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Full Name: Albert Bowler
1. Came from: Army Went to: Career interrupted by WW1
1. First game: 23 December 1911 Last game: 24 April 1915
2. Came from: Career interrupted by WW1 Went to: Retired
2. First game: 27 September 1919 Last game: 27 January 1923
Appearances: 186 (186/0) Goals: 66
Bowler was born in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, in 1891. He was playing for Army Cup winners Sherwood Foresters when he was spotted by Bob Jack and, after obtaining his discharge from the Army, signed for Argyle in December 1911. He soon blossomed into a top class inside-left, who could also play at centre-forward when required. During the 1912-13 campaign he scored 18 times in 36 games, making a major contribution to the team that won the Southern League title.
Bowler played five times for the Southern League representative side, including an international trial fixture against the Football League in 1913, and also for England in an unofficial international against Scotland in Cairo during World War One. He was renowned for his fantastic ball skills and the Argyle handbook of 1913-14 describes him as "Strong, clever, fast and dashing. He inspires the forward line with his keenness, and his shooting and headwork are invaluable." He played for Argyle for eight seasons either side of the First World War, during which he served in the Far East, before retiring in 1923.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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