Ian Bowyer

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Ian Bowyer
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Personal information
Date of birth (1951-06-06) 6 June 1951 (age 67)
Place of birth Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1971 Manchester City 49 (13)
1971–1973 Leyton Orient 78 (19)
1973–1981 Nottingham Forest 211 (49)
1981–1982 Sunderland 15 (1)
1982–1987 Nottingham Forest 206 (19)
1987–1990 Hereford United 40 (1)
1990–1991 Grantham Town 9 (1)
Total 608 (103)
Teams managed
1987–1990 Hereford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ian Bowyer (born 6 June 1951 in Little Sutton, Cheshire)[1] is an English former footballer who played mostly as a midfielder. At Manchester City he played in winning Football League Cup and European Cup Winner's Cup Finals. At Nottingham Forest he won the 1977–78 Football League and 1977–78 Football League Cup. The following season he won the 1979 European Cup Final and 1978–79 Football League Cup. He was part of Forest's successful retaining of the European Cup the season after.

Playing career

Manchester City

He started his career at Manchester City,[1] debuting for the first team at Newcastle United on 16 November 1968. City won the 1969 FA Cup Final but Bowyer didn't feature in the final.

The following March he came on as a substitute for Mike Summerbee in the 1970 Football League Cup Final beating West Bromwich Albion 2–1. A month later he was a substitute in another Cup Final success when he replaced Mike Doyle after 23 minutes in the 1970 European Cup Winners' Cup Final against Górnik Zabrze in Vienna.

His last game for City was on 1 May 1971, against Tottenham Hotspur. In total he scored 13 goals in his 57 City first team appearances.[2]

Leyton Orient

The following season he moved to Orient staying there two years.[1]

Nottingham Forest

In 1973 Bowyer moved to Nottingham Forest in the second tier of the Football League.[3] Brian Clough took over as manager in 1975 bringing in Peter Taylor as his assistant the year after. Bowyer and Forest were promoted back to the top tier at the end of the 1976-77 Football League first season Clough and Taylor were in charge at Forest.

In their first season back in the top flight Forest were Football League champions finishing seven points above Liverpool (at a time when two points were awarded for a win). Forest beat Liverpool in a replay in that season's 1978 Football League Cup Final.

Forest retained the League Cup the season after beating Southampton 3–2 with Bowyer an unused substitute in the final. They were drawn against Liverpool in the first round of the 1978-79 European Cup progressing 2–0 on aggregate. In the semi final Bowyer scored the decisive goal against FC Köln in the 1–0 win in Germany after a 3–3 draw in Nottingham. Bowyer played in the 1–0 1979 European Cup Final win against Malmo just as he did the following season against Hamburger SV.


He left Forest in January 1981 to join Sunderland, debuting for them on 28 January 1981 against Manchester United.

Return to Forest

The following year he re-joined Forest and went on to make another 200 league appearances for them,[1] finishing with a total of 564 Forest senior games, scoring 96 goals.[3]

Coaching and management

He joined Hereford United as a player-manager in July 1987, succeeding John Newman as manager three months later. He led Hereford to Welsh Cup glory in 1990 before leaving the club. He finished his playing career at Grantham Town.[1]

In 1994, he became assistant manager to Peter Shilton at Plymouth Argyle, and he later moved to Rotherham United until September 1996. He later became a coach at Birmingham City.[4]

He returned to Forest as coach in 2002, and stayed for three years. In 2006, he was appointed assistant manager to Paul Hart at Rushden & Diamonds, and he later scouted for Portsmouth.[5]

Managerial statistics

All competitive league games (league and domestic cup) and international matches (including friendlies) are included.

As of 11 April 2015
Team Nat Year Record
G W D L Win %
Hereford United England 1987–1990 142 46 37 59 032.39
Career Total 142 46 37 59 032.39


Manchester City
Nottingham Forest


  1. ^ a b c d e Ian Bowyer at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  2. ^ Ian Bowyer, Blue Moon
  3. ^ a b "22 Ian Bowyer". Top 50 Nottingham Forest Players. The Times. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  4. ^ Andy Pringle and Neil Fissler (1996). "Where are they now?". Bob's 70–71 footballers. Two Heads. Archived from the original on 26 December 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Where Are They Now – From A to I". Nottingham Forest Official Site. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2010.

External links

  • Stats at football-heroes
  • Profile on the Official Grantham Town website
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