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Maurice Owen

Maurice Owen
Personal information
Date of birth (1924-07-04)4 July 1924
Place of birth Abingdon, England
Date of death 8 July 2000(2000-07-08) (aged 76)
Place of death Abingdon, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward / Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946 Abingdon Town
1946–1963 Swindon Town 555 (150)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Maurice Owen (4 July 1924 – 8 July 2000) was an English former professional footballer who scored 150 goals in 555 appearances in the Football League playing for Swindon Town.[1]

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Later life 3
  • Career statistics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Born in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Owen served as a Chindit in Burma during the latter years of World War II. He returned to Abingdon following the war, working as an apprentice in the MG factory in the town.[2]

Career

Owen joined Swindon from non-league side Abingdon Town in December 1946. He started his Swindon career in impressive goal scoring form, scoring sixteen times in seventeen matches during his first season, including a hattrick on his debut against Watford and a four goal haul during a match against Mansfield Town.[3] During his career, Swindon twice agreed a fee to sell Owen to other clubs, £14,000 to Norwich City in 1951 and £7,500 to Bristol City in 1955, but Owen rejected both moves, not wanting to move away from his home in Abingdon.[2] There were also unsuccessful approaches from Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers. After his retirement, Owen commented on his refusal to move away from Swindon, stating:

"I would have liked to play in the First Division, I suppose, but not enough to make me move. To be honest, I was so happy at Swindon. They were a good club and I was among good friends. It was a joy to go to the County Ground every day."[4]

Having started his career as a centre forward, he later moved back into defence. In all competitions he scored 164 goals from 601 appearances for the club. After he finished playing he joined Swindon's backroom staff, serving as a coach before working as a groundsman.[5]

Later life

Owen was married to his wife Marjorie for nearly 50 years. In his later years, he suffered with Alzheimer's disease for more than a decade and suffered a stroke in 1998. Still living in his hometown Abingdon, Oxfordshire, he died in 2000 at the age of 76.[6]

Career statistics

Source:[5]
Season Team League Apps League Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals
1962–63 Swindon Town 27 0 4 0
1961–62 Swindon Town 44 0 4 0
1960–61 Swindon Town 40 0 6 0
1959–60 Swindon Town 0 0 0 0
1958–59 Swindon Town 36 2 3 0
1957–58 Swindon Town 33 3 0 0
1956–57 Swindon Town 37 7 2 0
1955–56 Swindon Town 44 13 5 2
1954–55 Swindon Town 33 12 1 0
1953–54 Swindon Town 29 10 0 0
1952–53 Swindon Town 40 17 3 4
1951–52 Swindon Town 41 18 9 6
1950–51 Swindon Town 28 9 0 0
1949–50 Swindon Town 29 10 2 1
1948–49 Swindon Town 42 17 1 1
1947–48 Swindon Town 35 16 6 1
1946–47 Swindon Town 17 16 0 0

References

  1. ^ "Swindon Town". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Another loyal servant for Town". Swindon Advertiser. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Owen stuns stags". Swindon Advertiser. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-08-0. 
  4. ^ "Town legend dies at 76". Swindon Advertiser. 2000-07-19. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ a b "Maurice Owen". Swindon-Town-FC. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Honour For Owen". Swindon Advertiser. 11 July 2000. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 

External links

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