Terry Owen

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Terry Owen
Personal information
Full name Leslie Terence Owen[1]
Date of birth (1949-09-11) 11 September 1949 (age 67)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England[1]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1965–1966 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1970 Everton 2 (0)
1970–1972 Bradford City 52 (6)
1972–1977 Chester 176 (41)
1977 Cambridge United 1 (0)
1977–1979 Rochdale 83 (21)
1979–1980 Port Vale 18 (3)
1980–1981 Northwich Victoria 8 (2)
1981 Oswestry Town
1981–1983 Colwyn Bay
1983–1984 Caernarfon Town
1984–1985 Prestatyn Town
Total 340+ (73+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Leslie Terence Owen (born 11 September 1949) is an English former footballer who played as a striker. He is the father of former England international striker Michael Owen.

He began his career at Everton, before signing with Bradford City in June 1970. He was sold on to Chester in June 1972 for a fee of £1,000, and helped the club to promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1974–75, as well as a semi-final appearance in the League Cup and a Fifth Round appearance in the FA Cup. He joined Rochdale via Cambridge United in 1977, before moving on to Port Vale in 1979. The next year he entered the non-league scene with Northwich Victoria, Oswestry Town, Colwyn Bay, Caernarfon Town, and Prestatyn Town.

Playing career[edit]

Owen came through the ranks with Everton under Harry Catterick, and made two First Division appearances for the "Toffees" in the 1967–68 season. However he failed to add to his league appearances at Goodison Park, and moved to Bradford City in June 1970. Jimmy Wheeler's "Bantams" finished just two places and one point above the Third Division relegation zone in 1970–71, but were relegated to the Fourth Division after finishing in last place in 1971–72 under new boss Bryan Edwards. Owen scored six goals in 47 league appearances for Bradford, and was sold to Chester in June 1972 for a fee of £1,000.[2]

He made his "Seals" debut in a 1–1 draw with Cambridge United in August 1972, and went on to bag 41 league goals in 199 appearances in one of the most successful periods in the club's history. A 15th-place finish in the Fourth Division in 1972–73 was followed by a seventh-place finish in 1973–74. Ken Roberts's side achieved promotion in 1974–75 by securing the fourth automatic promotion place with only a slender higher goal average than fifth place Lincoln City. More remarkably, Chester reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, beating Leeds United and Newcastle United along the way. Owen scored in the 2–2 first-leg draw with Aston Villa at Sealand Road, and played in the return game as Chester narrowly lost 3–2 at Villa Park to deny Owen an appearance at Wembley Stadium.[3] Owen finished as the club's top league scorer during the campaign, with 14 goals to his name. He managed double-figures again in 1975–76, as Chester retained their Third Division status. Another mid-table finish was achieved in 1976–77 under player-manager Alan Oakes, and Owen also featured in the FA Cup Fifth Round defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Owen left Chester in the summer of 1977 and played just one Third Division game for his next club, Cambridge United, against Chester, before returning to the north-west with Mike Ferguson's Rochdale. The Spotland outfit finished bottom of the Football League in 1977–78 with just 24 points from 46 games. They managed to then finish one place and two points above the re-election zone in 1978–79. He scored 21 goals in 82 league games for "Dale".

He joined Port Vale in summer 1979, as one of Dennis Butler's last signings as manager.[1] His first goal for the "Valiants" came against former club Rochdale, in a 5–1 win at Vale Park on 29 September.[1] He finished the 1979–80 campaign with three goals in 19 appearances, as Vale recorded the lowest league finish in their history – 20th in the 24 team Fourth Division.[1] He was then given a free transfer to Northwich Victoria of the Alliance Premier League.[1] He scored twice in eight league games in 1980–81, before moving into Welsh football with Oswestry Town. In 1981, he signed with Colwyn Bay, before joining Caernarfon Town of the North West Counties League. The "Canaries" finished 14th in the First Division in 1983–84. He then returned to Welsh non-league football with Prestatyn Town.[4]

Family links with football[edit]

One of Owen's five children is former England international Michael Owen.[5] As the younger Owen began to make the mark in junior football with Hawarden Rangers, he was regularly referred to in the Chester press as "son of former Chester striker, Terry".[6] However, as time wore on and he began to establish himself in his own right, the roles would be reversed, with Terry Owen normally spoken of just as Michael Owen's father. Before Michael joined rivals Liverpool as a youngster he supported Everton, the club where his father started his career.[7] Owen has often been seen at events with his son, such as when he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1998.

Owen is also the father-in-law of Richie Partridge, who played for Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday, and Chester City. He asked his father-in-law for advice prior to joining Chester in 2007.[8] One of Owen's other sons, Andrew, spent time with Chester as a youngster without making any appearances and later played for Holywell Town.[9]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Terry Owen 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
Everton 1967–68 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Bradford City 1970–71 Third Division 28 4 1 0 1 1 30 5
1971–72 Third Division 24 2 1 0 2 0 27 2
Total 52 6 2 0 3 1 57 7
Chester City 1972–73 Fourth Division 35 4 2 0 3 0 40 4
1973–74 Fourth Division 29 8 2 1 0 0 31 9
1974–75 Fourth Division 37 14 1 0 5 2 43 16
1975–76 Third Division 40 11 3 0 1 0 44 11
1976–77 Third Division 35 4 2 0 3 0 40 4
Total 176 41 10 1 12 2 198 44
Cambridge United 1977–78 Third Division 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Rochdale 1977–78 Fourth Division 42 10 1 2 0 0 43 12
1978–79 Fourth Division 41 11 1 0 2 0 44 11
Total 83 21 2 2 2 0 87 23
Port Vale 1979–80 Fourth Division 18 3 0 0 2 0 20 3
Career Total 332 71 14 3 20 3 366 77

Honours[edit]

with Chester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 222. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885–1997. p. 84. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  3. ^ "Great Merseyside tradition of semi final drama". Liverpool Echo (see match 2). 5 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  4. ^ 'Where are they now?', Chester City v. Bradford City matchday programme; 6 February 1993; pg. 20
  5. ^ JockBio: Michael Owen Biography
  6. ^ Michael Owen (2004). Off the Record:My Autobiography. CollinsWillow. p. 9. ISBN 0-00-218939-9. 
  7. ^ Michael Owen (2004). Off the Record:My Autobiography. CollinsWillow. p. 33. ISBN 0-00-218939-9. 
  8. ^ "Partridge wings in for Blues". Liverpool Echo. 22 June 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  9. ^ Michael Owen (2004). Off the Record:My Autobiography. CollinsWillow. pp. 31–32. ISBN 0-00-218939-9.