Jack Cowan

Jun 06, 1927
Vancouver, CAN
184 cm
University of Britiosh Columbia
Where they grew up
Vancouver, CAN


Jack Cowan

John Lawrence Cowan... soccer family (brother Terry)... his father Reuben was born in Montréal while his mother Ellen was born in Blackburn, ENG... he was married to wife Margaret (they had two daughters)... he was 73 years old when he passed away on 10 December 2000... he was an engineering student at the University of British Columbia... became an Electrical Engineer with BC Hydro...

a one-time Canada Soccer Championship winner (1956)... a Scottish League Cup winner (1951, 1952)... in Canada, an all-star selection both before (1949) and after (1955, 1956) his career in Scotland (including an All Canada selection in 1956)... in 1950, he was one of 16 footballers shortlisted in a Best in 50 Years poll by The Canadian Press... in 2000, he was part of the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame (one of 11 former players)... in 2012, was honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame as one of “Canada Soccer’s Best XI in 50 Years: 1912-1962”...

explained Cowan in 1975, “well, my initial six months there (at Dundee FC) were not very bright, first an injury during training side lined me for five weeks. Then my first few games in the reserve team were not too successful, but fortunately the General Manager saw some potential in my abilities. Finally, late in 1949, I was placed in the first team and played for several games”... wrote Jimmy Lay in January 1952, “Cowan’s (first) goal was a gem. He went right through the Stirling Albion defence to gain his marker”... also wrote Cowan in 1975, “in 1954, I decided to return to Vancouver, but Dundee FC offered me a 500 pound bonus to say and had plans to make me captain of the team and play for many more years in the first team, but my strong desire to return to my hometown and start my engineering career overruled the offer to stay and I returned to BC”... also wrote Cowan in 1975, “I was selected to go to Mexico with the 1957 Canadian team, but due to my engineering position and family reasons, I declined and decided to retire from soccer at the age of 29”...

said Dave Fryatt in 2000, “Jack was one of the top left fullbacks Canada has ever produced; I was always impressed with the tough but gentlemanly manner in which he played the game; in my mind, we’ve never had a better left fullback in Canadian soccer”... wrote Jeff Cross in 2000, “he was a very sturdy and dependable type of player”...

For Country

was part of the 1956 Canadian team that faced a touring Lokomotiv Moscow in Toronto, ON (a 1:2 loss on 18 August 1956)... he was invited to join Canada’s national team for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1957, but he declined (he retired from football at age 29 to concentrate on his engineering career)...

For Sport

served as a scout for the Vancouver Royal Canadians (inc 1967)...

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