Player - Walter Bowman

Born: Waterloo, Ontario, August 11, 1870. Died: Seattle, Washington, March 7, 1948Walter Bowman

National Team 1886 - 1888, Berlin Rangers 1888-1889, Canadian Touring Team 1888 and 1891, Accrington 1892, Ardwick/Manchester City 1892-1900, Walter Bowman has a unique claim to fame that no one will ever take away from him. He was the first player born outside of the United Kingdom to play in England's Football League. Bowman first went to England in 1888 as a member of the Canadian team that toured that year, and he went back with the 1891 touring team. This time Bowman remained in England after the rest of the team returned to North America and signed with Accrington, one of the original members of the Football League. He played five games and scored three goals for the club late in the 1892 season. Then Walter was signed by Ardwick, who had recently been admitted to the new Division Two of the Football League. When Ardwick went bankrupt in 1894, Manchester City was formed and took its place in Division Two. Bowman remained with the club making a total of 47 appearances and scoring three goals for the two clubs between 1892 and 1900. Before going to England, Bowman played his club soccer for the great Berlin Rangers club, and was a member of the Western Football Association championship winning teams of 1888 and 1889. In 1886 he played for Canada against the United States in New Jersey and also against Scotland on the 1888 tour.