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Mike Stowell
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Personal information
Full name Michael Stowell
Date of birth April 19, 1965 (1965-04-19) (age 44)
Place of birth    Portsmouth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Leicester City (coach)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1984–1985
1985
1985–1990
1987
1987
1988
1988
1989
1990
1990–2001
2001–2005
Leyland Motors
Preston North End
Everton
Chester City (loan)
York City (loan)
Manchester City (loan)
Port Vale (loan)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)
Preston North End (loan)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bristol City
00- 00(-)
000 00(0)
000 00(0)
014 00(0)
006 00(0)
014 00(0)
007 00(0)
007 00(0)
002 00(0)
378 00(0)
025 00(0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Michael (Mike) Stowell (born 19 April 1965 in Portsmouth) is an English former professional footballer, and now goalkeeping coach at Leicester City.

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Playing career

Having played junior football for Kirkham Junior Football Club, Stowell got his first experience of professional football with a trial for Preston North End, where he played in their reserves and was offered a one year contract. He turned this down though as the club were then sat bottom of the Third Division and he was entering his final year's apprenticeship with BT in Preston, the town in which he was raised.

While playing for non-league Leyland Motors, he was offered a trial at top flight Everton and subsequently offered a two and a half year contract at the club. He signed in December 1985 for what turned out to be a five year stay at Goodison Park. However, he was unable to force his way past Neville Southall into the first team and never made a league appearance for the team, instead playing in the Central Reserve league. His sole outing for the Toffees was in a Full Members Cup tie against Millwall, in which he kept a clean sheet.

The lack of first-team opportunities at Everton saw Stowell experiencing a string of loan moves to lower league sides. In September 1987 he was loaned to Chester City, making his league debut in a 4-1 win over Aldershot on 5 September 1987. He made 15 further appearances for the Welsh club before joining their Third Division rivals York City in December 1982. He played six league games for York.

In February 1988 he joined Second Division Manchester City on loan, playing 14 league and one FA Cup game for the club during the latter half of the season. He joined Port Vale in a two month loan deal in October 1988, keeping goal in one cup and seven league games.[1] Wolverhampton Wanderers required his services from March 1989 to the end of the the season. His final loan spell was with Preston North End in February 1990, playing just the two games.

His two month loan spell at Wolverhampton in the spring 1989 was to prove the most influential in terms of his career. Impressing during his seven games as Wolves won the Division 3 championship, he was signed by manager Graham Turner in July 1990 for £275,000. Stowell finally had the chance to gain regular first team games and became firmly established as Wolves' main goalkeeper throughout the 1990s, playing 448 times in total as the club tried to break back into the top flight.

Stowell was also named in the England B squad during his time at Molineux for a friendly against Algeria in December 1990, but did not compete in the match.

He was given a testimonial match against Aston Villa in July 2000,[2] and the following summer was released by the Midlanders[3] and joined Bristol City on a free transfer,[4] having chosen them over Wrexham.[5] Here, he was mostly a reserve,[6] but managed 25 league appearances spread over his four seasons at Ashton Gate before retiring in 2005. He turned down the offer of becoming an official goalkeeping coach at the club,[7] having already found employment at Leicester City.

Coaching career

Stowell spent the early part of his coaching career as, firstly, a goalkeeping coach,[8] and then assistant manager[9] at Leicester City, before being sacked alongside manager Rob Kelly on 11 April 2007.[10]

On 12 July 2007, he was re-appointed goalkeeping coach at Leicester City by Kelly's replacement Martin Allen.[11]

On August 29, 2007, he took over (joint) managerial responsibility at Leicester, following Allen's sacking. He returned to his goalkeeping coaching role alone when the club appointed Allen's successor, Gary Megson, the following month.

Honours

with Wolverhampton Wanderers

References

  1. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 282. ISBN 0952915200. http://www.amazon.ca/Port-Vale-Personalities-Jeff-Kent/dp/0952915200.  
  2. ^ "Villa beat Wolves in testimonial". BBC Sport. 30 July, 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wolverhampton_wanderers/858608.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  3. ^ "Stowell and Molineux part ways". BBC Sport. 22 May, 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wolverhampton_wanderers/1344410.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  4. ^ "Stowell to join Robins". BBC Sport. 20 July, 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wrexham/1449191.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  5. ^ "Wrexham miss out on Stowell". BBC Sport. 20 July, 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wrexham/1442131.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  6. ^ "Robins re-sign Stowell". BBC Sport. 2 July, 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/bristol_city/3038996.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  7. ^ "Goalkeeper Stowell to quit City". BBC Sport. 26 May, 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/bristol_city/4582329.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  8. ^ "Stowell joins City coaching staff". BBC Sport. 2 June, 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/4603823.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  9. ^ "Foxes confirm Kelly as new boss". BBC Sport. 13 February 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/4709524.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  10. ^ "Kelly given boot by Leicester". inthenews.co.uk. 11 Apr 2007. http://www.inthenews.co.uk/money/sport/general-sport/kelly-given-boot-by-leicester-$1075507.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  11. ^ "Leicester name new keeper coach". BBC Sport. 12 July 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/6295170.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  

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