Name: Rowan Alexander
Date of Birth: 28th January 1961
Place of Birth: Ayr, Scotland
Position: Centre Forward
Signed: June 1983 from Queen of the South (£27,000)
Departed: September 1984 to Brentford (£25,000)
Debut: 14th September 1983 v Feyenoord (0-1)
Final Match: 22nd August 1984 v Clyde (1-0)
Centre forward Rowan Alexander signed for St Mirren from Queen of the South for £27,000 in the summer of 1983 after scoring 69 goals in 136 league matches for the lower league club, and the Ayrshire born striker would join a squad that included attackers such as first team regulars Frank McAvennie and Frank McDougall as well as ‘supersub’ Alan Logan.
Alexander was an athletic player with a rare ability to “hang” in the air making his aerial and heading ability far better than his height would indicate, but the forward could just never break into the side and left the club after one season to English side Brentford for a fee of £25k after the forward had scored three times in 23 matches, with 13 of them starts.
After two years in London, Alexander returned to Renfrewshire when he joined Morton in 1986, where he went onto score 122 times for the Greenock side in 347 matches and is the ‘Tons seventh highest ever scorer. Alexander would finish his playing career by returning to Qos and then joining Gretna where he would eventually become manager and lead the Borders club to the 2006 Scottish Cup final, knocking out Saints in the quarter final, as well as take them from the bottom to top tier, before being sacked prior to them playing in the SPL and folding within a year.