Premier League icons: Mark Bowen – News
In this feature we count the top 15 Premier League appearance makers in Norwich City.
In second row is the defender who made 399 appearances for Norwich City and had his eye on the net against Bayern Munich at the UEFA Cup Olympic Stadium.
Premier League statistics
City of Norwich
PL games: 142
PL objectives: 9
Clean sheets: 32
Biography : Mark Bowen joined Norwich for £ 90,000 in 1987 from Tottenham Hotspur. In his first five seasons at the club, Mark played 170 appearances for Norwich City in the Premier League and won the club’s Player of the Season title for the 1989/90 season. Those five seasons have also seen him make two FA Cup semi-final appearances, including his second, against Sunderland in 1992, for which he was named captain.
So, he was already one of the first names on the squad sheet by the time the Premier League started in 1992/93 and in the inaugural season he played all league matches and scored a goal in a 2-1 home win over Queens Park Rangers. .
The following season he missed just one game – away from Sheffield United – and scored six goals in all competitions. This included a goal in the East Anglian derby and a beautifully timed header at the Olympic Stadium in Munich.
He went on to play a total of 44 games, scoring two goals, in the 1994/95 season as Norwich City were relegated from the Premier League. The following season, Mark lost his place in the starting XI and his time at Carrow Road ended with just one appearance less than 400 for the club. He joined West Ham United on a free transfer before playing for Shimizu S-Pulse, Japan, Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Reading.
Goal against Everton on March 21, 1994
Where is he now?
Mark was leading the championship in the 2019/20 season with Reading. However, although he kept them away from relegation danger with 14 wins in 40 games at the head, he was replaced last summer by Veljko Paunović. He was offered a new role as athletic director with the Royals, but turned down the job.