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Don Howe

West Bromwich Albion FC

23 appearances, 0 goals

P 23 W 8 D 8 L 7 F 49: A 36
52% successful

1956-59

captain: none
minutes played:
2070

Timeline

  Donald Howe
Birth 12 October 1935 in Springfield, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire [registered in Wolverhampton, December 1935].
Marriage to Pauline G. Cooper [registered in Wolverhampton, June 1959].
Death 23 December 2015 in Billericay, Essex, aged 80 years 72 days. Left £43,258 in his will
Funeral 3.00pm, Friday, 15 January 2016, at Bentley Crematorium, Brentwood.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Club Career

Club(s) Began his football career playing schoolboy in his hometown of Wolverhampton. He was signed by West Bromwich Albion FC as an amateur in December 1950, signing a professional contract in November 1952. After 342 league outings, in which he scored seventeen goals, in April 1964, Arsenal FC paid a transfer fee of £45,000, a British record fee for a full-back. However, a broken leg in March 1966 forced his retirement from playing.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (six appearances)
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 11", 10st. 13lbs [1959].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career



Club(s)
After his untimely retirement from the playing field, Howe joined the coaching staff at his club, Arsenal FC. Under Bertie Mee, he was the reserve team coach. He became the Chief Coach in November 1967 in place of Dave Sexton and then the assistant manager in March 1969. His former club, West Bromwich Albion FC offered Howe the manager's chair in July 1971, a job duly accepted and held until April 1975. Turkish club Galatasaray utilised his coaching in the 1975 summer, but a return to England and Leeds United AFC where he had accepted a coaching role in October 1975. In August 1977, Howe returned to Arsenal FC as coach for Terry Neil, becoming caretaker manager on 16 December 1983, and manager on 28 April 1984 until his resignation on 22 March 1986. After which he joined Wimbledon FC in August 1987, to become their assistant manager. He also coached the England team for Ron Greenwood in 1981, and for Bobby Robson's entire tenure. Howe became manager at Queen's Park Rangers FC from November 1989 until his sacking on 21 May 1991. Afterwhich he became Terry Butcher's assistant at Coventry City FC, until Butcher was sacked and Howe was in charge in January 1992. Howe resigned in the summer. After coaching the England team under Terry Venables, he returned as youth team coach at Arsenal FC. He retired in summer 2003.
Club honours None
Individual honours LMA Special Merit Award 2003-04;

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 761st players (762) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
First match No. 315, 19 October 1957, Wales 0 England 4, a British Championship match at Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, aged 22 years 7 days.
Last match No. 337, 18 November 1959, England 2 Northern Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 24 years 37 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1958;
British Championship
1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60;
Team honours British Championship shared 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60;
Individual honours England U23 (six appearances, 1956-58), England B (one appearance, February 1957).
Distinctions Has he took the field to win his third appearance on 27 November 1957, it had just been revealed to Howe that his mother had died in Wolverhampton.
Died fifteen days after Alan Hodgkinson.

Beyond England

Regarded as the being one of the best coaches in the modern era. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.137.


The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps unused/
reserve
minutes captain
23 23 12 four 2070 0 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
23 8 8 7 49 36 +13 4 6 2.13 1.565 52.2 +1

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 9 5 2 2 22 12 +10 0 3 2.444 1.333 66.7 +3
Away 10 3 3 4 23 19 +4 2 2 2.30 1.90 45.0 -1
Neutral 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 2 1 1.00 1.20 37.5 -1

Shirt Record

Colour P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 22 8 8 6 48 32 +16 4 6 2.182 1.455 54.5 +2
Blue 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3 0 0 1.00 4.00 0.00 -1

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
WCF 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 2 1 1.00 1.20 37.5 -1
World Cup 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 2 1 1.00 1.20 37.5 -1
British Championship 8 4 3 1 19 10 +9 0 3 2.375 1.25 68.8 +3
Friendly 11 4 2 5 26 21 +5 2 2 2.364 1.909 45.5 -1

Tournament Record

World Cup Final Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1958 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 2 1 1.00 1.20 37.5 -1
WCF All 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 2 1 1.00 1.20 37.5 -1

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1957-58 3 2 0 1 10 3 +7 0 2 3.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1958-59 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 0 1 2.00 1.667 66.7 +1
BC 1959-60 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 0 0 1.50 1.00 75.0 +1
BC All 8 4 3 1 19 10 +9 0 3 2.375 1.25 68.8 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 2 1 1.00 1.20 37.5 -1
BC 8 4 3 1 19 10 +9 0 3 2.375 1.25 68.8 +3
12 4 6 2 23 15 +8 2 4 1.917 1.25 58.3 +2

Match History

  
Age 20 under 23  
one appearance - Scotland February 1956

Age 21  
one appearance - France October 1956


 Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - 23 full appearances (2070 min) manager: Walter Winterbottom - 23 full appearances (2070 min)x

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

309 28 November 1956 - England 3 Yugoslavia 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW unused sub
   

B  
one appearance - Scotland 6 February 1957
under 23  
two appearances - Scotland 26 February 1957, Bulgaria September 1957

Age 22
1 315 19 October 1957 - Wales 0 England 4
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AW   2

one of three who became the 761st player (762) to appear for England.
the 32nd West Bromwich Albion player to represent England

2 316 6 November 1957 - England 2 Northern Ireland 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HL   2
3 317 27 November 1957 - England 4 France 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   2

under 23  
one appearance - Scotland January 1958

4 318 19 April 1958 - Scotland 0 England 4
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AW   2
under 23  
one appearance - Wales ᶜ 23 April 1958

5 319 7 May 1958 - England 2 Portugal 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   2
6 320 11 May 1958 - Yugoslavia 5 England 0
Stadion JNA, Beograd

tour
AL   2
7 321 18 May 1958 - USSR 1 England 1
Lenin Stadium, Moskva
AD   2
 
WCF
right back 2x
8 322 8 June 1958 - England 2 USSR 2
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg
ND  
9 323 11 June 1958 - Brazil 0 England 0
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg
ND  
10 324 15 June 1958 - Austria 2 England 2
Ryavallen Stadion, Borås
ND  
11 325 17 June 1958 - USSR 1 England 0
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg
NL  
12 326 4 October 1958 - Northern Ireland 3 England 3
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AD   2

Age 23
13 327 22 October 1958 - England 5 USSR 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   2
14 328 26 November 1958 - England 2 Wales 2
Villa Park, Birmingham
BC HD   2
15 329 11 April 1959 - England 1 Scotland 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   2
16 330 6 May 1959 - England 2 Italy 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD   2
17 331 13 May 1959 - Brazil 2 England 0
Estádio Municipal, Rio

tour
AL   2
18 332 17 May 1959 - Peru 4 England 1
Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima
AL   2
19 333 24 May 1959 - Mexico 2 England 1
Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
AL   2
20 334 28 May 1959 - United States 1 England 8
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles
AW   2

the 31st player to make twenty England appearances

Age 24
21 335 17 October 1959 - Wales 1 England 1
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AD   2
22 336 28 October 1959 - England 2 Sweden 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HL   2
23 337 18 November 1959 - England 2 Northern Ireland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   2
  
339 11 May 1960 - England 3 Yugoslavia 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD reserve
340 15 May 1960 - Spain 3 England 0, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid tour AL
341 22 May 1960 - Hungary 2 England 0, Népstadion, Budapest   AL
  


  

 
 
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