|Place Of Birth||Pembroke|
Born : 1862, Pembroke
Died : 26 September 1925, Swansea
Position : Forward
Major Teams : Brynymor, Swansea Juniors, Swansea Rovers, Swansea, South Wales, Wales.
Wales Caps : 13.
William Arnold Bowen was employed as a docker and later as a plasterer. He was a highly influential club captain for 3 consecutive seasons (1889/90 – 1891/92) who was reputedly liked and admired by the whole team. The impressive playing record during his 3 seasons in charge was played 90, won 70, drawn 9, lost 11. The team was the premier team in Wales for the 1st two of those seasons and runners up in the third.
Bowen progressed from Swansea Juniors who merged with the highly successful Brynamor club, to Swansea football Club. At five feet two inches and thirteen stone, Bowen was a compact, yet mobile and hard working forward. A hard scrummager and strong, fast runner, many news reports spoke of his quiet manner and leadership by example. "As a forward he is very strong and difficult to stop when well off. He always plays a hard game, never shrinking from the scrimmaging. He is a grand tackler and rarely, if ever, misses his man, when at hand." (South Wales Echo 7 Dec. 1886 p4).
He played as a forward for Wales on 13 occasions between 1886 and 1891 and was captain versus England in 1891. He was also a member of the team on 15 February 1890 that defeated England for the 1st time.
He played for Wales against England in 1886, 1887, 1890 & 1891.
Against Scotland in 1886, 1887, 1889, 1890 & 1891
Against Ireland in 1887, 1889 & 1890.
Against the New Zealand Natives in 1888.
He made his Swansea debut in 1882 against Llanelli in the Challenge Cup and retired in April 1892 but served on the match committee for a number of years afterwards.
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|Honours:||- Wales -|