Dave Bowman Player Profile

Playing Seasons

ALL League Cups
1997-98 23 (5) 28 0 6 1 15 (4) 0 8 (1) 0
1996-97 28 (4) 32 0 3 1 26 (2) 0 2 (2) 0
1995-96 21 (1) 22 0 3 1 18 (1) 0 3 0
1994-95 38 38 1 6 0 31 0 7 1
1993-94 47 47 2 12 1 35 2 12 0
1992-93 19 (6) 25 0 5 0 18 (6) 0 1 0
1991-92 42 (4) 46 3 10 0 37 (4) 3 5 0
1990-91 24 (3) 27 2 2 0 17 (3) 1 7 1
1989-90 26 (8) 34 1 5 0 20 (4) 1 6 (4) 0
1988-89 30 (10) 40 2 4 0 21 (8) 1 9 (2) 1
1987-88 46 (6) 52 1 6 0 34 (5) 1 12 (1) 0
1986-87 27 (11) 38 0 4 0 19 (10) 0 8 (1) 0
Totals: 371 (58) 12 291 (47) 9 80 (11) 3

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
May 9th, 1998 09/05/98 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 2
May 2nd, 1998 02/05/98 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 1
Mar 21st, 1998 21/03/98 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 1
Mar 15th, 1998 15/03/98 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
Mar 8th, 1998 08/03/98 5th Round vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3

 Recent First Team Goals
Feb 7th, 1995 07/02/95 3rd Round Replay vs. Clyde (A) 5 - 1
Dec 11th, 1993 11/12/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 3 - 0
Nov 9th, 1993 09/11/93 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 2 - 2
Apr 4th, 1992 04/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1
Nov 6th, 1991 06/11/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Feb 7th, 1995 07/02/95 3rd Round Replay vs. Clyde (A) 5 - 1 (49')
Dec 11th, 1993 11/12/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 3 - 0 (1')
Nov 9th, 1993 09/11/93 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 2 - 2 (25')
Apr 4th, 1992 04/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1 (54')
Nov 6th, 1991 06/11/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 1 (55')
Sep 7th, 1991 07/09/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 0 (32')
May 18th, 1991 18/05/91 Final vs. Motherwell (N) 3 - 4 (55')
Oct 10th, 1990 10/10/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 0 (39')
Nov 25th, 1989 25/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 1 (74')
Jan 28th, 1989 28/01/89 3rd Round vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 1 (32')
Nov 26th, 1988 26/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H) 1 - 0 (58')
Mar 30th, 1988 30/03/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 5 - 1 (32')

 List of Games Played
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Competition History

LGE 291 (47) 9 55 4
SC 33 (6) 3 6 0
LC 23 (2) 0 3 0
UEFA 19 (2) 0 2 0
CWC 4 (1) 0 0 0
LCC 1 0 0 0
Totals: 371 (58) 12

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Son of former Hearts defender Andy Bowman, Dave was born in Tunbridge Wells whilst his father was playing for Tonbridge Angels. The family later returned to Edinburgh, where Dave played youth football for Salvesen Boys Club, before signing for his father’s former club, Hearts, in June 1980.

Making his debut aged 16 years-old in July 1980, he quickly became a first team regular at Tynecastle. making over 150 appearances in his four and a half years with the Edinburgh club. United manager twice tried to bring Bowman to Tannadice during this time, but in December 1984 he was sold to English top tier side Coventry City for £170,000, making his debut soon after. A year later he was joined at Highfield Road by former Celtic and Dundee player Jim McInally, and just days after the end of the 1985-86 season, United manager Jim McLean signed both players in a joint bid of £140,000 – a move funded by the transfer of midfield pair Billy Kirkwood and Stuart Beedie to Hibs on the same day.

Dave made his first appearance in July 1986 in a friendly against Montrose, and his competitive debut followed two weeks later against Aberdeen at Tannadice in the opening league game of the season. In his first season with United, he was a member of the first team squad that reached the final of the UEFA Cup, playing in the ties against RC Lens, Universitatea Craiova, Borussia Monchengladbach and in the 1st leg of the final itself in Gothenburg. He also played in the famous Dundee derby Scottish Cup semi-final at Tynecastle, and in the final against St Mirren, but unfortunately was on the losing side in both finals that season.

Playing for a spell as the first choice right-back the following season, he scored his first goal for United in a 5-1 win over St Mirren in March 1988, and collected a second Scottish Cup runners-up medal as United lost out to Celtic at Hampden in the final in May 1988. He collected a third Scottish Cup runners-up medal as United competed with Motherwell at Hampden in May 1991, a match in which he scored an equaliser early in the second half, before Motherwell eventually went on to win in extra-time.

Having played for Scotland at schools, youth and Under-21 level, Dave was recognised at full international level when he made his Scotland debut against Finland in March 1992, going on to make 6 appearances for his country during his time at United. His run of bad luck in the Scottish Cup eventually ran out, and along with Maurice Malpas and Jim McInally, he was finally allowed to celebrate at Hampden Park when United lifted the Scottish Cup for the first time in the Clubs’ history with a 1-0 win over Rangers in May 1994.

The midfielder stuck by the club after their relegation from the Premier Division in May 1995 and was rewarded for his services to the club with a testimonial against Dundee in August 1995. Soon after, Dave suffered a serious facial injury but recovered and was quickly back in the side, helping United to regain top league status after a year in the First Division. He was made Club captain in 1996 and was part of the entertaining Tommy McLean side that went on a 17-game unbeaten run in the 1996-97 season. He collected one more runners-up medal in November 1997, when United lost to Celtic at Ibrox Stadium.

A highly influential player, Dave’s uncompromising style often had him in trouble with referees, but it also made him hugely popular with the fans. Given the nickname ‘Psycho’, it is surprising to note that he only received four red cards during his twelve years at Tannadice. Dave joined Raith Rovers for season 1998-99 and then spent time with Orient & Yee Hope in Hong Kong before returning to end his playing career at Forfar Athletic, where he received a record seventeen match ban after being shown the red card five times in one match.

Whilst playing at Forfar, Dave joined the coaching staff at Tannadice, where, apart from a brief spell coaching at Livingston and Dundee, he has remained in a number of roles, including temporarily being in charge of the first team after the sacking of Jackie McNamara in 2015.

Last updated on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 by B Orr.


August 9th, 1986
Dundee United 2 - 1 Aberdeen

League (Premier Division)

International Career (Scotland)

Caps: 6

Goals: 0

International Debut: March 25th, 1992 v. Finland

A member of the Scotland Under-18 team that won the 1982 European Championships in Finland, Dave Bowman's consistent form since signing for United lead to a full Scotland call-up in March 1992, winning his first cap in a friendly against Finland at Hampden. Also playing in a friendly match against the USA in America in the lead up to Euro '92, Bowman made the squad for the Championships in Sweden, but was not selected for any of the team's three games. In March 1993 he played alongside United teammates Jim McInally and Duncan Ferguson in a 1-0 friendly defeat to World champions Germany at Ibrox, and three World Cup qualifier matches, his last cap being against Italy in Rome.

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  • Date of Birth

    Dave was born on this date in Tunbridge Wells, England.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Just a few days after the end of the 1985-86 season, United manager Jim McLean signed Dave, along with Jim McInally, in a joint bid of £140,000 – a move funded by the transfer of midfield pair Billy Kirkwood and Stuart Beedie to Hibs on the same day.

  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    Montrose 0 - 3 Dundee United

    The first public outing for the first team gave Tannadice fans the opportunity to see one of our close season signings in action as Dave Bowman made his debut. Both the newcomer and the team's display

  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 2 - 1 Aberdeen
    League (Premier Division)

    This was decidedly not one of the classic encounters between the two great East coast rivals. Having said that Tannadice fans wouldn't quibble at the outcome which provided a perfect start to the grue

  • 50th Appearance

    Dunfermline 0 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Our first visit to East End Park for twelve and a half years brought us a point, but in truth, this is a game we should have won, as we dominated play for long spells. A bright start augured well as w

  • 50th League Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 2 Hibernian
    League (Premier Division)

    Hibs, who had only won once in twenty-two visits prior to this season, accomplished their second victory of the season by an identical scoreline. Yet we got off to the perfect start and finished stron

  • First Goal

    Dundee United 5 - 1 St Mirren
    League (Premier Division)

    We recorded our biggest win of the season in fine style, despite going behind in seven minutes. In truth we could, or should, have been three up after only three minutes! French sent over a cross whic

  • 100th Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 2 Aberdeen
    League Cup (Semi Final)

    After the saga of last season's Scottish Cup semi, both sides knew that a decision would be reached on the night with extra-time and penalties to decide the issue. Unlike the cagey nature of all last

  • 100th League Appearance

    Hibernian 2 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Not for the first time this season we got off to a great start, dominating the first half only to let it slip away. As early as the third minute Dave Bowman clipped the ball forward to Kevin Gallacher

  • 200th Appearance

    Dundee United 3 - 0 Dunfermline
    League (Premier Division)

    Atonement for that Skol Cup defeat was upper most in our minds as we faced Dunfermline four days after their freak 3-1 victory over us at East End Park. Within a couple of minutes Rhodes had twice bee

  • International Debut

    Dave earned his first International cap for Scotland, playing against Finland.

  • 200th League Appearance

    Airdrie 1 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    United were unchanged for the fifth successive time for this incident packed match with each half lasting 50 minutes. Andy Smith had the ball in the net in the fifth minute, but was promptly ruled off

  • 300th Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Aberdeen
    Scottish Cup (Semi Final)

    Played at Hampden Park, Manager Ivan Golac sprang something of a surprise, by electing to field both Andy McLaren and Jerren Nixon, which meant Gary Bollan dropped down to the bench with Dave Bowman c

  • Last Goal

    Clyde 1 - 5 Dundee United
    Scottish Cup (3rd Round Replay)

    The first ever Scottish Cup tie at Broadwood Stadium ended in an emphatic if slightly flattering victory for the holders. There were surprises in the line-up for the near three thousand supporters who

  • 300th League Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Hearts
    League (Premier Division)

    Pre-match interest centred mainly round the possible appearance of the two Scandinavians in United's side and when the teams were announced the surprise was not the presence of the pair, but the fact

  • 400th Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 1 Kilmarnock
    Scottish Cup (Semi Final Replay)

    Our Scottish Cup hopes were extinguished by Kilmamock who grabbed a late goal to signal an end of the stalemate. Unlike the first meeting, United took a stranglehold on first half proceedings but lack

  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 2 Rangers
    League (Premier Division)

    The final fixture of the season produced a frustrating afternoon for all concerned. Rangers won, but lost the title to Celtic, whilst we could claim to be more than a little hard done to by the eventu

  • Left the Club

    Upon the expiry of his contract, Dave left United to sign for Raith Rovers in the summer of 1998.