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Mike Fowler

 
Mike Fowler
Fowler in pre-season action

Position:

central midfielder

DoB:
Age:
Birthplace:

22nd August 1981
25
Barry, Glamorgan.

 
     
     
 
City Career  
 
Transfer Details: Signed on a free transfer in June 2005 as Tim Harris launched a double swoop on former club and SLP rivals Merthyr Tydfil.
City Debut: v Maidenhead United (h) SLPD, 19 August '06, Won 2-1.
City Stats

2006/7: 28(4) Apps, 4 Goals
Totals: 28(4) Apps, 4 Goals

 
Career Club History: Crystal Palace, Stevenage Borough (loan), Wrexham, Woking, Newport County, Welling United, Cwmbran Town (54-6), Merthyr Tydfil (42-9), Gloucester City, Salisbury City
Honours: Wales International u-16s, Wales International u-18s, FAW Premier Cup Finalist 02/03, Conference South play-off winners 06/7
     
 

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Fowler was a real summer close season signing coup for Tim Harris who persuaded his former captain to jump ship and follow him from Merthyr across to Gloucester City. Fowler is an exciting and inventive attacking midfield player who creates chances in and around the opposition penalty area but despite showing flashes of pure class the Welsh Wizard never quite consistently delivered on his considerable potential. A few niggling pre-season injuries and family issues may not have helped Fowler settle, and although he oozed class Fowler could occasionally go missing from matches and he found his regular starting spot threatened as the manager turned to grittier players when the side started to ship goals. None the less City fans were hugely appreciative of Fowler's range of passing and clever skills on the ball, and will have some happy memories of his time with the club, not least opening his City scoring account with a memorable twinkling two footed shuffling run and shot in front of the T-End against Team Bath. His skills deserved an opportunity at a higher level and Tim Harris couldn't stand in his way when Fowler was approached by Conference South side Salisbury City, although given his recent patchy form the offer may have come as a little of a surprise. City fans will rue the loss of arguably the most talented footballer in the squad, but the side have cover in right midfield and with Fowler oe of the side's better paid players there may be more to psend on shoring up a leaky defence.
Folwer in action at Slimbridge

Fowler has a long pedigree, having started his career as a trainee in south London with Crystal Palace and picking up a string of international honours for Wales at schoolboy and youth level. Made his first team debut for Palace against the Chinese international side in front of 50,000 fans in China. Was released from Selhurst Park after the sacking of Steve Coppell but gained first team experience in short spells at both Wrexham and Stevenage Borough with a trial spell at Derby County. Then linked up with Conference side Woking where he first came to the attention of Tim Harris who persuded Fowler to join him at Newport County in November 2002. After Harris had left County the young midfielder had spells with Welling and Welsh Premier side Cwmbran Town.

Settled back in Cardiff and has taken up work as a social worker, linking back up with Tim Harris at Merthyr Tydfil where he was made club captain. Fowler had a significant role in the Martyrs' cup run last season, putting in a match winning performance in the final qualifying round and playing in the narrow home defeat to Walsall in the 1st Round. Perhaps it was little surprise that Harris bought him across the border to join him again at Gloucester in a double swoop that also saw Merthyr forward Jason Welsh sign at City.

 

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