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Mark Bowen

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

07/12/1963

Signed

07/12/1999

Country

Wales

Starting off life as an apprentice at Tottenham, Bowen signed a professional contract with the London club in December 1981.

He appeared 17(+4) times for the side and was an unused substitute in their 1984 UEFA Cup Final second leg game against R.S.C. Anderlecht.

In 1987, Bowen became a Norwich player for a fee of £90,000 and made his debut for the Canaries in their home league fixture against Southampton in August.

Spending nine years at Carrow Road, the Neath-born left-back made an outstanding 397(+5) appearances for Norwich, scoring 27 goals, earning a rightful spot in the Canaries Hall of Fame.

During the 1989/90 season, Bowen ended the campaign as the team’s joint-top league goalscorer and also collected the club’s Barry Butler memorial trophy as voted for by the Norwich fans. Other noteworthy moments include 15 starts in a season where they finished third in the maiden season of the Premier League, thus qualifying for the UEFA Cup as a result.

Come August 1996, Bowen had to leave Norwich due to their financial struggles and sort out a move to another Premier league outfit in West Ham. His time as a Hammer consisted of 18(+2) appearances and a Premier League goal against Nottingham Forest in September.

A very brief spell with Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse came to light in March before Football League’s Division One Charlton snatched up the defenders services in a free transfer later that September.

Helping the Addicks to promotion via the Play-off final in May, Bowen made 45(+6) appearances for the side before joining Wigan Athletic and then Reading before the turn of the century.

His one and only Royals game took place during the 1999/00 season at Madejski Stadium on 8th December. A Football League Trophy fixture against Leyton Orient, Bowen saw through the full ninety as it ended with Alan Pardew’s men 1-0 victors.

After hanging up his playing boots, he stepped into the realms of coaching. Starting out as a member of Mark Hughes’ coaching staff for the Welsh national side, Bowen went on to assist Steve Bruce at Crystal Palace and Birmingham, before returning to Hughes’ side as his second in command at Blackburn, QPR and most recently Stoke where he still holds the position to this day, aged 51. 

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