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Former Glasshoughton director of football releases book

25th March, 2021

Former Glasshoughton Welfare director of football Ray Gowan has released a book that looks back at his 45 years in non-league football as a player and a manager.

Called "Football - Ray's Way", it covers his time as a player for Gateshead before his move into management when he emigrated to South Africa in 1971.

He returned to the United Kingdom five years later and was the boss at a number of clubs including Shildon where he spent fourteen years in the dugout, guiding the side to an FA Cup First Round appearance in 2003.

Gowan became involved at Glasshoughton in 2007, setting about restructuring the club behind the scenes and making a lot of changes that helped Welfare secure its long-term future amidst a time of great uncertainty on-the-pitch.

He left to take over as manager at West Auckland Town in 2008 before moving back to South Africa a few months later where he lives today.

For more details about how to purchase this fascinating book, you can contact Ray directly by email at raygowan@hotmail.com.

(Story Source: Glasshoughton Welfare)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Yorkshire Amateur 11 29 27
P 2 Bridlington Town 9 21 24
P 3 Liversedge 7 21 22
4 Garforth Town 9 21 10
5 Maltby Main 10 18 6
6 AFC Mansfield 9 17 17
7 Handsworth 12 17 -3
8 Grimsby Borough 10 16 6
9 Barton Town 11 14 -9
10 Albion Sports 9 13 0
11 Eccleshill United 11 13 -4
12 Penistone Church 7 12 6
13 Hemsworth MW 7 12 3
14 Goole AFC 11 11 -21
15 Silsden AFC 10 10 -6
16 Thackley 11 8 -11
17 Staveley MW 6 7 -1
18 Knaresborough 9 7 -9
19 Bottesford Town 11 4 -24
20 Athersley Rec 10 3 -33
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Emley AFC 10 26 18
2 Campion 11 24 17
P 3 Winterton Rangers 9 22 23
4 North Ferriby 10 22 11
5 Retford FC 13 21 6
6 Brigg Town 11 20 13
7 Rossington Main 12 18 5
P 8 Skegness Town 8 16 5
9 Parkgate 10 16 -2
10 Hall Road Rangers 10 14 -3
11 Hallam 8 13 4
12 Nostell MW 12 12 -8
13 Glasshoughton Welf 12 11 1
14 Armthorpe Welfare 12 11 -14
15 Swallownest 8 10 -1
16 Dronfield Town 11 10 -11
17 Harrogate Railway Ath 8 9 -9
18 East Hull 10 7 -23
19 Worsbrough Bridge 13 6 -21
20 Selby Town 6 3 -11

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