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Walter Bowman
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Full name Walter Wells Bowman
Date of birth 1862[1]
Place of birth    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Playing position Centre-half
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Manchester City
05 00(3)
40 00(3)
07 00(0)   
National team

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

Walter Wells Bowman (born 1862 in Waterloo, Ontario) in Canada, was the first non-British player to play in the Football League.[2]

Canadian Bowman was first discovered while playing for a Canadian team (although he also had Swiss heritage) that was in England playing exhibition matches against some of England's top teams. He signed for Accrington in 1892 and scored three goals in only five games. The next season he played for Ardwick of the second division. He played for Ardwick (who became Manchester City in 1894) until he retired in 1898.


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. SoccerData. p. 32. ISBN 1899468676.  
  2. ^ Football: Home and away: how Arsenal's imports have changed the game | Independent, The (London) | Find Articles at


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