Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire born centre forward Harry Bowl began his career with Clanfield in 1931, and then moved to Stanford in the Vale in 1932, from where he was signed by Swindon Town in 1933, making his Football League debut at Charlton Athletic in May 1934. He made 50 appearances for the club in two years, scoring 11 goals. In May 1936 he joined Blackpool but played two League games for the Seasiders, scoring once.
Described as “a bustling leader, holds the line well together and uses his exceptional strength in wearing down the opposition… noted for his terrific bursts down the middle”, he signed for Exeter City in July 1937, for whom he made 86 appearances and scored 43 goals, top scoring for the club in both 1937-38 and 1938-39 before the Second World War interrupted domestic football.
After finishing his professional career at Lancaster Town in 1946 he was given a permit by the FA to allow him to play for Clanfield as an ex-professional, and he also played for Galgate in 1950.