Paddy Rowan

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Paddy Rowan
Paddy Rowan 1912.jpg
Rowan in 1912
Personal information
Full name Percy Edward Rowe
Date of birth (1889-05-28)28 May 1889
Place of birth St Arnaud, Victoria
Date of death 5 December 1916(1916-12-05) (aged 27)
Place of death The Somme, France
Original team(s) South Bendigo
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1911–1915 Collingwood 82 (28)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1915.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Percy Edward Rowe (28 May 1889 – 5 December 1916) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood in the Victorian Football League.


He married Louisa Marion Newby in 1915; and they had a son, Percy, born on 1 May 1916.[1][2]


Rowe, who boxed under the name of Paddy Rowan, was the Victorian amateur champion lightweight boxer, who turned professional in 1910.[3] He was still boxing when in the First AIF.[4]


Although his real name was Percy Rowe he was known at Collingwood as Paddy Rowan, an alias that had originated from his boxing career. The reason for the name change was because he was not permitted to play for the Magpies in 1911 as he had already played with the South Bendigo Football Club that year. In order to sign him up, Collingwood registered him under the assumed name of Paddy Rowan.[5]

Coincidentally another individual, unrelated to Rowan, but also named Percy Rowe (I896-1976) played 96 games for Collingwood during the 1920s; also, Rowan's son, also Percy Rowe, played a number of games with the Collingwood Second XVIII.[6]

Rowan played in two losing Grand Finals, the first from the back pocket in his debut season and the other as a half forward flanker in 1915. Rowan, who was in training with the army while at Collingwood, had completed a 10 mile route march on the morning of the 1915 Grand Final but still took the field.

Paddy Rowan was one of the outstanding players of his time.
I feel sure that had he been spared to return from the war, he would have gone down in football as one of the game's greatest exponents.
There was no phase of it in which he did not excel.
A strong, virile follower, he could, with equal effectiveness, play centre half-back or centre half-forward.
Paddy possessed the determination and courage of two men.
          (Former Collingwood teammate Dan Minogue, in 1937.)[7]


He enlisted in the First AIF in July 1915. He died from shrapnel wounds receive in action at the Battle of the Somme on 5 December 1916.[8][9][10][11]

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