Jack Howe

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jack Howe
Personal information
Full name John Robert Howe
Date of birth (1915-10-07)7 October 1915
Place of birth Hartlepool, England
Date of death 5 April 1987(1987-04-05) (aged 71)
Place of death Hartlepool, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1936 Hartlepool United 24 (0)
1936–1950 Derby County 223 (2)
1950–1951 Huddersfield Town 29 (1)
National team
1948–1949 England 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Robert "Jack" Howe (7 October 1915 – 5 April 1987) was a professional footballer who gained three caps for England in the late 1940s.

Playing career[edit]

Jack Howe was one of the best two footed full-backs in Britain. Standing six foot tall, Howe could kick a ball equally hard and accurately with either foot. Signed by George Jobey from the North East, Howe made his debut as Derby were finishing eight points behind champions Sunderland and was a regular until the war when he joined the Cameron Highlanders and guested for Hearts, Falkirk, Aberdeen, and St Mirren. He played for the Scottish League against the British Army and, after service in India, he was demobbed in time to earn an FA Cup winner's medal playing centre-half in the semi-final replay and left back at Wembley. Howe never shirked a tackle, was totally dominant and took over the captaincy when Raich Carter went to Hull in 1948. When Howe received the first of his three England caps, in a memorable 4–0 victory over Italy in Turin, it was considered long overdue. Howe, among Derby's greatest defenders, was one of the first professional sportsmen to wear contact lenses. He was over 40 before he ended his career with Wisbech Town.


His grandson, Steve Fletcher also played professionally and is the record appearance holder with AFC Bournemouth.[1][2]


  1. ^ Somers, Kelly (3 May 2013). "Steve Fletcher: A one club man". AFC Bournemouth. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Steve Fletcher: AFC Bournemouth legend announces retirement". BBC Sport. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2016.