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Player Details : Pat Howard
Demographic Information
Name Pat Howard
Date of Birth07/10/1947
Place of BirthDodworth, Barnsley, England
PositionCentral Defence
Newcastle Statistics
Years 1971 - 1976
Debut:18/09/1971 - Wolverhampton Wanderers [H] --- (W 2-0)
Appearances:259   [Starts: 257,  Subs: 2]
Goals:9
  
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Pat played junior team football from the age of 11 until he signed as an amateur professional for Barnsley when he turned 15. His reputation as a big, hard, uncompromising defender grew rapidly and soon First Division teams such as Newcastle and Brian Clough's Derby County were watching him. It was a bit of a surprise however that when he chose Newcastle he was put straight into the first-team! From Fourth Division to First in one fell swoop seemed a huge step, and indeed Pat found the pace and fitness levels were quite a lot higher. The first few games therefore were quite a struggle but his dedication and committment were undoubted, he soon "caught up" with the First Division and became a great favourite of the St. James's Park faithful. Bobby Moncur and he soon struck up a superb partnership at the heart of the defence. He was a FA Cup runner-up (1974), League Cup runner-up (1976), and Texaco Cup winner (1974) with Newcastle.

He followed Supermac to Arsenal in 1976 but unfortunately did not enjoy the same impact. The Gunners had just appointed a new manager (Terry Neill) and Pat said afterwards "I didn't feel they were as organised defensively as I would have liked", and a year later he was sold to Birmingham and glad of the opportunity it presented.

Just five games after arriving at St Andrews, Willie Bell who had signed Pat was sacked and replaced by Sir Alf Ramsay. Pat however never relocated to the midlands from London and admits that his "mindset" may have been different had he done so. A combination of curcumstances, a cartilage injury which almost wiped out his whole second season at the Blues, the departure of Ramsay and the arrival of Jim Smith as manager, saw Pat playing with the likes of George Best, Franz Beckenbauer and Rodney Marsh in the North American Soccer League as Birmingham sent him off on loan to Portland Timbers.

Though he was offered a new contract at Birmingham by Smith, Pat decided to leave and join Bury where he finished his career. Staying in Bury he went on to coaching with Football in the Community and was area supervisor for Bolton, Blackburn and Bury. He then spent 12 years as Football Development Officer with Salford Sports Development and then worked part-time as team manager to Salford College's football team. He then took a totally different direction and became a promoter to the Harlem Globetrotters!

Pat still keeps a keen eye on football however and is a season ticket holder at Old Trafford.

 

Notable Transfers
Date From To Fee
01/09/1973 Barnsley Newcastle United £23,000
09/09/1976 Newcastle United Arsenal  
References

Scott, K.H, 2015, Newcastle United Day by Day, KayLynM Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, ISBN: 978-0-9934201-0-8,

Wright, G., Dunk, P., eds, 1973, Rothmans Football Yearbook 1973-74, Queen Anne Press, England,