Jimmy Cowan, 1926 - 1968. Footballer
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Jimmy Cowan, 1926 - 1968. Footballer 2003
  • Scottish Art
James Clews Cowan started his career as a goalkeeper at St Mirren, but signed for Greenock Morton in May 1944. During his time at Morton he was selected for the Scottish side 25 times, winning every single match. When Morton were relegated to the second division, Cowan retained his position as the Scotland keeper. He moved to Sunderland in June 1953 and finished his career at Third Lanark. Cowan gained legendary status when, aged only 23, he made a series of outstanding saves during the England-Scotland match played at Wembley in 1949. Scotland went on to win 3-1, and afterwards the game was often referred to as ‘Cowan’s match’. Sports journalist Hugh Taylor famously called him ‘The Prince of Goalkeepers’, praising him for his heroism and skill, but above all for his reliability.


  • Acc. No. PG 3336
  • Medium Mixed media on paper
  • Size 174.00 x 108.00 cm
  • Credit Commissioned 2003