- Alan Gowling
Infobox Football biography
playername = Alan Gowling
fullname = Alan Gowling
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1949|3|16
position = Forward
years = 1966-1972
clubs = Manchester United
Preston North End
caps(goals) = 071 (18)
pcupdate = 17:06, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
Alan Gowling (born
16 March 1949in Stockport, England) is a former professional footballer who played as a forward for many clubs in the north of England. He was a powerful shooter with a bit of pace and craft.POV-statement|date=July 2008
Gowling came to Manchester United by way of county schools and Manchester University, where he studied for a degree in Economics. He played for United juniors while at University, and once scored seven goals in a 'B' game. Due to his degree, he earned the nickname "Bamber", after the host of
University Challenge. He is one of only seven graduates to have played for United.
Gowling made a goalscoring league debut against Stoke City. Coincidentally, he also played his last game for United against Stoke City, coming on as a substitute for Bobby Charlton. He played 87 times for United and once scored four in a game against Southampton on
20 February 1971. Nevertheless, Gowling was never really a first choice player at the club, and he enjoyed his longest run in the side when playing in midfield in his final season in 1971-72. He was sold to Huddersfield Town for £65,000 in June 1972.
After a disappointing period at Huddersfield, he joined Newcastle United as a strike partner for
Malcolm MacDonald. He matured under the guidance of Gordon Lee, before moving to Bolton Wanderers in 1978. He retired from football in 1984, aged 36, after a period at Preston North End.
Gowling gained England caps at amateur, Schoolboy and Under-23 level. Alan represented the British Olympic side at the
1968 Summer Olympics.
He is now the secretary of the Manchester United old boys association and regularly summarises Bolton Wanderers games on
BBC Radio Manchester.
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