Bowl, Harry

Birth Date

14th April 1914


Newbury, Berkshire



Biographical Text

In a career that was interrupted at its peak by the outbreak of war Harry Bowl played in the Football League for Exeter City between 1937 and 1939. He joined the club from Blackpool and later played for Lancaster City. He was top-scorer for the Grecians in both 1937/38 and 1938/39 during which time he scored forty-two times in 76 league games.   

Harry commenced his career with Stanford in the Vale in Berkshire before turning professional with Swindon Town in 1933. Mainly an inside-forward, he featured in 44 Third Division South matches scoring 8 goals. After two seasons with Swindon he signed for Blackpool but, in his one year with the club, only made two league appearances scoring once. 

Harry returned south to sign for Exeter City in the summer of 1937 and made his Grecians debut in the third match of the 1937/38 season when he scored twice in a 3-2 home win over Bristol City. He went on to top the City goalscoring charts with 18 league goals from 34 starts. He did even better in 1938/39 as he hit the target on 24 occasions in 42 appearances in the Third Division South. Playing wartime football for Swindon Town, he remained registered with Exeter up until signing for Lancaster City in January 1946.

Harry returned to the area where he grew up and died in Oxford in 1991.







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