Dave Bowen has been honoured by Northampton Town Football Club. He served as a player, general manager, club secretary, director and president, before he passed away in 1995 at the age of 67.
“We are delighted to have been able to pay a permanent and lasting tribute to a Cobblers great. This tribute is a visual reminder to all those arriving at the stadium about Dave and what he achieved for the club,” said Northampton Town’s chief executive, James Whiting.
Born in Maesteg, Wales, in June 1928, Bowen had two spells as a player with Northampton Town (1947-1950 and 1959-1960), either side of a nine-year period with Arsenal. Bowen also won 19 caps for Wales, captaining his country to the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup where they were knocked out by Brazil, the winning goal coming from a young Pele.
When Bowen returned to Northampton Town in 1959, he was appointed player-manager, where he oversaw a period of unheralded success for the club. Bowen remarkably took the Cobblers from division four to the top-flight of English football in just five seasons, Northampton Town playing in Division One in 1965/66.
In attending the unveiling, Monumental Icons Managing Director Garry McBride added: “We are delighted to be the partner chosen to produce the bust of Dave Bowen and to create a visual legacy for a person that served this club for over forty years.”
Date created: 2019
Location: Northampton Town FC
Materials used: Bronze
Commissioned by: Northampton Town FC