 he left Lincoln City by mutual consent[15]

2012–2015: Kidderminster Harriers[edit]

On the same day he agreed a deal to sign for Kidderminster Harriers.[16] Gowling became a key figure in the Harriers defence, ending the 2012–13 season in the Conference team of the year alongside team mates Lee Vaughan and Anthony Malbon,[17] a season where Harriers finished 2nd, behind Mansfield Town. Gowling took the captain's armband for the 2014–15 season and also took a player/coach role within the club.[18]

2015–: Grimsby Town[edit]

On 26 March 2015, Gowling joined Grimsby Town on loan till the end of the season.[19] He scored on his debut for the Mariners on the 6 April 2015, from a corner he fired in Jack Mackreth's cross in the 69th minute, breaking the deadlock in the 0–2 victory over Alfreton Town, with a right footed shot 3 yards out from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.[20]

On 28 May 2015, Gowling signed a permanent two-year deal with the club.[21] Gowling played in Grimsby's 3–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the 2016 National League play-off Final at Wembley, seeing Grimsby promoted to League Two after a six-year absence from the Football League.[22][23] His efforts over the season earned him a place in the 2015–16 Vanarama Conference team of the year, alongside the league's outstanding players.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 2 January 2017.[25][26]
Club Season Division League Play-offs FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 2002–03 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Herfølge 2003–04 Danish Superliga 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2004–05 Danish Superliga 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Ølstykke FC (loan) 2004–05 Danish 1st Division 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Bournemouth 2005–06[27] League One 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 15 0
2006–07[28] League One 33 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 36 1
2007–08[29] League One 37 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 2[a] 0 43 0
Total 83 1 0 0 4 0 3 0 4 0 94 1
Carlisle United 2008–09[30] League One 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Total 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Hereford United (loan) 2008–09[30] League One 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Gillingham 2009–10[31] League One 30 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 1[a] 0 36 1
2010–11[32] League One 22 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 24 2
Total 52 3 0 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 60 3
Lincoln City 2010–11[32] League Two 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2011–12[33] Conference Premier 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2[b] 0 39 0
Total 41 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 45 0
Kidderminster Harriers 2012–13[34] Conference Premier 40 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 2[b] 0 46 4
2013–14[35] Conference Premier 36 2 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 43 2
2014–15[36] Conference Premier 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 1 31 1
Total 106 6 2 0 9 0 0 0 3 1 120 7
Grimsby Town 2014–15[36] Conference Premier 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
2015–16[37] National League 37 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 3[b] 0 46 2
2016–17[38] League Two 18 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2[c] 0 21 0
Total 58 3 5 0 4 0 0 0 5 0 72 3
Career total 400 13 7 0 23 0 6 0 17 1 453 14
  1. ^ a b c d e f Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grimsby Town

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Josh: I'll Prove Baggies Wrong". Daily Echo. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gowling signs Cherries contract". BBC Sport. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "Gowling will miss rest of season". BBC Sport. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 7 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Coca-Cola League One Team of the Week (17/03/2008)" (pdf). The Football League. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Gowling makes Carlisle switch". BBC Sport. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Hereford sign Weale and Gowling". BBC Sport. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Josh Gowling signs on loan". Gillingham F.C. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Gowling signs two-year Gills deal". BBC Sport. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Centre-back agrees loan deal". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gowling loan move finalised". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Duo agree loan extensions". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Gowling survives clash of heads". Crewe Alexandra F.C. Official Website. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Alex let go trialists but keeper remains". Crewe Alexandra F.C. Official Website. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Gowling returns on two-year deal". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Gowling departs". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Kidderminster Harriers sign Josh Gowling and Manny Panther". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Conference Premier team of the season". BBC Sport. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Defender Josh Gowling heads into player-coach position at Aggborough". Kidderminster Harriers F.C. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Grimsby Town sign Kidderminster defender". BBC Sport. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Alfreton 0–2 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "Grimsby Town complete double signing of Jack Mackreth and Josh Gowling". Grimsby Telegraph. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Forest Green 1–3 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "Grimsby secure promotion back to Football League at Wembley". Sky Sports. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "Town Trio Named In Top National League Team". Grimsby Town F.C. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  25. ^ Josh Gowling at Soccerbase
  26. ^ Josh Gowling at Soccerway
  27. ^ "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2005/2006". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2006/2007". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2007/2008". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2008/2009". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2009/2010". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2010/2011". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2011/2012". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2012/2013". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2013/2014". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  36. ^ a b "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2014/2015". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2015/2016". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Josh Gowling in 2016–17". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 

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