The 1904 Cartoon of QPR Club Secretary John Bowman

Posted on by Steve Russell

Ernest Batchelor of 84, Chaplin Road, Willesden, was awarded one guinea for winning a weekly newspaper competition in 1904. The announcement was made in the Athletic News on 11th April 1904:

Last week’s competition, which brought a shoal of drawings, has resulted in the prize of one guinea being awarded to:

Ernest Batchelor, 84, Chaplin Road, Willesden, London, NW, for a cartoon showing Bowman, the match secretary of the Queen’s Park Rangers, leaving his nest at Kensal Rise for Park Royal. Thus:

Earlier, John Bowman had played for the Rangers and made his debut on 7th September 1901. He went on to make 110 appearances for the QPR 1st team, and scored two goals.

John then became the Club Secretary in 1903 and after two years, he moved on to manage Norwich City.

He later returned to become a QPR Director and John even managed the Club for eight months in 1931, until ill health forced him to resign.

John also ran a Sports Shop at 7, Park Parade in Harlesden for many years.

Steve Russell

(My thanks to Colin Woodley for his assistance)



2 Responses to The 1904 Cartoon of QPR Club Secretary John Bowman

  1. Kerrins says:

    That really is a unique picture!

    Interesting article

  2. ESSEXURs aka Colin Woodley says:

    Mr Batchelor also won a prize at the time for a Luton/Fulham game cartoon but so far I have not discovered any further Rs entries.


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