Josh Gowling Paid Up & Off To Harriers

Former West Bromwich Albion, Gillingham FC and Bournemouth star, Josh Gowling was paid up by Lincoln City last night with the two parties parting company at 7.30 PM on transfer deadline day. It was just in time for a move to Kidderminster Harriers. Danny Lloyd, Andy Boyce and others have wished him well on twitter.

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With 10 months plus the months notice left on his current deal it would be interesting to know how much the compromise agreement has cost the club. Has it paved the way for him to accept a lower deal elsewhere or will the last minute deal benefit the Imps as he joins the Harriers along with Midfielder Manny Panther? At 28 he is entering the peak of his career. his infectious enthusiasm will be sure to raise everybody’s game at the BSP basement club who are lucky to have a decent guy.

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A quick STMI Biopic

Josh’s career at the Cherries was almost over before it gained momentum, as he sustained a serious knee injury in the first minute of a game at Brentford.  The ligament damage would keep him out for the season. Typically he battled back, making 30 often towering appearances.  He is brave and gives and asks no quarter.  Carlisle snapped him up on a two year deal but loaned him to Hereford where he played like a bull in a china shop before Mark Stimpson took a chance with a loan deal.  The Gills gave him a permanent deal as he became one of the few heroes in a season of turmoil that saw the Gills drop to League 2.  Despite being half-way through a two year deal he agreed to join the Imps on a two year tenure.

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Here are Josh’s stats with his Imp pen pic at the bottom.
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Joshua Gowling’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 5 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Def/Cent BSP 34 1 0 2 11 37 36 3064 7 0
Josh Gowling
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FULL NAME Joshua Anthony Isaac Gowling
DATE OF BIRTH 29 November 1983 (age 28)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)/ 12st 5lb (78.46kg)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2003–2005 Herfølge 30 (0)
2004–2005 Ølstykke FC (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2008 Bournemouth 90 (1)
2008 Carlisle United 5 (0)
2008–2009 Hereford United (loan) 13 (0)
2009 Gillingham (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2011 Gillingham 52 (4)
2010 Lincoln City (loan) 6 (0)
2011– Lincoln City 37 (0)
After his permanent capture from Gillingham, Lincoln City Banter eagerly sponsored the home shirt of Joshua Gowling last season.  Our optimism matched his own as he aimed for an immediate return to the Football League for the Mighty Imps. But oh contraire life is so unfair. To say that he did not deliver,  anywhere near what we feel him to be capable of is half unfair and half understatement. Then again our defence looked good on paper last term but did not measure up on the pitch against either pace or physical presence.  He does do the subtle things well including getting away with plenty, yet the club captain off the field, has not been as commanding on it considering his pedigree.  He did look composed with Williams and Hinds by his side so there was scope when Andy Boyce  came aboard. However he did not get a look in as Miller, Hutchison and Green overtook him in the pecking order. To his credit Josh trained with the youngsters and took being frozen out on the chin.
Good luck  Josh!

Posted on September 1, 2012, in Ex Imps, Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’m sure of one thing, he was a tower of strength for the Imps and sure to be missed but good luck as he deserved better treatment at the bank.How many more centre backs are we to dipense with?

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