11 December 2006

Joe Gowdy

Name: Joseph Gowdy
Born: 7 December 1897, Belfast
Died:
Height:
Weight:
Position: Centre-Forward/Half-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 6 Full Caps (1919-1927); Irish League: 4 Caps (1919-1923).
Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Gold Cup Runner-Up 1919/20; (with Queen's Island) Irish League Champion 1923/24; Irish Cup Winner 1923/24; (with East Fife) Scottish Division Two Runner-Up 1929/30 (promoted).

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Glentoran
19/20-20/21
-
-
*35/30
-
-
Falkirk
20/21-21/22
Oct-20
-
26/ 2
7/2
15/1
Glentoran
22/23
c/s-22
n/c
*3/ 0
-
-
Queen's Island
22/23-24/25
-
loan
-
-
-
Falkirk
25/26-27/28
c/s-25
-
88/ 8
-
-
East Fife
28/29-30/31
-
-
74/ 9
-
-
TOTALS
-
£-
226/49
7/2
15/1
* all games.

Biography
Joe Gowdy emerged from Junior football with a bang, scoring 23 goals in 27 games in his first season in the Irish League with Glentoran in 1919/20. He had in fact been born just a mile away from the Oval, so the Glens were the natural home for the talented goalscorer. His form in that first season, including hat-tricks in the League against Shelbourne and in the Gold Cup semi-final win over Linfield, brought both inter-League and international honours but only runners-up medals in both the League and the Gold Cup.

After seven goals in seven games at the start of the following campaign, Gowdy was transferred to Scottish Division One side, Falkirk, in October 1920; a potential deal with Everton having failed to come to fruition. He walked out on Falkirk and re-joined the Glens for the 1922/23 campaign, but played just three games before moving on to Queen's Island in what amounted to a loan deal with Falkirk. By now featuring more regularly in the half-back line, usually in the centre, Gowdy quickly settled in, and played for the Irish League at centre-half in their first ever meeting with the Welsh League - the game at Solitude ended in a 2-2 draw.

An early setback the following season saw Queen's Island fined £100 and docked two points following a registration mix-up, but the team soon found their stride, claiming a League and Cup double, plus the City Cup and Co. Antrim Shield. Gowdy was rewarded with a re-call to the Ireland team at right-half, after a near five-year absence. The following campaign brought Queen's Island another City Cup success, and runners-up spot in the League - behind Glentoran.

Gowdy re-joined Falkirk in 1925, and quickly regained his place in the Ireland team too. He took his cap total to six with appearances at right-half and centre-half. In 1930 he helped East Fife to runners-up spot in the Scottish Second Division, and promotion to the top-flight for the first time in their history. In modern football the Fifers would have been crowned champions on goal difference, but as goal average was used at the time they finished behind Leith Athletic. In their first match in Division One he set-up their only goal, in a 4-1 defeat by Motherwell. The season ended in relegation with a club-worst record of 113 goals conceded.

Falkirk Historian Article

Ireland Cap Details:
25/10/1919 England. H D 1-1 BC
15/03/1924 Wales... H L 0-1 BC
24/10/1925 England. H D 0-0 BC
27/02/1926 Scotland A L 0-4 BC
20/10/1926 England. A D 3-3 BC
26/02/1927 Scotland H L 0-2 BC

Summary: 6/0. Won 0, Drew 3, Lost 3.


WIth thanks to John Meffen (Falkirk FC Historian)

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