mark bowen - fact file

1983 - 1987        defender


Born on 7th December 1963 in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales.

Height : - .m  (5' 8")

Weight : -  - kgs    (11st 11lbs)

A young Welshman who came through the Spurs youth set-up, Mark struggled to displace the big money signings ahead of him in the left back slot and moved on to have a good career as a player and a coach.

An attacking full back, Bowen had pace and a good eye for goal and when he played for Tottenham, albeit on only 17 occasions, he loved to get forward.  Unfortunately, he was playing at a time when Spurs had a spell of success and he only got games when injury hit others.  As time went on, his frustration ended with him being transferred to Norwich City in search of first team football.  And he got just what he wanted, playing nearly 400 times in nine years at Carrow Road and earning a number of Welsh caps at the same time.

He was a key player in the club's promotion to the old First Division and then later back to the Premiership, after relegation.  He played every game as the Canaries finished third in the 1992-93 Premier League season and was a member of the Norwich team that took the UEFA Cup by storm, beating Bayern Munich in the Olympic stadium before eventually losing out to Internazionale.

Bowen eventually left to join West Ham United, but it didn't really work out there and quickly moved abroad to Japan, under the eye of the manager, an ex-Spurs team-mate, Ossie Ardiles before coming back to play in South London for Charlton Athletic, where he had two good years culminating in promotion to the Premier League through the play-off victory in 1998 against Sunderland on penalties.  Mark converted one of the spot-kicks successfully.  After that there were a few games for Wigan Athletic and one for Reading as his playing career came to an end.

Mark soon realised that he could put his experience to good use and he gained his coaching badges getting some practical application as Mark Hughes' assistant with Wales.  He first took up a permanent coaching place under Steve Bruce at Crystal Palace and moved with him to Birmingham City in 2002 and stayed there until 2004, having guided the club to the Premier League, ironically beating Norwich City in the play off final.  In autumn 2004, Bowen joined up with Hughes again, as his assistant manager at Blackburn Rovers and in the summer of 2008, followed him to Eastlands, where he took over at Manchester City, but in December 2009 Roberto Mancini replaced Hughes and Bowen left the club at the same time.

Hughes and Bowen's next port of call was Fulham in August 2010, until the manager and his staff left in June 2011, but January 2012 saw Hughes take up the manager's position at QPR and Bowen joined the Rs too.  Things looked good for the pairing, with lots of money spent on big name players, but they failed to gel and with QPR nailed near the foot of the table for a long period of the first half of the season, Hughes was dismissed and his back-room staff left with him.

Stoke City was the next stop for Hughes and Bowen, as they moved in to take over from Tony Pulis at the Britannia Stadium in June 2013.


Married to Karen and has a daughter Daniella.


NICKNAME :  "Taff"; "Albert Tatlock" (after the moaning character in UK soap "Coronation Street" of the 1960s);

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (professional) December 1981 - 29th August 1983 v Coventry City (First Division) (home)  drew 1-1 17 + 4 as a sub 2
Norwich City 10th July 1987 97,000 19th August 1987  v Southampton (First Division) (home)  lost 0-1 393 + 5 as a sub 27
West Ham United 1st August 1996 Free ??  18 + 2 as a sub 1
Shimizu S-Pulse (Japan) 31st March 1997 Free ??  7 3
Charlton Athletic 15th September 1997 Free ??  42 + 6 as a sub 0
Wigan Athletic 7th August 1999 Free ??  10 0
Reading 7th December 1999 Free ??  1 0

Career Record
14 + 3 as a sub League appearances; 2 goals
3 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 + 1 as a sub European appearances; 0 goals
Norwich City
316 + 5 as a sub League appearances; 24 goals
30 FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
34 League Cup appearances; 1 goal
17 European appearances; 1 goal
West Ham United
15 + 2 as a sub League appearances; 1 goal
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
3 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 Other appearances; 0 goals
Shimizu S-Pulse (Japan)

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Charlton Athletic
36 + 6 as a sub League appearances; 0 goals
3 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
3 Other appearances; 0 goals
Wigan Athletic
7 League appearances; 0 goals
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
3 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 Other appearances; 0 goals

0 League appearances; 0 goals
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
1 Other appearances; 0 goals

Wales international
45 full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
UEFA Cup Cup winners medal 1983-84  (THFC)
Norwich City Player of the Year 1989-1990

- appearance


In 2008 was voted in the Greatest Norwich City team of all time.
In mid 2011, Bowen had his house in Solihull in the Midlands up for sale at 1.35 million.


What they said about Mark Bowen
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What Mark Bowen said about ...
... joining Tottenham, having the option of joining Manchester United, because of the digs he was staying in ...  29.09.1989 (Norwich City programme)

"I was really happy there.  I still keep in touch with the family.  That influenced me the most, I joined Spurs at 16 and spent six happy years there."

... not making it at Tottenham ...  29.09.1989 (Norwich City programme)

"Yes ... it was nice being with all the superstars but when you are looking to get into the first team you realised that there was no real chance of staking a permanent claim.  I played a few first team games but I knew that the 'big' names would reclaim their places and I felt I couldn't wait for them to move on.  Therefore, I had to move on and decided came to Norwich."

... on his latter years in the Spurs Reserve team ...  29.09.1989 (Norwich City programme)

"I got in the side when I was 16 or 17 and I was still playing 30 to 40 games a season when I was 22 !"

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