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Gareth Owen (footballer, born 1971)

Gareth Owen (born 21 October 1971) is a Welsh footballer, who played as a midfielder for various English and Welsh clubs between 1989 and 2011.

Gareth Owen
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-10-21) 21 October 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Chester, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–2001 Wrexham 298 (37)
2001–2003 Doncaster Rovers 53 (7)
2003Northwich Victoria (loan) 2 (0)
2003–2005 Connah's Quay Nomads
2005–2008 Airbus UK Broughton 89 (13)
2008–2011 Rhyl
National team
Wales Under-21 8
Wales B 1
Teams managed
2005–2008 Airbus UK Broughton (Player/Manager)
2011–2012 Airbus UK (Head Coach)
2015–2016 Rhyl
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Owen spent twelve years as a professional at Wrexham, and was rewarded by a testimonial match against Manchester United in 2000 which drew a crowd of 13,000 to the Racecourse Ground.[1] He then spent two years at Doncaster Rovers before moving to Connah's Quay Nomads. He joined Airbus UK Broughton in August 2005 as Player-Manager.[2]

In July 2008 he moved to Rhyl on a one-year deal to play under his former assistant manager at Airbus, Allan Bickerstaff.[3] In May 2009 he was named as the Welsh Premier League's Player of the Season.[4] He remained at the club for three years before returning to Airbus in June 2011 as head coach.[5]

He also works in North Wales as Football Development Officer with Flintshire County Council, where one of key roles is to develop women's football in the region.[6]

He was appointed head coach at Airbus UK in 2011[5] but left the club in January 2012 when Andy Preece's management team was appointed.[7]


Owen was capped by Wales at Under 21 level and 'B' international level.[5] He was called up to the full international team in 1998 but did not play.[8]



  1. ^ "Gareth's night but Giggs steals show". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2 August 2000. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Gareth Owen Profile: Welsh Premier League". Welsh Premier League. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Gareth Owen signs for Rhyl". Daily Post. 1 July 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Gareth Owen is player of the season". Welsh Premier League. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "Owen returns to the Airfield in role reversal". Welsh Premier League. 15 June 2011. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Where Are They Now? – Gareth Owen". The Football League. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Preece takes charge at the Airfield". Airbus UK FC. 17 January 2012. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Gareth Owen Profile". 13 January 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Player of the Season". Welsh Premier League. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Dream team 2008/09". Retrieved 6 June 2018.

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