David Bowman (born 10 March 1964) is a Scottish football coach and former player. In a 12 year career with Dundee United he played in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final and won the 1993-94 Scottish Cup. At United he was also a three time Scottish Cup runner up.
He also played for Heart of Midlothian, Coventry City, Raith Rovers and Forfar Athletic as well as having a spell in Hong Kong with Yee Hope FC. He played six times for the Scotland national football team and was a non-playing squad member at UEFA Euro 1992. Since 2007 he has worked as a community coach at Dundee United.
Dave Bowman was born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England on 10 March 1964. He is the son of Scottish footballer Andy Bowman, formerly of Chelsea and Heart of Midlothian (Hearts), who was playing for Tonbridge at the time of his son's birth. The family subsequently moved to Edinburgh, where Dave grew up. He played youth football for Salvesen Boys Club before signing for his father's former club, Hearts, in June 1980.
He started his senior career with Hearts making 116 league appearances before leaving in 1984.
Bowman moved to Coventry City for two seasons where he was joined by Jim McInally signing from Nottingham Forest. They left together in a joint deal in the summer of 1986.
Bowman and McInally joined Dundee United in a combined £140,000 deal and reached the 1987 UEFA Cup Final in their first season there. En route United beat F.C. Barcelona home and away and then eliminated Borussia Monchengladbach in the semi final. They lost 2-1 on aggregate in the final to IFK Goteborg.
Bowman and McInally played in three losing Dundee United Scottish Cup final teams. These were in 1987 to St Mirren, 1988 to Celtic and in the 1991 final to Motherwell in which Bowman scored. They collected a winners medal from the 1994 Scottish Cup Final win against Rangers.
Bowman is ranked number 10 on United's all-time appearance list.
Bowman spent the latter part of his playing career at Raith Rovers, Hong Kong club Yee Hope and finally Forfar Athletic. There he achieved the dubious distinction of a Scottish record seven game suspension imposed for swearing at the match officials.
Bowman made six full international appearances for the Scotland national football team between March 1992 an September 1993. He was part of Scotland's UEFA Euro 1992 finals squad but was not selected for any of his team's three games.
As Forfar were a part-time club, Bowman was able to join the coaching staff at Dundee United, where he continued to serve the club until he left following Craig Brewster's appointment as manager in 2006. After a brief spell as a pundit for BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme, he returned to coaching when old friend John Robertson invited him to be his assistant at Livingston. Following his spell in Livingston, Bowman moved to Dens Park to work alongside Gordon Wallace as youth coach. In October 2007, Bowman returned to Tannadice for a third time, accepting an invitation as community coach.
On 28 September 2015 it was reported that Bowman would take temporary charge of Dundee United's first-team squad in the wake of manager Jackie McNamara's departure from the club.Scottish Cup: 1