|Birth name||Benjamin John Bowen|
|Date of birth||second ¼ 1915|
|Place of birth||Llanelli, Wales|
|Date of death||26 February 2009 (aged 93)|
|Place of death||Wigan, England|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
Benjamin John "Jack"/"Jackie" Bowen (birth registered second ¼ 1915 – 26 February 2009) was a Welsh rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1930s and 1940s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Llanelli, and representative rugby league for Wales, and at club level for Wigan (Heritage No. 417), and Leigh (where he scored seven tries), (Heritage No. 576), and represented the Welsh league team.
Bowen was born Llanelli, Wales, he was the first ever landlord of The Wellfield Hotel public house in the middle of the then new Beech Hill housing estate in Wigan, and he died aged 93 in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.
Bowen first played first-class rugby for Llanelli, and was on the brink of winning his first cap for the Welsh union team when he switched to league. Bowen was a trialist in 1938 and managed to play in front of the selectors on the side of the 'Probables', but on leaving the field he was approached by officials from Wigan. The club offered him a ten-year contract, and when Bowen accepted he severed his links from the union code by becoming professional. Bowen changed rugby football codes from rugby union to rugby league when he transferred to Wigan, but with the outbreak of World War II he joined the British Armed Forces becoming a member of the Welsh Guards. Jackie Bowen played loose forward in Wigan's 10–7 victory over Salford in the 1938–39 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1938–39 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 22 October 1938. After the war he returned to Wigan, and in 1945 he won his first international cap in a game against England.
Jackie Bowen played loose forward in Wigan's 13–9 victory over Dewsbury in the Championship Final first-leg during the 1943–44 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 13 May 1944, and played loose forward in the 12–5 victory over Dewsbury in the Championship Final second-leg during the 1943–44 season at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury on Saturday 20 May 1944.
Bowen settled in Wigan, becoming a publican in the city, and marrying local girl Phyllis Brown , they had children; Benjamin J. Keith Bowen (birth registered during fourth ¼ 1941 (age 79–80) in Ince district), and Margaret A. Bowen (birth registered during third ¼ 1943 (age 77–78) in Ince district).
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