Mark Gower

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Mark Gower
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Personal information
Date of birth (1978-10-05) 5 October 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Edmonton, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2001 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
1999 Motherwell (loan) 9 (1)
2001–2003 Barnet 90 (15)
2003–2008 Southend United 203 (35)
2008–2013 Swansea City 129 (3)
2013 Charlton Athletic (loan) 6 (0)
2013–2014 Charlton Athletic 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:25, 25 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Gower (born 5 October 1978) is an English footballer.

Career[edit]

Born in Edmonton, London and moving to Romford, Gower began his career at Tottenham Hotspur where he was a member of the League Cup winning squad in the 1998–99 season. He had a spell on loan at Motherwell before joining Barnet in January 2001 for £32,500. He joined Swansea City after declining a new contract at Southend United. He has the ability to play across the midfield, and he signed for Swansea City on a free transfer.[1]

A midfielder, he is predominantly right-footed but can play on either flank or in the middle. Gower played for England schoolboys through to the under 18 team from the age of 14.

Gower played for Southend for five seasons, scoring 39 goals in the process. He moved to Swansea City when his contract at Southend expired. Gower failed to score in his first season with Swansea.

Before the start of the 2009–10 season, Gower revealed he would be ditching his number 11 shirt, when he chose that number all the squad told him it was 'cursed' and fail to find good form. Gower now wears the number 27 shirt.[2] Shortly after changing shirt numbers he scored four goals in two pre-season friendlies. He finally scored his first league goal for Swansea in the 2–0 win over Queens Park Rangers. Since the start of the 2010–11 season under new manager Brendan Rodgers, Mark has adapted a new role in the centre of midfield and had played with eight different players this season in that very same position: Jordi López, Andrea Orlandi, Kemy Agustien, Darren Pratley, Joe Allen, David Cotterill, Scott Donnelly and the returning Leon Britton. Gower signed a one-year extension to his contract in November 2010, the extension proved Gower was viewed as integral to Brendan Rodgers plans.[3]

Gower scored two 25-yard goals in consecutive games against Norwich City and Hull City respectively.

Gower signed for Charlton Athletic on a free from Swansea City on 3 June 2013, after a successful loan spell towards the end of the 2012–13 Football League season.[4]On 22 May 2014, he was released from Charlton Athletic.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 June 2011
Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2000–01 Barnet Division Three 14 2 0 0 1 0 15 2
2001–02 Conference National 35 5 2 0 1 0 38 6
2002–03 41 6 4 1 8 1 53 1
2003–04 Southend Division Three 40 6 4 2 8 1 52 9
2004–05 League Two 41 6 1 0 6 1 48 7
2005–06 League One 40 6 1 0 1 0 42 0
2006–07 Championship 43 8 3 1 5 1 51 10
2007–08 League One 44 9 4 0 1 0 49 9
2008–09 Swansea City Championship 36 0 3 0 2 0 41 0
2009–10 31 1 1 0 2 0 34 0
2010–11 42 2 1 0 2 0 45 2
2011–12 Premier League 20 0 1 0 1 0 22 0
2012–13 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
Total England 405 53 21 3 32 4 458 60
Career total 405 53 21 3 32 4 458 60

Honours[edit]

Southend United
Swansea City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martinex confirms Gower signing". BBC Sport. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "No more 11 curse for Gower". Planet Swans. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gower signs new Swans deal". Sky Sports. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mark Gower joins Charlton Athletic after Swansea City exit". BBC Sport. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Charlton announce list of released players". Charlton Athletic. 22 May 2014. 

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