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Biography

Thomas Bowen by Alex Service

The brother of St. Helens Recs forward [and England tourist] Frank Bowen, Thomas was a big raw-boned second-rower. He signed for the St. Helens club on 27th October 1926, just when they were about to embark upon one of their first sustained period of success. He made his debut in the 21-10 victory over Oldham at Knowsley Road, forming a back row with Bill Clarey and Fred Roffey. For this particular match, Ernie Shaw, the usual loose forward, played at full-back. In the St. Helens Newspaper, the famous correspondent Premier gave him a big write up: Never have I seen a local forward show such form on his first appearance in the First Team.” He went on to say: “His scrummaging was effective, his open play was sound and his destructive tackling was the best we have seen from any forward since poor Burns passed away.”

Despite such optimism, Thomas played in just 23 matches for the Saints, scoring three tries and kicking five goals. He was a regular member of the A Team too and lived at Wilson Street. After playing against York on 6th April 1931, in the middle of an Easter spell of four games in five days for the Saints, it is believed he crossed the rubicon and joined St. Helens Recreation.



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Tom Bowen : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1926~27 0 0 0 3
1927~28 0 0 0 8
1928~290 0 0 3
1929~30 0 5 0 1
1930~310 0 0 8
TOTALS:0 5 0 23

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1926~270001
TOTALS:0001

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
W 12 8th Mar 1927 Oldham L 1926~27 H 21 10 0 0 0 View
L 12 19th Mar 1927 York L 1926~27 A 6 15 0 0 0 View
W 12 2nd Apr 1927 Salford L 1926~27 H 8 3 0 0 0 View
L 11 12th May 1927 Barrow* Fr Lonsdale Hospital 1926~27 L 8 16 0 0 0 View
W 11 27th Aug 1927 Widnes L 1927~28 H 28 2 0 0 0 View
L 12 29th Aug 1927 Leeds L 1927~28 A 7 18 0 0 0 View
W 11 3rd Sep 1927 Widnes L 1927~28 A 28 15 0 0 0 View
W 11 14th Sep 1927 Dewsbury L 1927~28 H 8 2 0 0 0 View
L 11 17th Sep 1927 Hunslet L 1927~28 A 10 12 0 0 0 View
W 12 1st Oct 1927 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 A 6 2 0 0 0 View
L 11 8th Oct 1927 Swinton LC1 1927~28 H 7 13 0 0 0 View
L 12 18th Feb 1928 Oldham L 1927~28 H 13 14 0 0 0 View
D 11 10th Nov 1928 Leeds L 1928~29 A 8 8 0 0 0 View
W 11 17th Nov 1928 Halifax L 1928~29 H 12 6 0 0 0 View
L 11 24th Nov 1928 Swinton L 1928~29 A 2 16 0 0 0 View
W 11 19th Apr 1930 Broughton Rangers L 1929~30 H 31 17 0 5 0 View
W 13 30th Aug 1930 Widnes L 1930~31 A 21 7 0 0 0 View
L 13 6th Sep 1930 Widnes L 1930~31 H 5 9 0 0 0 View
L 13 10th Sep 1930 Salford L 1930~31 A 5 11 0 0 0 View
W 13 20th Sep 1930 Warrington L 1930~31 H 18 12 0 0 0 View
W 13 27th Sep 1930 Hull K.R. L 1930~31 A 21 5 0 0 0 View
L 13 18th Oct 1930 Leeds L 1930~31 H 8 20 0 0 0 View
W 13 13th Dec 1930 Oldham L 1930~31 H 7 2 0 0 0 View
W 13 6th Apr 1931 York L 1930~31 H 13 3 0 0 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 22 OTHER 1 = 23
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 23
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