Ken Rowley

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Ken Rowley
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Francis Rowley
Date of birth (1926-08-29)29 August 1926
Place of birth Pelsall, England
Date of death 1995 (aged 68–69)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1951 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 (0)
1951–1954 Birmingham City 40 (19)
1954–1995 Coventry City 3 (0)
1957–19?? Bromsgrove Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kenneth Francis Rowley (29 August 1926 – 1995) was an English footballer who played as an inside forward. He made 44 appearances in the Football League playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Coventry City.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Rowley was born in Pelsall, which was then in Staffordshire, in 1926. He turned professional with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1947, but in five years played only one league match for them. He joined Birmingham City in January 1951.[2] He had an excellent strike rate for the club, scoring 12 goals in 28 games in the Second Division,[3] before suffering an injury so severe that medical opinion was that he would never play again.[2] He made a comeback a year later, in December 1953, and scored a further 7 goals in 12 games[4] before moving on to Coventry City in November 1954. At the end of the 1954–55 season injury forced his retirement at the age of 28. Two years later he attempted a comeback in non-league football with Bromsgrove Rovers.[2] He died in 1995.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ken Rowley". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Matthews, pp. 186–88.
  4. ^ Matthews, pp. 189–90.

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