* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
John Frederick "Jack" Rowley (7 October 1920 – 28 June 1998) was an English footballstriker from the 1930s to the 1950s, mainly remembered for playing for Manchester United. He was nicknamed "The Gunner" because of his prolific and explosive goalscoring, scoring 211 goals in 424 appearances for United. His younger brother, Arthur, still holds the record for the highest number of career goals scored in the Football League with 434.
Rowley started his professional career in 1935 with Wolverhampton Wanderers, although he never found a place in the first team. In 1937, he moved to Bournemouth & Boscombe, scoring 10 goals in his first 11 games. His talent soon brought him to the attention of larger clubs and Rowley was purchased 8 months later by Manchester United for £3,000. Still only 17, his debut for the club came on 23 October 1937 against Sheffield Wednesday. In his second game, he scored 4 goals against Swansea Town.
Initially bought as a left sided winger, he was to develop into a highly effective centre forward in Matt Busby's first United team. He helped United to the 1948 FA Cup (scoring two goals in the final) and their 1952 championship. Rowley is one of only four players in the history of Manchester United to score over 200 goals for the club, the others being Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Wayne Rooney. He left the club in 1955 to become player/manager of Plymouth Argyle.1
He later went on to manage Oldham Athletic, gaining promotion to the Third Division in 1963. From here, he went on to manage AFC Ajax for the 1963–64 season, before returning to Britain to manage Wrexham, Bradford, and a second spell at Oldham, which finished in 1969 and signalled the end of his managerial career.
Rowley was also capped 6 times for England scoring 6 goals, 4 of which came against Northern Ireland on 16 November 1949