Port Talbot Town Football Club are sad to announce the passing of club Patron Doug Bowen at the age of 97. Doug has been a familiar and popular face at Victoria Road for the best part of the last 70 years, and the legacy of his long service will remain for many more years to come.
Following a spell at Swansea City, Doug joined Port Talbot Athletic after the Second World War as a player as football in the town began to re-establish itself. But his passion for the game extended beyond his service on the field, and the team captain became a driving force in developing the spare land at Victoria Road that would become the club’s home, and remains so today.
When his playing career came to an end, Doug remained as a dedicated servant to the club, holding a wide variety of positions including Secretary, Director and President, before holding his last title of Patron in his final years. Demanding high standards both on and off the field, Doug’s dedication to the club was unwavering and unmatched, taking each and every challenge in his long stride.
Although ill health prevented his regular visits to the club in his later years, Doug rarely missed a home game for more than half a century. Taking his place on the grass bank, it offered the perfect viewpoint to assess the different generations of players that he witnessed representing his club, while enjoying the continuous improvements that had been made on the patch of land he claimed and developed after the war.
As his approached his 90th birthday, nobody associated with the club was prouder than Doug to see his team reach the Welsh Cup final in 2009/10, and qualify for the UEFA Europa League in 2010/11. Playing the home leg of the European tie against TPS Turku of Finland at the very same ground that he and his band of volunteers first built from scratch more than 60 years before was a deserved reward for his commitment to the club.
His funeral will take place at Margam Crematorium on Friday, 4th October at 9.30am.