Donald and John Gow

Donald Gow

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Donald Gow

Personal information

Full name

Donald Robertson Gow[1]

Date of birth

8 February 1868[1]

Place of birth

Blair Atholl, Scotland[1]

Date of death

1945 (aged 76–77)[1]

Position(s)

Full-back

Senior career*

Years

Team

Apps

(Gls)

1884–1885

Cessnock Bank

1885–1891

Rangers

16

(1)

1891–1892

Sunderland

16

(0)

1892–1893

Rangers

10

(0)

1893–1897

Sunderland

82

(1)

1897

New Brighton Tower

1898

Millwall Athletic

1899

Girvan

International career

1888

Scotland

1

(0)

1892[2]

Football League XI

1

(0)

*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Donald Robertson Gow (8 February 1868 – 1945) was a Scottish footballer who played for Rangers, Sunderland and the Scottish national football team as a full back.

Club career[edit]

Previously playing for Rangers where he claimed a Scottish Football League winner's medal from his first spell at Rangers in the competition's first edition of 1890–91,[3][4] Gow made his debut for Sunderland against Bolton Wanderers on 19 September 1891 in a 4–3 defeat at Pike's Lane.[5] He won the English Football League Championship in 1892 and 1895.[6] He played for Sunderland on two separate occasions, between 1891 and 1892 then 1893 and 1897 with a year back at Rangers in the interim, in total making 98 league appearances scoring one goal at his time at the club.[7]

International career[edit]

While a Rangers player, Gow made his debut and only appearance for Scotland against England on 17 March 1888 in a 5–0 defeat at Hampden Park. Gow captained the Scottish side in this game.[8][9] It is likely he would have gained more caps while with Sunderland had the Scottish Football Association not operated a policy of selecting only home-based players until 1896 (a situation which also affected Sunderland teammate Ned Doig among many others). After this was relaxed, Gow played in the Home Scots v Anglo-Scots trial match of 1897[10] but unlike Doig, did not make the full Scotland team again.[4]

Personal life[edit]

His brother John was also a Scottish international.[11]

However, on losing work in Glasgow he moved south, to London, where he joined, presumably on its foundation in October 1871, South Norwood F.C. but must in the meantime have made an impression elsewhere on the football field, perhaps at nearby Crystal Palace and also in the committee room. Of the five unofficial international played in London between March 1870 and February 1872 he played in three, the second in November 1870, the third and the fourth a year later and was listed for the fifth, although in the end he did not take part. He also became the liaison between London and Queen's Park and as such should be credited in the effort that turned unofficial games official. 

In the three unofficial games Smith played as a forward and it was as such that he began and ended that first, official international in 1872, although for a period he did swap with captain, Robert Gardiner, in goal. Then aged twenty-four he was described, in contrast to his brother, as a steady, hard-working player, a "grafter" and that seems to have been an strong element in the rest of his life, as England also failed to hold him for long. After also appearing for Scotland in the second, official international in March 1873 in the Autumn of that same year he left Britain essentially for good, emigrating to the "Wild West", to Wyoming in the United States, there to join another of the Fordyce scholars and Queen's Park founders, William Klingner.     

John Gow (footballer, born 1869)

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For the Queen's Park player, see John Gow (footballer, born 1859).

John Gow

Personal information

Full name

John Robertson Gow

Date of birth

17 April 1869

Place of birth

Blair Atholl, Scotland

Position(s)

Outside forward

Senior career*

Years

Team

Apps

(Gls)

1885–1889

Rangers

International career

1888

Scotland

1

(0)

*Club domestic league appearances and goals

John Robertson Gow (born 17 April 1869) was a Scottish footballer who played as an outside forward.

Career[edit]

Born in Blair Atholl, Gow played club football for Rangers,[1] and made one appearance for Scotland in 1888.[2] He became club president of Rangers in 1896.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

His brother Donald was also a Scottish international player.[2]

Birth Locator:                    Aberdeen

Residence Locator(s):     Fordyce Academy

                                            Green River and Sweetwater, Wyoming, USA

Grave Locator:                  Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Other Sources:

Wiki

Sweetwater County

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Scottish Sports History

and see also

The Sweetwater County and Rock Springs Historical Museums

 

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