Don Howe

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Don Howe
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Personal information
Full name Donald Howe
Date of birth (1935-10-12)12 October 1935
Place of birth Springfield, Wolverhampton, England
Date of death 23 December 2015(2015-12-23) (aged 80)
Playing position Right Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1964 West Bromwich Albion 342 (17)
1964–1966 Arsenal 70 (1)
National team
1957–1959 England 23 (0)
Teams managed
1971–1975 West Bromwich Albion
1975–1976 Galatasaray SK
1983–1986 Arsenal
1989–1991 Queens Park Rangers
1992 Coventry City (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Donald "Don" Howe (12 October 1935 – 23 December 2015) was an English football player, coach, manager and pundit. He was born in the Springfield area of Wolverhampton.

Career[change | change source]

Howe spent most of his playing career at West Bromwich Albion. Howe joined the West Bromwich Albion ground staff after leaving school,[1] joining the club as a youth player in December 1950. He turned professional in November 1952, but did not make his debut until 1955, against Everton.[2]

A full back, he played nearly 350 games for the Baggies in twelve years, as well as becoming a regular in the England team; he played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup, and won 23 caps in total.[3]

Howe was signed by Billy Wright's Arsenal in 1964, and was made club captain. However, in March 1966 he broke his leg playing against Blackpool and never recovered well enough to play in the first team again.

Later life[change | change source]

Howe retired from coaching in the summer of 2003 after more than 30 years. He occasionally wrote as a pundit for the BBC Sport website. He also had a regular column in the official Arsenal magazine. Right up until his death he ran youth coaching schemes across the United Kingdom.

Howe died, aged 80, in December 2015.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Soccer Who's Who compiled by Maurice Golesworthy Sportsmans Book Club London 1965
  2. Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 117. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Don Howe: Former Arsenal and England coach dies aged 80". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

Other websites[change | change source]

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