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Norman Terence Sinclair Rowe (born 8 June 1964) is an English retired professional footballer. He spent three seasons in the American Professional Soccer League, eight in the Major Indoor Soccer League, four in the Continental Indoor Soccer League and two in the National Professional Soccer League.

Terry Rowe
Personal information
Full name Norman Terence Sinclair Rowe[1]
Date of birth (1964-06-08) 8 June 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Fulham, England[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder, defender
Youth career
Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Brentford 66 (1)
1984–1992 Wichita Wings (indoor) 292 (55)
1991–1993 Tampa Bay Rowdies 38 (0)
1993 Dayton Dynamo (indoor) 6 (2)
1994–1995 Detroit Neon (indoor) 49 (15)
1995Chertsey Town (loan)
1996–1997 Indianapolis Twisters (indoor)
1997 Anaheim Splash (indoor)
1997–1999 Wichita Wings (indoor) 30 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

After a spell with Fulham as a junior,[2] Rowe began his career in the Brentford youth team when he was fifteen. He turned professional with Brentford and became the first black player to make a senior appearance for the club.[3] Rowe played 81 games before a change of managers saw him demoted to the reserves.[4] In 1984, after moves to Wimbledon and Sunderland fell through,[2] scouts from the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League approached him and he moved to the United States. He remained with the Wings until 1990. On 6 July 1990, he signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Crunch.[5] However, in September, he discovered that the move to Cleveland voided his work visa and he returned to the Wings.[6] In February 1991, he signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the American Professional Soccer League.[7] He finished the MISL season with Wichita, then joined the Rowdies in April.[8] In August 1991, he rejoined the Wings for the 1991–1992 MISL season, then was back with the Rowdies in the summer of 1992. This season the Rowdies went to the APSL championship game before losing to the Colorado Foxes.[9] By this time, the MISL had collapsed and the Wings moved to the National Professional Soccer League. The move led to a complete revamping of their roster and Rowe was not offered a contract. He returned to England to seek a new team there, but returned to the United States after Terry Nicholl, ex-coach of the Wings asked him to come play for the Dayton Dynamo which Nicholl was now coaching in the NPSL.[10] He played only one month with Dayton before returning to England for a trial with Cambridge F.C.[11] However, he was back with the Rowdies for the 1993 season. He was named team captain, but injures marred his season and he played only eleven games.[12] In 1994, he signed with the Detroit Neon in the Continental Indoor Soccer League. He spent the 1994 and 1995 seasons in Detroit (returning to England between the seasons to play for non-league side Chertsey Town) and received offers from Peterborough United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Walsall in England, but remained committed to indoor football in the United States due to financial considerations.[2] Rowe moved to the Indianapolis Twisters for the 1996 season. He began the 1997 season with the Twisters before being traded in July, along with Rich Ryerson to the Anaheim Splash in exchange for Paul McDonnell and a 1998 first-round draft pick.[13] On 16 October 1997, Rowe signed a short-term contract with the Wings.[14] He played five games, then left to play for an English team.[15] He returned to the Wings in July 1998.[16][17]

Coaching careerEdit

Rowe has held coaching roles at Chertsey Town and at Peterborough youth club P&T Panthers.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Rowe appears in the 1984 Minder episode The Long Ride Back to Scratchwood, filmed at Griffin Park.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Terry Rowe". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Brentford F.C. Griffin Gazette versus Stockport County 11/03/95. Quay Design of Poole. 1995. p. 33.
  3. ^ TW8: Brentford Official Matchday Programme versus Port Vale 14/04/01. Charlton, London: Morganprint. 2001. p. 44.
  4. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 138. ISBN 978-0955294914.
  5. ^ DEALS USA TODAY – Friday, 6 July 1990
  6. ^ ROWE WILL PLAY FOR WINGS AGAIN VETERAN CREATES TRAFFIC JAM AT DEFENDER Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Thursday, 27 September 1990
  7. ^ MISL-Terry Rowe. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ "APSL 1991 Season". a-leaguearchive.tripod.com. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  9. ^ "APSL 1992 Season". a-leaguearchive.tripod.com. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  10. ^ NICHOLL'S THOUGHTS OF DEFENSE SUMMON VETERAN ROWE FROM LONDON Dayton Daily News (OH) – Thursday, 4 February 1993
  11. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1992–1993 Archived 29 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "APSL 1993 Season". a-leaguearchive.tripod.com. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  13. ^ Three from Splash named All-Stars The Orange County Register – Thursday, 17 July 1997
  14. ^ ROWE SIGNS ON TO HELP WINGS * SHORT-HANDED WICHITA ACQUIRES DEFENDER, THREE OTHERS FOR EARLY GAMES. Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Thursday, 16 October 1997
  15. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1997–1998 Archived 28 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ WINGS ADD PUNCH, LEADERSHIP. DANISH STAR CARSTEN JENSEN, FAN FAVORITE TERRY ROWE JOIN NINE RETURNEES FROM 1997–98. Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Wednesday, 29 July 1998
  17. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1998–1999 Archived 28 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Super Sawtry scare Crows". www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2019.

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