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John Frederick "Jack" Rowley (7 October 1920 – 28 June 1998) was an English football striker from the 1930s to the 1950s, mainly remembered for playing for Manchester United. He was nicknamed "The Gunner" because of his prolific and explosive goalscoring, achieving scoring statistics with United of 208 goals in 422 appearances. His younger brother, Arthur, still holds the record for the most number of goals scored in the Football League during a career with 434.

Career

Rowley started his professional career in 1935 with Wolverhampton Wanderers, although he never found a place in the first team. In 1937, he moved to Bournemouth & Boscombe, scoring 10 goals in his first 11 games. His talent soon brought him to the attention of larger clubs and Rowley was purchased 8 months later by Manchester United for £3,000. Still only 17, his debut for the club came on 23 October 1937 against Sheffield Wednesday. In his second game, he scored 4 goals against Swansea Town.

Initially bought as a left sided winger, he was to develop into a highly effective centre forward in Matt Busby's first United team. He helped United to the 1948 FA Cup (scoring two goals in the final) and their 1952 championship. He left the club in 1955 to become player/manager of Plymouth Argyle.

He later went on to manage Oldham Athletic, gaining promotion to the Third Division in 1963. From here, he went on to manage AFC Ajax for the 1963-64 season, before returning to Britain to manage Wrexham, Bradford, and a second spell at Oldham.

Rowley died in June 1998, at the age of 77.

Statistics

Player

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bournemouth 1936-37 - - - -
1937-38 - - - -
Total 22 12 - - - -
Manchester United 1937-38 29 9 4 0 - - - - 0 0 29 9
1938-39 38 10 1 0 - - - - 0 0 39 10
1945-46 0 0 4 2 - - - - 0 0 4 2
1946-47 37 26 2 2 - - - - 0 0 39 28
1947-48 39 23 6 5 - - - - 0 0 45 28
1948-49 39 20 8 9 - - - - 1 1 48 30
1949-50 39 20 5 3 - - - - 0 0 44 23
1950-51 39 14 3 1 - - - - 0 0 42 15
1951-52 40 30 1 0 - - - - 0 0 41 30
1952-53 26 11 4 3 - - - - 1 2 31 16
1953-54 36 12 1 0 - - - - 0 0 37 12
1954-55 22 7 3 1 - - - - 0 0 25 8
Total 380 182 42 26 - - - - 2 3 424 211
Plymouth Argyle 1954-55 - - - -
1955-56 - - - -
1956-57 - - - -
Total 56 14 - - - -
Career total 458 208 - - - -


International goals

Goal # Date Venue Opposition Result
1 2 December 1948 Highburymarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker 6–0 Win
2 16 November 1949 Maine Roadmarker, Manchestermarker, England 9–2 Win
3 16 November 1949 Maine Road, Manchester, England 9–2 Win
4 16 November 1949 Maine Road, Manchester, England 9–2 Win
5 16 November 1949 Maine Road, Manchester, England 9–2 Win
6 30 November 1949 White Hart Lanemarker, London, England 2–0 Win


Manager

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Plymouth Argyle February 1955 March 1960 238 93 52 93
Oldham Athletic July 1960 May 1963 151 66 33 52
Ajax 1963 1964
Wrexham January 1966 April 1967 58 19 22 17
Oldham Athletic October 1968 December 1969 57 16 14 27


References

  1. Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup



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