Date and Place of Birth
15th June 1986 - BISHOP'S STORTFORD
Transfers to and from Burnley
from IPSWICHTOWN - 9th March 2005 (loan)
returned - 9th May 2005
First and Last Burnley Games
ROTHERHAM UNITED (h) - 12th March 2005
replaced by Michael Duff
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (h) - 30th April 2005
replaced by John Oster
WYCOMBE WANDERERS (loan), BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (loan)
NORTHAMPTON TOWN (loan), BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (loan),
BRENTFORD (loan), YEOVIL TOWN, MK FRANCHISE
Burnley Career Stats
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Profile by Tony Scholes
Dean Bowditch was Steve Cotterill's last loan signing of the 2004/05 season. He moved quickly to bring in the 18-year-old Ipswich front man after he looked all set to move to Oldham on a similar deal. The move was for a month but was extended until the end of the season, although it was never intended that it could become a permanent deal.
Bowditch had been with the academy at Ipswich before progressing through the first team, and that first team debut came just over two years before his move to Burnley whilst still sixteen. He played the last twenty minutes of an East Anglian derby against Norwich, coming on as a substitute for Darren Ambrose.
He scored his first goal early in the following season in a League Cup tie against Kidderminster and got his first start in the next round of the competition, although it was over a year after that Norwich game before he got his first league start against Walsall.
He'd featured heavily in the Ipswich side prior to the loan move but too many of them were from the bench, and he asked to go out on loan to get more first team experience. Burnley it was and during his two months with the club he made ten appearances of which eight of them were starts.
A young player with some pace, but a player who looked far from strong enough for the rigours of Championship football. He netted once for the Clarets, in a home win against Watford, but generally failed to impress whether played as a striker or out wide particularly in games away from home.
His last appearance was in the last home game of the season against Plymouth when he was replaced by John Oster just past the hour and he returned to Ipswich and made one substitute appearance in the play offs.
Since then he's failed to make any impact at Portman Road and has continued to go out on loan without too much success. During the 2005/06 season he spent two months in League Two with Wycombe Wanderers and in 2006/07 season a similar time with Brighton in League One whilst only making the starting line up once.
He returned to Ipswich at the end of December 2006 with a groin injury and didn't featured at all in the first team for the remainder of the season and underwent an operation in June 2007 with the hope of being fit ahead of the 2007/08 season.
Still unable to break into the Ipswich side he made a fourth loan move on 21st November 2007, joining League One club Northampton Town for one month. The deal was extended to two months after which Bowditch opted to return to Ipswich to fight for a place in the first team. He scored twice in seven starts and three substitute appearances.
Three weeks after returning to Portman Road Bowditch was packing his bags again for a temporary move and to somewhere familiar. For the second time he joined Brighton on loan on 11th February 2008 for an initial one month. Injury brought that loan to a premature end and he returned to Ipswich.
On 31st October 2008 he joined Brentford on loan until 10th January 2009 although Ipswich could recall him after the first month. He remained at Griffin Park for three months before returning to Ipswich where he made just one substitute appearance. On 8th May 2009, at the end of his contract, he was released by new Ipswich boss Roy Keane.
At the beginning of July he was invited to Yeovil on trial. He played in all of their pre-season games and won himself a one year deal with the Somerset club which he signed on 30th July 2009. After a season that was disrupted by a dislocated shoulder, he was offered a new deal with Yeovil and opted to remain at Huish Park.
The 2010/11 season proved to be his last with Yeovil. He was their leading goalscorer with 15 league goals but turned down the offer of a new contract and in June 2011 signed for Milton Keynes Franchise.