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Reading – Mark Bowen

Mark Bowen is the newly appointed manager of Reading FC having been accepted a contract from the owners in October 2019. Bowen was born in Neath, Wales in 1963 and has won a number of caps for his country, 43 in total. He has played for a number of clubs in England and one in Japan over a 19-year playing career between 1981 and 1999.

He began his footballing education in 1980 with Tottenham Hotspur. As a left-back, Bowen was noted for his pace and positioning, two assets which are prized in full-back positions. After being promoted to the senior squad in 1981, Bowen went on to make 17 appearances and score twice for Spurs over a six-year period. Without making too many appearances, Bowen was well regarded at the London club.

After the end of the 1987 season, Bowen joined Norwich City. With the Canaries, Bowen went on to make many more league appearances - it transpired that they were the club for whom he would play the most football in his nearly two-decade career. He played for nearly ten years with the club, making 321 league appearances and scoring 24 appearances in his time there. During this time, Bowen won Norwich City's Player of the Year award in 1990.

After guaranteeing his legendary status with Norwich, Bowen moved on to West Ham United. He spent one season with the Hammers, playing 17 times and scoring once. At the end of the campaign he would move to Asia with Shimizu S-Pulse in a lucrative move to the J-League side. From left-back, Bowen played 7 times in the league for the Japanese side, scoring twice in his one and only season with side.

However, his time in Japan was only brief. After earning a healthy salary for a limited amount of playing time, Bowen returned to the United Kingdom. He joined Charlton Athletic in 1997 and he stayed for two seasons. At the time, Charlton were playing in the First Division (later rebranded the Premier League) making this the 16th season he had played in the English top-flight. In his first season he played 36 times without scoring in his first season with the club before making six appearances in his second campaign. His depleted time on the playing field clearly irked Bowen and, in 1998, he moved on to Wigan Athletic.

Wigan Athletic would turn out to be the penultimate destination in Bowen's long career and the first he had spent outside the top-flight. In the Second Division, Bowen played seven games in the league and ten games in total. He would turn out to play for the North West club for less than a full season. It would turn out to be the last meaningful football he played in his career.

He had what was meant to be one final hurrah with Reading in the 1999/2000 season, but he made just one cup appearance before being forced to hang up his boots due to a lack of football.

Now, Bowen has embarked on his managerial career. He briefly held a caretaker position with Queens Park Rangers in 2012 where he oversaw one game after Mark Hughes was dismissed from the role. After being assistant manager for a number of clubs, Bowen has been appointed to his first ever full senior role.

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