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.