Kyle Rowley | defence












6ft 2"



A defender comfortable at either centre back or right-back, who joined the Pitmen for a third spell in October 2020 from Midland Football League side Walsall Wood

A former trainee at Walsall, Rowley signed as a first-year professional at the Banks' Stadium in the summer of 2014, making several appearances the following season for the Saddlers reserve team. At the start of the 2015-2016 campaign, Rowley was loaned to Evo-Stik Division One South high-flyers Sutton Coldfield Town for a month. This loan was extended for a further two months at the end of September 2015, with Rowley making fourteen appearances at Coles Lane

After returning to Walsall, Rowley was released by the club by mutual consent in March 2016. He linked up with Sutton Coldfield once more for a portion of the Royals' pre-season programme, before joining the Pitmen three games into the new season


 After a couple of starts under Liam McDonald and a short spell at Coleshill Town on dual registration, Rowley was allowed to join Rugby Town on a permanent deal in October, joining his brother Mason at Butlin Road. After ten games in the Valley, Rowley returned to Keys Park after former Coleshill boss Paul Casey had taken over from McDonald as Hednesford manager. His second spell at the club was also a brief one, as he fell out of favour upon the arrivals of both Dan Brenan and Gavin Caines and re-joined Rugby Town in January 2017

Rowley agreed a new deal to remain at the Valley Stadium in the summer of 2017, but dropped out of favour at the start of the new season and linked up with Midland Football League Division One side Walsall Wood in October 2017. He was a regular starter under ex-Hednesford manager Gary Birch as Wood as he and the raft of ex-Hednesford players at Oak Park swept to the league title in May 2018

Darren Byfield took over as manager at Walsall Wood in the summer of 2018 and oversaw a title challenge at step five at the first time of asking, with Rowley an ever-present during the 2018-2019 season as Wood missed out on the title on the final day of the season to Ilkeston Town

The summer of 2019 saw Rowley trial for Yeovil Town as he looked to get back into the professional game but instead ended up following Byfield to Southern Premier League Central side Alvechurch in June 2019. Alongside several ex-Walsall Wood team-mates, Rowley and Alvechurch struggled at the start of the new season and Byfield left the club after a poor run of results

Rowley elected to make the move to local rivals Stratford Town in October 2019, playing for Stratford until the season's curtailment in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic

In the summer of 2020, Rowley re-joined Walsall Wood ahead of the new season and made ten appearances for them before re-joining the Pitmen for a third spell in October 2020. The season was cut short soon after his arrival as the pandemic voided the season in early 2021

Rowley followed most of his team-mates from the previous season in signing a new deal with the club in June 2021

* Denotes playing records removed after the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons were voided due to coronavirus pandemic