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Former Bangor High footballer signs professional contract with Scottish side

Andrew Barrowman is starting to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional football player, but his path from Bangor High School star to a new contract with Scotland’s Cowdenbeath FC has been rocky.

Barrowman, 23, was on track to achieve some professional stability after signing with fellow Scottish side Airdrieonians FC for the 2019-20 season and playing with the club’s reserve side.

The central midfielder caught the eye with his early play, scoring four goals in a game and earning a place on the club’s first-team bench. Then COVID-19 intervened.

“Our season was canceled and I had to go home,” he said. “It was a hard pill to swallow and it was frustrating, but the experiences I had when I got back were amazing.”

These included spending time with family, helping a friend renovate the Travel Lodge on Odlin Road in Bangor and interning with Bangor Natural Gas Co. under his father Andrew, Sales and Marketing Manager of the business.

The elder Barrowman, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, played professional football in his home country as well as England and in the late 1970s with the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League.

“I didn’t let the pandemic get me down because I knew I had the talent to pitch when the doors were open again,” young Barrowman said, “but I was naive about how long it would take. would really take and how many hurdles I would have to overcome to get back into the professional circuits.

It took almost two years to overcome these obstacles. Barrowman eventually returned to the UK last September and joined English club Yeovil Town FC.

After a long trial period, he was asked to join the team in January when the transfer window opened for international players to change squads, but Barrowman’s agent received a call earlier from Maurice Ross, a well-known Scottish player and the new coach of Cowdenbeath.

“He liked my CV, my images and my style of play in training, so they offered me a contract and the opportunity to have a lot of professional minutes under my belt,” Barrowman said.

Barrowman signed with Cowdenbeath this week and is expected to join the side as they enter the second half of their season in League Two, the fourth tier of the Scottish Professional Football League. Cowdenbeath are currently in 10th and bottom place with a 2-12-4 record going into Saturday’s game against Annan Athletic FC (10-6-3) and are in danger of relegation.

Barrowman is hoping to make his debut for his new side in this game with club history on the line.

“At 23, I now have the opportunity to play a ton of professional minutes and work under an important figure in Scottish football,” he said.

Barrowman’s ultimate goals are to reach the top level of European football and emerge in the US national team picture, but he is also taking online business courses through the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Bangor remains an ongoing stop on his football journeys. His family has a camp in Plymouth. Barrowman played at Bangor High School in 2013 and was named to the Eastern Maine All-Star Team after helping the Rams reach the Class A Regional Semifinals and also played for the East Maine team. Seacoast United club while living in Maine.

He joined the New England Revolution under-16 development team in 2014 and moved to Marshfield, Massachusetts, to live with his mother in order to attend school in the fall near the stadium complex. team training at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Barrowman made 36 appearances, including 26 starts, overall in his first season with the Revs’ developmental program. He played 34 games for the Revs Under-16 side and had nine goals and three assists, and made two appearances for the Under-18s. He also spent a week training with the United States Men’s U-17 National Team.

Barrowman then accepted a scholarship to play NCAA Division I football at the University of Massachusetts, but ultimately chose to pursue his professional dreams, ending up in Europe after the change of coaches with the Revs.

“After being in the Revs first team picture, playing with guys like [former U.S. men’s national team star] Jermaine Jones and playing at Gillette Stadium every week, I knew I had to take it to the next level,” he said.