Bedlington Terriers playmaker, Steve 'Bowser' Bowey, agreed to answer a few questions for SotN. Here, he talks about the Army, the Heed and his love for the Terriers.......
PETER MANN - Now then Bowser, you have a more than varied footballing career with background in Military, English and Scottish Leagues, as well as in non-league football on your resume. The problem is where to begin. So, at the beginning of your career you joined the Army from school at the age of 16. This has seen you play football for their select XI’s around the globe. Some exciting times and experiences for you there then? What are your standout memories?
STEVE BOWEY - The Army made me who I am today. We had excellent team players like Lee Bradbury who now manages Bournemouth and goalkeeper Maik Taylor. Playing Holland under 21’s was my highlight because all their players were pros who had to do national service.
PM - Your first experience of non-league football saw you become a cult hero at Gateshead where you would spend around five seasons. How was your first spell with the Tynesiders?
SB – I loved my first spell at Gateshead. Scoring 14 goals in my first season and playing the likes of Halifax and Swindon Town were my greatest times; apart from breaking my ankle at half time and playing the rest of the game in so much pain wasn't the best thing I’ve done against Swindon.
PM - From there you would be spotted by Scottish League side, Queen of the South, where you were an instant success. How was winning the Scottish Second Division (2002) and Scottish Challenge Cup (2003)?
SB – Winning things at Queens was amazing and the best feeling in the world and I played my best football whilst I was there. It is an amazing and my all time favourite club.
PM - Newcastle Blue Star, 20 months, player, player-manager, and a club collapse. How was the rollercoaster over such a short time-frame? What, in your eyes could or should have been done differently, especially towards the end?
SB - Blue Star was the hardest I've worked. Winning was and is everything to me. I put my life into it and I was truly sad when it all ended, especially the way it did.
PM - Recently you have had spells at both Ayr United (Scotland) and Harrogate Town. How were these two spells?
SB - Ayr was brilliant and playing in front of 6000plus crowds again was amazing.
PM - You are now at Northern League Bedlington Terriers so, how was the USA tour? And what are your plans for the future?
SB – The USA trip was once in a lifetime opportunity. I love everything about Bedlington Terriers and my future lies in management because I love the buzz of winning.