19 Facts About Arthur Rowley


Arthur Rowley holds the record for the most goals in the history of English league football, scoring 434 from 619 league games.


Arthur Rowley was the younger brother of Manchester United footballer Jack Rowley.


Arthur Rowley was shortlisted for inclusion into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2008.


Arthur Rowley is Shrewsbury's record league goalscorer with 152 league goals.


Arthur Rowley is Leicester's second all-time top goalscorer, netting 265 times for the Foxes, 8 goals short of Arthur Chandler's record.


George Arthur Rowley was the third son of Mark Rowley, a well known goalkeeper playing semi-professionally in the Birmingham League.


Arthur Rowley went on to win local honours with Wolverhampton and County honours with both Birmingham and Staffordshire.


Arthur Rowley was selected for England schoolboys but the outbreak of the war robbed him of the opportunity.


On leaving school in 1940, Rowley went to work for a sheet metal firm doing war work before joining his older brother Jack in Manchester.


Arthur Rowley went on to play seven times for the United first team before being released in May 1944.


Arthur Rowley played regularly as an amateur at Wolverhampton Wanderers as guest during the war, before turning professional with West Bromwich Albion later in the summer of 1944.


Arthur Rowley failed to recapture his form in the First Division as he scored only 7 goals.


Arthur Rowley then broke his own record again the following season, scoring 41 times in 42 games, 39 of these goals coming in the league, earning him the Second Division golden boot award.


Arthur Rowley followed that up in the Third Division as he continued scoring prolifically, netting 32,28,23 and 24 times over the next four seasons, before falling away in his last couple of seasons with the club as he began to put on weight and became less mobile, but his influence on the pitch was still to be seen, even employing himself as a makeshift defender on occasion, before finally retiring in 1965.


Arthur Rowley managed Southend United from 1970 to 1976 and was assistant manager of Telford United and manager of non-league Knighton Town and Oswestry Town before leaving football.


Arthur Rowley represented Shropshire in three Minor Counties Championship matches between 1961 and 1962 as a right-handed batsman and a leg break bowler, and played at club level for Rolls-Royce in Shrewsbury.


Arthur Rowley made his home in the suburb of Copthorne, Shrewsbury.


Arthur Rowley continued to visit the Gay Meadow as a spectator.


Arthur Rowley died in December 2002 aged 76 and was buried on Saturday 26 December in Shrewsbury General Cemetery in Longden Road.