Paul Bowles (footballer)
|Full name||Paul Michael Anthony Bowles|
|Date of birth||31 May 1957|
|Place of birth||Crumpsall, England|
|Date of death||14 March 2017(aged 59)|
|Playing position||Central Defender|
|1980||→ Southampton (loan)||0||(0)|
|* 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. He was a cousin of Stan Bowles.
Bowles spent time as a youth player at Manchester United, before he started his career with Crewe Alexandra. 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.
He was signed by Alan Bloor at league rivals Port Vale for a £30,000 fee in October 1979. However two months later Bloor was replaced by John McGrath, who seemed not to rate Bowles. 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. Back at Vale Park, he featured just eleven times in the 1979–80 campaign. Despite struggling with his weight, as one of the more experienced players in a youthful squad he was given the captaincy and featured 49 times in the 1980–81 season, scoring four goals. 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.
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. He was released in summer 1985 and moved on to Northern Premier League side Barrow.
Style of play
|Crewe Alexandra||1974–75||Fourth Division||8||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
|Port Vale||1979–80||Fourth Division||10||0||1||0||0||0||11||0|
|Stockport County||1982–83||Fourth Division||29||0||1||0||2||0||32||0|
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