Ray Bowden

Ray Bowden had a fine goalscoring record during Arsenal's dominance of the 1930s.

The stylish front man, who played as an inside or centre forward, scored 48 times in 138 starts between 1933 and 1937.

Profile

Name Ray Bowden
Arsenal Career 1933 - 1937
Position: Striker
Appearances 138 (138 starts, 0 as a sub)
Goals 48

Bowden, a solicitor's clerk before taking up football, joined from Plymouth Argyle for £4,500 in March 1933.

He made a goalscoring debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 1933 and followed that up with another goal in his second appearance against Aston Villa.

Bowden rose to prominence in the 1933/34 season and scored 13 times in 32 starts as Arsenal lifted the Division One trophy for the third time shortly after the death of Herbert Chapman.

The forward remained an ever-present under the reign of George Allison and helped Arsenal lift the title again one year later with 14 goals in 24 appearances.

An England call-up against Wales that season came as little surprise and it was the first of six appearances for the national team.

Bowden started as the Gunners edged past Sheffield United in the 1936 FA Cup final to claim his third honour at Highbury.

He made 10 appearances in the team's 1937/38 league title victory but was sold to Newcastle United for £5,000 in November 1937.

Bowden was a regular in the North East for two seasons but retired from the game at the outbreak of the First World War.