The following article appeared in the Pilks Recs programme for the game against Milford Marlins in2019. Although it obviously has a Recs slant, it does provide further details of Mike’s rugby leaguecareer
Anyone who watched the Recs in the early 1980s will remember Mick Bowes, aforceful forward, in the front or back row, he was equally at home, who looked to be heading for afine career at professional level with his home town club, before injury kicked in. This is his story, inhis own words
Being involved with Pilks Recs, as I did so from leaving school was a greathonour. As you may know I began my rugby career at Rivington High School, with the great JohnMantle, who later coached Pilks at one stage, as our teacher and coach, playing with both NeilHolding and Tommy Frodsham amongst others. We had a great five years and only lost twice, I think,which was awesome at the time.
Following on from that I did my time in the under 17s, inthe 1970s. Then in the early 1980s I broke into the first team, playing with the likes of Sid Wright,John Mc Cabe, Kenny Cross, Kevin Whittle, Denis Litherland, Rufus Hill, Geoff Gormley, RockyFairhurst, Ian Lea, Brian Harvey, Billy Simmons, Dave Arthur Manning to name but a few. They, atthe time, were establishing themselves as the most prominent force in amateur rugby and it wasgreat to get invited into that set up. As you know I represented Lancashire at that level and obtaineda winners medal in the Barla National Cup albeit getting sent off after a brawl towards the latter endof the match in Blackpool.
Another great honour was to sign at St Helens RFC in 1982. Thisis every St Helens lad's dream really, to represent the town. I unfortunately had a couple of injurieswhich blighted my career, but I really enjoyed my time there under the guidance of Billy Benyon,playing with the likes of Harry Pinner, Chris Arkwright, Neil Holding, Mel James, Peter Gorley toname but a few and turning out at Elland Road with the great Mal Meninga. I stayed with the clubuntil injury forced its hand and left in 1985 after having a major operation on my back, a spinalfusion.
After that I had to prove it to myself that the operation was a success so I turnedout once again for Pilks at City Road before joining the Police in 1987, where I enjoyed anunblemished career, leaving there after retirement in 2016. I now work for the Police as a civilianpassing on my experience and dealing with victims of Domestic abuse.
Mick, who won two Lancashire combination titles with the Saints, still retains an interest in matters rugby league and is amember of St Helens RFC Players Association.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|22nd May 1983||
|7th Aug 1983||
|10th Aug 1983||
|10||Widnes *||Fr Testimonial||1983~84||H||44||20||VIEW|
|14th Aug 1983||
|15||Oldham*||Fr Ward Cup||1983~84||A||32||10||VIEW|
|18th Sep 1983||
|29th Jul 1984||
|8||Barrow *||Fr Benefit||1984~85||A||10||19||VIEW|
|26th Aug 1984||
|16||Oldham*||Fr Ward Cup||1984~85||H||38||4||VIEW|
|14th Oct 1984||
|17th Oct 1984||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 6 | LOSSES : 2 | DRAWS : 1|
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