3Born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Dave Bowman kicked off his football life at Salvesen Boys Club in Edinburgh. After impressing as a youth, Dave was signed by Heart of Midlothian in the summer of 1980. After four years and over 100 appearances for Hearts, Bowman moved back South to join Coventry City. On the eve of the 1986/87 season, Dundee United completed one of their finest transfer coups ever with a unique in and out double move involving Hibs and Coventry City. Stuart Beedie and Billy Kirkwood left United to sign for Hibs and within a few hours Jim McLean announced a double signing from Coventry, with Dave Bowman and Jim McInally arriving at Tannadice for the same fee that was received from Easter Road.
It was at United where Dave realised his potential, collecting medals and international caps during 12 fantastic years in the first team. In his first season at Tannadice, Dave was a regular in the side that marched through to the UEFA Cup final. He picked up a runners-up medal from the two-legged final with Gothenburg, as he did in the Scottish Cup that same year. There were two further Scottish Cup runners-up medals added to his collection in 1988 and 1991 before he was part of the Hoodoo bursting team of 1994 that stopped Rangers winning a treble and won the Scottish Cup for the first time in Dundee United’s history.
Dave went on to make 429 appearances for United and the passion he displayed for the Club over a dozen years endeared him to the fans. Dave played for Scotland at schools, youth and Under-21 level and after five years at Tannadice, he gained full international recognition, winning his first cap in a friendly against Finland at Hampden in March 1992. Bowman made the squad for the Euro Championships in Sweden in 1992, but never played. In 1993 he made a return to the Scotland team, playing in the 1-0 friendly defeat to Germany at Ibrox, and three World Cup qualifier matches, his 6th and last cap being against Italy in Rome.
In 1998, following this successful period at United which included a testimonial three years prior, Dave moved on to Raith Rovers. After a short spell in Kirkcaldy, he moved again, this time to Forfar. Dave was able to combine his part-time football with Forfar and take up a coaching role back at United. He continued at Tannadice until 2006 when he left to pursue roles at Livingston and then Dundee. He returned to Tannadice for a third time in 2007 as a Community Coach. In 2015, he took temporary charge of the first team in the wake of Jackie McNamara’s departure from the club. Dave is now performing the role of Development Squad Assistant Manager.