Jack Rowley

Jack Rowley

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Jack Rowley

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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.


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. Rowley is one of only three players in the history of Manchester United to score over 200 goals for the club, the other two being Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. He left the club in 1955 to become player/manager of Plymouth Argyle. Greens on Screen....
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