Tribute to Town legend Rowley
Shrewsbury Town FC's goalscoring legend of the 1960s, Arthur Rowley, died at the age of 76 in December 2002. His record tally of 434 league goals is unlikely ever to be broken.
He was often seen at the Gay Meadow in recent times, and his last game - the home encounter against Bournemouth - was just days before he died.
Sadly he died only a few weeks before Shrewsbury Town's FA Cup victory over Premiership club Everton - a game he would have enjoyed immensely. After all, as Town manager he too had beaten the Toffees (in the League Cup).
But then he also didn't live to see the string of awful performances that led to Town's relegation to the Conference in May 2003.
George Arthur Rowley joined Shrewsbury Town on 5 June 1958 and in the next decade scored 152 goals for the club as player manager.
That still stands as the club record today, and his tally of 38 league goals in the 1958-59 season is a mark no Town player has ever matched.
His 434 goals in 619 games over 19 years earns him a place in the football league's legends website, which says: 'Arthur Rowley stands head and shoulders above anybody else in league history for goalscoring'.
He was player manager when Shrewsbury beat First Division giants Everton in the League Cup and were within minutes of reaching the final before losing out to Rotherham.
Rowley left Shrewsbury to manage Sheffield United and Southend, but returned to the town when he retired and was regularly seen at Gay Meadow, despite his ailing health.
Born in Wolverhampton in 1926, Rowley went to Manchester United at the age of 14, but signed for West Brom when he turned professional at the end of the war.
But he didn't set the world alight, scoring only four times in 23 games, and was transferred to Fulham, where he did much better, netting 27 goals in 56 outings.
But it was at Leicester City's Filbert Street where he made his mark over eight seasons, twice helping them gain promotion to the old First Division, and becoming the club's top scorer.
From Leicester it was on to Shrewsbury Town, guiding them to promotion to the Third Division in his first season as player manager - and scoring 38 goals in 43 games.
He finished his playing career at the Town, hanging up his boots in 1965, although he stayed on as manager for another three years.
And after his spells with Sheffield United and Southend, he returned to Shropshire, firstly to manage Oswestry Town for a brief spell and then Knighton in Powys.
Former Shrewsbury Town captain and manager Jake King led the tributes to Rowley immediately after his death was announced.
He said: "He was a quiet man. It's a sad day for Shropshire."
last updated: 05/10/07
Have Your Say
Should Arthur Rowley be honoured in the Football Hall of Fame? Tell us what you think
C John Woolford
Thomas Rowley -Jones
MICHAEL SPEED from australia
Kenneth John Davies