Paul Bowles (footballer)

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Paul Bowles
Personal information
Full name Paul Michael Anthony Bowles[1]
Date of birth (1957-05-31)31 May 1957[1]
Place of birth Crumpsall, England[1]
Date of death 14 March 2017(2017-03-14) (aged 59)
Playing position Central Defender
Youth career
Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1979 Crewe Alexandra 178 (20)
1979–1982 Port Vale 98 (8)
1980 Southampton (loan) 0 (0)
1982–1984 Stockport County 70 (0)
Barrow
Total 346+ (28+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Michael Anthony Bowles (31 May 1957 – 14 March 2017) was an English footballer. A central defender, he scored 26 goals in 346 league appearances in a nine-year career in the Fourth Division of the Football League.[2] He was a cousin of Stan Bowles.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Bowles spent time as a youth player at Manchester United, before he started his career with Crewe Alexandra.[4] He scored 20 goals in 178 Fourth Division appearances in four seasons at Gresty Road. He helped Harry Gregg's "Railwaymen" to finished 16th in 1975–76, 12th in 1976–77, and 15th in 1977–78, before Crewe fell to last place in the 1978–79 campaign under the stewardship of Warwick Rimmer.

Port Vale[edit]

He was signed by Alan Bloor at league rivals Port Vale for a £30,000 fee in October 1979.[1] However two months later Bloor was replaced by John McGrath, who seemed not to rate Bowles.[1] He was sent out on loan to Southampton in January 1980, although he never played first-team football for the "Saints", and instead made three appearances for the reserves.[5] Back at Vale Park, he featured just eleven times in the 1979–80 campaign.[1] Despite struggling with his weight, he featured 49 times in the 1980–81 season, scoring four goals.[1] He played 53 of the "Valiants" 55 games in the 1981–82 season, but was given a free transfer to league rivals Stockport County in May 1982.[1]

Stockport County[edit]

He played 70 league games for Eric Webster's "Hatters", helping the Edgeley Park outfit to post 16th and 12th places finishes in 1982–83 and 1983–84. However, he picked up a double fracture to his ankle playing against Liverpool at Anfield in the League Cup, and was unable to fully recover from the injury.[4] He was released in summer 1985 and moved on to Northern Premier League side Barrow.

Style of play[edit]

Former Port Vale teammate Peter Farrell stated that Bowles was a good technical central defender.[4]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Paul Bowles profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crewe Alexandra 1974–75 Fourth Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1975–76 Fourth Division 43 5 1 0 5 0 49 5
1976–77 Fourth Division 33 2 3 0 2 0 38 2
1977–78 Fourth Division 43 5 3 0 2 0 48 5
1978–79 Fourth Division 45 8 2 1 4 2 51 11
1979–80 Fourth Division 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Total 178 20 9 1 14 2 201 23
Port Vale 1979–80 Fourth Division 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
1980–81 Fourth Division 44 6 5 0 0 0 49 6
1981–82 Fourth Division 44 2 5 0 4 0 53 2
Total 98 8 11 0 4 0 113 8
Stockport County 1982–83 Fourth Division 29 0 1 0 2 0 32 0
1983–84 Fourth Division 38 0 1 0 4 0 43 0
1984–85 Fourth Division 3 0 0 0 3 0 6 0
Total 70 0 2 0 9 0 81 0
Career Total 346 28 22 1 27 2 395 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 38. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "stats". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Sherwin, Phil (12 November 2011). "A virtuoso performance secured outstanding win". The Sentinel: The Way We Were. 
  4. ^ a b c Baggaley, Mike (28 March 2017). "Tributes paid to former Port Vale and Crewe defender Paul Bowles". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. pp. 455 & 611. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.