Rowe, Stanley

Birth Date

20th August 1921


Exeter, Devon



Biographical Text

Exeter-Born Stan Rowe’s entry to professional football had been delayed by the war although he had continued to play in local amateur football up until the age of twenty-six. Joining Exeter City in 1947 he made 139 league appearances before leaving St James’ Park in 1955. He was later with Bridgwater Town, Bideford and Exmouth. 

Educated at a rugby playing school, John Stocker in Exeter, Stanley Rowe played his football with local teams, Friernhay and Buddle Lane. Signing as a professional in September 1947 at the age of 26.

Stanley made his Exeter City debut against Ipswich Town in at the same month. But he then had to wait until the following February before he got another chance and went on to feature in a total of 16 games that season. 1950-51 proved to be his best season with the Grecians in terms of matches played when he made 34 league appearances. He remained with the Grecians until July 1955 when he signed for Bridgwater Town, however, Stanley quickly moved on the same month, without playing a game, to sign for Bideford.

He then signed for Exmouth Town in June 1957, later coached St Leonards and spent many years managing the St Thomas Social Club in Cowick Street. He died on 27 July 1985 at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital aged 63. 





Peter Bending

He was the manager of StThomas Social Club in Cowick Street in the 70's and 80's

Tony Brooks

I remember and watched Stan Rowe playing for Exeter City, as far as I can remember Stan also had a brother called Wilf Rowe who played for City, I am sure he played on the Right Winger and good one at that. Not sure if they in any way connected to Rowe Bros of Queen Street.

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