For the early 20th century player, see Arthur Rowley (footballer, born 1870). For the Liverpool F.C. player, see Arthur Rowley (footballer, born 1933).
George Arthur Rowley Jr., (21 April 1926 – 19 December 2002), nicknamed “The Gunner” because of his explosive left-foot shot, was an English football player and cricketer. He holds the record for the most goals in the history of English league football, scoring 434 from 619 league games. He was the younger brother of Manchester United footballer Jack Rowley. He was shortlisted for inclusion into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
He holds the club record for the most goals in a single season at both Leicester City and Shrewsbury Town, scoring 44 goals in 42 league matches at Leicester in 1956–57 and 38 goals in 43 games for Shrewsbury in 1958–59. He is also Shrewsbury’s record league goalscorer with 152 league goals. He is Leicester’s second all-time top goalscorer, netting 265 times for the Foxes, 8 goals short of Arthur Chandler’s record
Rowley was born in Wolverhampton where he was educated at St Peter’s Collegiate School
Rowley began his career as an amateur at Wolverhampton Wanderers before turning professional with West Bromwich Albion in 1944. However, he struggled at The Hawthorns both to score goals and gain a regular place in the first team.
Albion sold Rowley early in the 1948–49 season to Fulham, where he immediately found his goal-scoring touch, scoring 19 goals in 22 appearance as he helped the side to the Second Division title.
Rowley failed to recapture his form in the First Division as he scored only 7 goals.