DOB: 6 April, 1878
Died: 27 December 1959
From: Scotch College/Caulfield
After coming to Australia in 1885 as a 7-year-old, Sowden quickly picked up the native game and joined Melbourne in 1899. He was a nippy 5'6" wingman who used stealth, rather than brawn, to get to the ball.
Having played a starring role in the 1900 Semi Final that shockingly put the Redlegs into the Grand Final, an ankle he rolled during the game blew up throughout the week and he was unable to play in the premiership triumph.
Foreign born players
It's not known which country he was born in. Also shown as J. Sowden.
It's likely he didn't play in Round 10, 1900 when listed but might have played the following week when he wasn't.