Steve Howey (footballer)

Stephen Norman Howey (born 26 October 1971 in Sunderland, County Durham) is an English former footballer who played as a defender for the England national team.[1] At club level, he made more than 300 appearances in the Football League and the Premier League, playing for Newcastle United, Manchester City, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers and Hartlepool United.[2][3] He also played briefly for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.[4] His main playing position was as a central defender.

Steve Howey
Personal information
Full name Stephen Norman Howey
Date of birth (1971-10-26) 26 October 1971
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
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)
Total 305 (18)
National team
1994–1996 England 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Newcastle United

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.[5] As a centre-back 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.

Man City

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 Alf-Inge Håland.[6]

Later career

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.

International career

Howey earned four caps for England, starting all four matches. He made his debut starting in a 1-0 win against Nigeria at Wembley Stadium in November 1994. Draws with Colombia and Portugal followed before making his last appearance in a 1-0 victory over Bulgaria. Howey was called up to the England squad for Euro 96 and was an unused substitute in the first match v Switzerland but was not fit enough to be on the team sheet for the remaining 4 matches. He was never called up to the full squad again.

Managerial career

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.

Personal life

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


Newcastle United

Manchester City


  1. "Steve Howey". Englandstats. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  2. "Steve Howey". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  3. "Steve Howey". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  4. "H". All Time MLS Player Registry. Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on 17 February 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  5. "The day Steve Howey moved to centre-back". ChronicleLive. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  6. "Man City hold Man Utd". BBC. 21 April 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
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