Rather unsurprisingly, Mansfield Town were the first club to announce a summer signing yesterday with the arrival of former Crewe striker Jordan Bowery.
The Stags are often at the forefront of League Two’s major transfer business and they were the first to announce a significant capture by announcing Bowery, son of former Nottingham Forest striker Bert, following his release from MK Dons. In past seasons, the Stags have spent well and although chairman John Radford is advocating a salary cap, they appear to be looking to take early advantage of the current crisis by snapping up talent.
The 28-year-old scored just two goals in 22 appearances for MK Dons after leaving Crewe last summer. He bagged 20 league goals in 89 games for the Railwaymen, but had been something a journeyman prior to settling at Gresty Road. A former Chesterfield trainee, Bowery has previously had spells at Aston Villa, Rotherham United, Doncaster, Leyton Orient, Bradford City and Oxford United.
His most prolific spell was at the Kassam, where he netted seven times in 17 league outings during a loan spell. The lack of goals, plus the uninspiring stint with MK has led to supporters taking to Twitter, both to express their displeasure at his time at Stadium Mk and to give their concerns to Stags fans, as you’ll see below.
Comfortably up there with some of the worst strikers we’ve ever had. Have fun with him lads.
— Connor (@connorjl_) June 22, 2020
Seen him play for Villa, Crewe, Doncaster and MK Dons and he’s one of the worst strikers I’ve ever seen in my life. Way better affordable strikers out there, even in non league. ???♂️
— J Howard (@thejayhowardd) June 22, 2020
This is the real life person of the Carslberg football player advert ????
— michael dalgarno (@dalgs971) June 22, 2020
Let’s hope he’s not looking at this feed ?
— Pete (@1985Pete) June 22, 2020
47 goals in 310 games
— John Stevenson (@StevoJW) June 22, 2020
Lol donkey of a striker. When was with us (Crewe) good luck
— carl foxley (@foxleyc) June 22, 2020
Garbage ? ??
— ashley wheatcroft (@ashleywheatcro1) June 22, 2020
What an absolute fraud!!
— Gavin Foster (@gavinfoster1989) June 22, 2020
What? No pickup from the airport in the open top Bentley? No cringey video? Highly disappointing.
— Paul Day (@giltbrookpie) June 22, 2020