Forres say farewell to top keeper Mark Bowden

Keeper Mark Bowden said his cheerios to Forres Mechanics as he moved down south with my family.  He reflected back on his successful spell at Forres and told us about his highlights during his time at the Can Cans.

 Bowden who has been a well known character in RAF Football circles for a number of years. He is one of only a handful of Officers ever to have made the Inter-Services Squad for the Senior Representative Team.


He said: “My highlights have to include the North of Scotland Cup penalty shout out win over Lossiemouth this season where I saved two spot kicks.

“Another highlight was saving a penalty against former Inverness Striker Billy McKay in pre season. I was also chuffed to have been awarded the Man of the match versus Buckie.

“The best player I have played against during my spell at Forres is Fraserburgh’s Scott Barbour.”


Footballing dressing teams are always filled with funny characters. Bowden added: “The funniest guy in the dressing room was Duncan Jones as he had a very dry sense of humour if that’s what you call humour.”

He played under Charles Rowley for the Mechanics. He said: ” Charlie Rowley is well-respected in the league and it was good to work with his whole coaching team including Russell McPhee and Charlie Brown.”

He added: “Every save I have made were all the most important at that certain time. If I didn’t play football I’d be a bit better at golf or bored.”


Who’s the best player you have played with?

The best player I have played with at Forres has to be Kyle Scott due to his effortless class.

Finally, are you planning to still play football else where?

I am planning to play down South but not until next season. No firm decision on clubs yet.

In a game where Buckie defeated Forres 2-0, Bowden produced a tremendous display to prevent a complete humiliating.
He’s a big loss to the Highland League If he plays down south, any club who gets their hands on him they should appreciate his work rate and talent.

Farewell Mark and all the best for the future.

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