JOR­DAN SEEKING TO HEAD BACK UP

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Char­lie Peat

TRANS­FER dead­line day 2012 is a day that will live long in the mem­ory of Jor­dan Bow­ery when he se­cured the move of his dreams – a move to thenPremier League As­ton Villa.

The striker made the jump af­ter a break­through sea­son with Ch­ester­field but, five years on, the 26-year-old has played in ev­ery di­vi­sion in the Football League.

Just 22 ap­pear­ances at the Vil­lans fol­lowed brief spells at Rother­ham, Brad­ford City, Oxford United and Ley­ton Ori­ent, but Bow­ery is now find­ing his feet again at League Two Crewe Alexan­dra, where he’s bagged five league goals so far this sea­son.

The move to Villa may not have worked out as the for­ward had planned, but that hasn’t stopped the sharp­shooter hop­ing he can still make it back to the up­per ech­e­lons of the league pyra­mid.

Ex­pe­ri­ence

He said: “The move to Villa was a big thing in my life. I was shocked at the time, I didn’t ex­pect it.

“I had a good sea­son with Ch­ester­field, even though we got rel­e­gated. It was a sur­prise, but go­ing there was the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my life.

“I wouldn’t change it for any­thing. It didn’t work out, but the ex­pe­ri­ence was fan­tas­tic and I made some good friends there.

“It was a good point in my ca­reer. When you go into se­nior train­ing and you see the likes of Gabby Ag­bon­la­hor, Dar­ren Bent, Fa­bien Delph, Shay Given, Chris­tian Ben­teke, and I’ve just come from Ch­ester­field. It’s nerve-wrack­ing. But that bond I made with the club was fan­tas­tic.

“I’ve played in ev­ery league at 26.

“I’ve learned every­thing from the places I’ve been. I’m still young enough to go higher.

“Whether that’s League One or Cham­pi­onship, I know I can play higher so I want to prove that point.

“I’ve gone higher be­fore, but I need to show I can do it.”

Con­sis­tency is some­thing Bow­ery ad­mits he needs to find in his game af­ter net­ting just 28 league goals in his ca­reer to date – plus a more re­laxed at­ti­tude.

He said: “What other peo­ple say doesn’t re­ally bother me, but I beat my­self up all the time.

“My dad tells me I’m too hard on my­self – and he’s right. It’s some­thing I need to change and show that it isn’t both­er­ing me.

“It could be a weak­ness, so I need to stop do­ing that and be­lieve in my­self more.”

Bow­ery joined Crewe per­ma­nently in the sum­mer fol­low­ing a loan stint at the club last sea­son, but it hasn’t been plain sail­ing for the Rail­way­men, who find them­selves 19th in the ta­ble.

Con­sis­tent

Yet it’s not all doom and gloom for the marks­man, who feels the squad is good enough to push up the ta­ble. “The team could be in a bet­ter po­si­tion, but we’ve got to keep work­ing,” he said. “We need to get up the ta­ble. “I’m hav­ing a con­sis­tent run in the team and I’m at the age now where I need to be play­ing ev­ery game. “The gaffer (David Artell) gave me that op­por­tu­nity and hope­fully I can keep pro­gress­ing. “From a self­ish point of view, I want to do as well as I can, be­cause I don’t want to be stuck in League Two.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

GOAL GLEE: Jor­dan Bow­ery, left, cel­e­brates scor­ing for Crewe. Inset: In his Villa days

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