A. Player

born in Scotland

Gowans (forename unknown) was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The forward appeared as a guest for Thistle in August, 1908.

He made his only appearance on Thursday, 20th August, 1908, in a 3-2 win away to Clyde in a Benefit match.

There were no goals for Gowans in his one-off game with Thistle.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

We don't know where or when Gowans died. *

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Bio Extra

Thistle would win only 3 matches out of 40 in the wretched homeless season of 1908-09, one of which was merely a friendly. It came on match day two at Shawfield in a fundraiser for a local Masonic Lodge. Both teams experimented with guests from the Juniors, one of which was "Gowans" at outside left for Thistle. A clever goal by John Callander put Thistle ahead at half-time, then Andrew Davidson and Bill Gray put them well ahead. 2 late goals by James Loney (brother of the famous Willie Loney) put a better complexion on things from a Clyde point of view. The Daily Record listed "Gowans" in inverted commas, the suggestion being that it may have been a psuedonym. The report revealed that the forwards did fairly well and singled out the left-sided pairing of Herbert McPherson and Simpson as showing promise, further revealing that the latter was a "Dumbartonshire junior".


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