John McDowell, was born on 5th September 1951, East Ham, London and played for both West Ham United and Norwich City during his professional playing career.
McDowell began his career as an apprentice with Hammers youth team and made an appearance for the England youth side before playing 13 international matches at under-23 level between 1972-74.
McDowell was a Hammers first team regular for almost 10 years at right back after Bonds switched to midfield. Making his league debut in October 1970 against Blackpool McDowell made 249 appearances for the Hammers, scoring 8 goals.
Versatile and talented defender who was powerful in the tackle, McDowell formed a central defensive partnership with Frank Lampard until John suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss most of the 1976-77 season. Failure to secure a regular, first team spot after this injury led to a £20,000 transfer to Norwich for whom he made 45 appearances, scoring once.