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J. Kenneth "Ken" Gowers (birth registered October→December 1936 (age 80–81)) birth registered in Wigan district, is an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, and English League XIII, and at club level for Swinton, as a fullback, i.e. number 1.

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International honours

Ken Gowers won a cap for England while at Swinton in 1962 against France, and won caps for Great Britain while at Swinton in 1962 against France, in 1963 against France, and Australia (3 matches), in 1964 against France (2 matches), in 1965 against New Zealand (2 matches), and in 1966 against France (2 matches), Australia and New Zealand (2 matches). Gowers was the tourists' vice-captain on the 1966 Great Britain tour of Australasia.

Ken Gowers played fullback for English League XIII while at Swinton in the 8-26 defeat by France on Saturday 22 November 1958 at Knowsley Road, St. Helens.

County Cup Final appearances

Ken Gowers played fullback in Swinton's 9-15 defeat by St. Helens in the 1960 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1960–61 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 29 October 1960, played fullback in the 9-25 defeat by St. Helens in the 1961 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1961–62 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 11 November 1961, played fullback in the 4-7 defeat by St. Helens in the 1962 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1962–63 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 27 October 1962, played fullback in the 4-12 defeat by St. Helens in the 1964 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1964–65 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 24 October 1964, played fullback in the 11-2 victory over Leigh in the 1969 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1969–70 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 1 November 1969, and played scrum-half/halfback, and scored 3-conversions in the 11-25 defeat by Salford in the 1972 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1972–73 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 21 October 1972.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances

Ken Gowers played fullback in Swinton's 2-7 defeat by Castleford in the 1966 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1966–67 season at Wheldon Road, Castleford on Tuesday 20 December 1966.

Genealogical information

Ken Gowers is the son of the rugby league and association (soccer) footballer, Walter Gowers, and the maternal grandfather of the cricketer, John Simpson.

References

Ken Gowers Wikipedia


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