Steve Howey (footballer)

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Steve Howey
Personal information
Full name Steven Norman Howey[1]
Date of birth (1971-10-26) 26 October 1971 (age 51)[2]
Place of birth Sunderland, England[2]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Position(s) Centre back[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–2000 Newcastle United 191 (6)
2000–2003 Manchester City 94 (11)
2003–2004 Leicester City 13 (1)
2004 Bolton Wanderers 3 (0)
2004 New England Revolution 3 (0)
2005 Hartlepool United 1 (0)
2010 Bishop Auckland
Total 305 (18)
International career
1994–1996 England 4 (0)
Management career
2006 Crook Town
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Steven Norman Howey (born 26 October 1971) is an English football coach, former professional footballer and sports radio presenter.

As a player, he was a centre back who notably played in the Premier League for Newcastle United, Manchester City, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers, before winding up his career with brief stings in the MLS with New England Revolution and in the Football League with Hartlepool United. He was capped four times by England and was part of the Euro 96 squad.[4][5]

Following the end of his playing days, Howey had a brief spell in charge of non-league side Crook Town before coming out of retirement to play for Bishop Auckland whilst serving as a coach. He has since worked as a sports radio presenter for Total Sport and BBC Radio Newcastle.[6]

Club career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Howey started his career with Newcastle United signing a professional contract on 11 December 1989. At first he was playing in the striker position for the youth and reserve teams until Ossie Ardiles conceived the idea of moving him from the attack back into the defence.[7] Howey was an important part of Kevin Keegan's First Division championship winning side in 1992/93, winning promotion to the Premier League. Once promoted, Howey continued to be a first-choice centre back but was often missing through injury. During Howey's time at Newcastle they were Premier League runner-up twice in 1995/96 and 1996/97 in addition to FA Cup runner-up in 1997/98 and 1998/99. Howey is still a very popular figure in Newcastle as part of a successful influx from Newcastle's youth academy which also included Steve Watson, Robbie Elliott and Lee Clark.[citation needed]

Manchester City[edit]

In August 2000 newly promoted Man City paid Newcastle £2,000,000 for him. His debut came in a 4–0 defeat to Charlton setting the tone for a disappointing season which saw Man City relegated. Howey remained at Man City the following season as part of the team which secured an immediate return to the Premier League as First Division champions. One last season at Man City saw Howey contribute to a top half finish and comfortable survival. In his three seasons with Man City Howey scored 11 goals. A highlight of his time at Manchester City was scoring a late equaliser against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, in a game more remembered for the clash between Roy Keane and Alfie Haaland.[8]

Later career[edit]

A £200,000 move to Leicester City followed however after six months Howey moved on to Bolton. Less than five months and only three appearances later Howey was released. A short spell with New England Revolution in Major League Soccer followed before a final professional appearance with Hartlepool United brought down the curtain on his sixteen-year professional career.[9]

International career[edit]

Howey earned four caps for England, starting all four matches.[10] He made his debut in the 1–0 win against Nigeria at Wembley Stadium in November 1994.[10][11] He won caps in the draws with Colombia[12] and Portugal[13] in 1995 before making his final appearance in the 1–0 victory over Bulgaria in March 1996.[10][14] Howey was called up to the England squad for Euro 96,[15] and was an unused substitute in the first match against Switzerland,[16] but was not fit enough to be on the team sheet for the remaining four matches.[17] He was never called up to the full squad again.[10]

Managerial career[edit]

Howey had a short, unsuccessful spell as Manager of Crook Town, taking the helm in September 2006 and resigning just two months later after a poor run of results. He followed this with a spell as a Youth Team Coach at Middlesbrough before making a playing return with National League side Bishop Auckland who he also served in a coaching capacity. Steve Howey become a coach at East Durham College Football Development Centre in 2007 and become Head Coach in 2010.[citation needed]

Media career[edit]

Howey has worked as a presenter for Total Sport and BBC Radio Newcastle.[18]

In 2019 and 2020, Howey featured in both seasons of ITV show Harry's Heroes, which featured former football manager Harry Redknapp attempting get a squad of former England international footballers back fit and healthy for a game against Germany legends.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Howey co-presented Total Sport on BBC Newcastle with Marco Gabbiadini and Simon Pryde.[when?] His brother Lee was also a footballer, principally with Newcastle's rivals Sunderland.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

Newcastle United

Manchester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Howey". England Football Online. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Steve Howey". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Steve Howey: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Steve Howey". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Steve Howey". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Where Are They Now? | Footballers | Steve Howey".
  7. ^ "The day Steve Howey moved to centre-back". ChronicleLive. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Man City hold Man Utd". BBC. 21 April 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  9. ^ "H". All Time MLS Player Registry. Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on 17 February 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  10. ^ a b c d Naylor, Davey. "Stephen Norman Howey". EnglandStats.com. England International Database 1872−2020. Archived from the original on 28 April 2020. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  11. ^ Naylor, Davey (16 November 1994). "England 1−0 Nigeria". EnglandStats.com. England International Database 1872−2020. Archived from the original on 28 April 2020. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  12. ^ Moore, Glenn (7 September 1995). "England foiled by stubborn Colombia". The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media. Archived from the original on 27 July 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  13. ^ Moore, Glenn (13 December 1995). "Portugal draw England into the real world". The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  14. ^ Moore, Glenn (28 March 1996). "Ferdinand rewards energetic England". The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  15. ^ Moore, Glenn (29 May 1996). "Football: Lee the victim of Venables' Catch 22". The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media. Archived from the original on 8 July 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  16. ^ "England 1−1 Switzerland". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 8 June 1996. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  17. ^ Duxbury, Nick (12 June 1996). "Venables troubled by 'treason' and Howey". The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media. Archived from the original on 15 September 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Where Are They Now? | Footballers | Steve Howey".
  19. ^ https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/tv/who-harrys-heroes-footballers-ages-15991477

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