Cowley during his Carlton career
|Full name||Ernest Clyde Cowley|
|Date of birth||17 August 1892|
|Date of death||20 October 1975 83)(aged|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1919.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Cowley came to Carlton from Brunswick and had a strong debut season, kicking 35 goals to top the VFL's goalkicking. He played just one more year with Carlton before returning to the VFA where he joined Prahran. Cowley was also a proficient baseball pitcher who represented Victoria in interstate competition.
Cowley invented the football game called "Austus", a combination of Australian and American football which was played between Australians and visiting American servicemen during World War II. He was a journalist with the Sporting Globe and wrote on American sports, particularly baseball.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ern Cowley.|
- Ern Cowley's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.