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David Bowman
Date & Place of Birth: 10th March 1964, Tunbridge Wells
Date Signed: 13th May 1986
Previous Clubs: Hearts, Coventry City
Position: Midfielder
Debut: 9th August 1986 v Aberdeen
First Goal: 30th March 1988 v St Mirren
Last Appearance: 9th May 1998 v Rangers
Total Appearances: 429
Total Goals Scored: 12
Later Clubs: Raith Rovers, Orient & Yee Hope, Forfar Athletic
Inducted to Hall of Fame: January 2010


In a Dundee United playing career spanning twelve years, David Bowman became firmly embedded in the history of the Club and, ranked at tenth in the all time appearances chart, his legend status is well earned. He was one of the most committed players ever to don the tangerine and after ending his playing days he became involved in coaching with United and has also been involved in community projects with local schools.

A former Hearts midfielder, David signed for United from Coventry City and in his first season at Tannadice he played a big part in the run to the UEFA Cup final collecting a runners-up medal for his contribution in the two leg final against Gothenburg. He also played against St Mirren in the Scottish Cup final but again had to settle for a runners-up medal.

For the next eleven years the name of David Bowman was rarely omitted from the team sheet. Another Scottish Cup runners-up medal came in 1988 in the final against Celtic and as United remained at the forefront of Scottish football over the late 1980s and early 1990s, David collected a third Scottish Cup runners-up medal against Motherwell in 1991, scoring one of Unitedís goals in the final.
In 1994 however, United at last collected the Scottish Cup with a 1-0 win against Rangers, due in no small part to the contribution from David Bowman. Throughout that campaign, he was one of the side which charted a course through a memorable part of United history.

Unfortunately, that glory was followed a year later by relegation to the First Division. August 1995 brought a testimonial for David against local rivals Dundee and in the season that followed he took a captainís role as United regained Premier League status at the first attempt; an excellent achievement under very difficult conditions in a league containing some very strong sides.

David was still giving his full commitment to the United cause in 1996-97 and helped to get the Club into third place in the Premier League and to a Scottish Cup semi final. 1997-98 brought another runners-up medal as United lost out to Celtic in the League Cup final. At the end of that season David left United to join Raith Rovers and later played in Honk Kong with Orient & Yee Hope before returning to Scotland to join Forfar Athletic. His playing career ended in 2001 after an absurd decision by the football authorities to impose a seventeen match ban following a game at Stranraer, where the referee reported him for seven separate offences. But for that, David might have played on for another year or two.

As a Scotland schools, youth and Under-21 international a full national call up was sure to follow and in 1992, David gained the first of six full caps against Finland in 1992. His full international record can be found on the SFA website.

Click here for the other Hall of Fame Legends:-

Lennart Wing, Kenny Cameron, John Holt, Frank Kopel, Erik Pedersen, Duncan Hutchison, Johnny Coyle, Jimmy Briggs, Doug Smith, Dennis Gillespie, Finn Dossing, Hamish McAlpine, Andy Rolland, Dave Narey, Paul Hegarty, Ralph Milne, Eamonn Bannon, Maurice Malpas, Peter McKay, Billy Hainey, Ian Mitchell, David Dodds, John Clark, Stewart Fraser, Paul Sturrock

 
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