Ex-star spotlight: Steve Howey

A recent result in the City of Manchester reminded me of an ex-Toon defender who was born the wrong side of the river and left us for the blue half of Mancland.

Stephen Norman Howey was a product of a very successful youth academy at the time which included the likes of Lee Clark and Steve Watson. It’s not often you get an academy product who spends over a decade at the club and totals almost 200 appearances before leaving for pastures new. Well, not if you’re Newcastle anyway!

Steve Howey was a typical no-nonsense central defender who was like a brick wall to run into. He was a stocky 6’1″,Β and this article could have been so different had Howey not been so injury prone. He spent 11 seasons at Newcastle and only managed 167 starts which works out at an average of about 15 starts per season!

I have sat for a while now racking my brains for a great Steve Howey memory in the Black and White stripes and the only one I can think of is the fourth goal he scored in a 4-3 win over Villa. He did what he needed to with minimum fuss and it was always an advantage having him in the back four.

We never got to see the best of Stevie as the lad just couldn’t get a decent run of games under his belt. The one season he did stay injury free, Newcastle were promoted to the Premier League which was largely down to conceding the least amount of goals away from home throughout the course of the year.

Howey was also an England international picking up 6 caps and once claimed “Terry Venables told me I was going to be his central defender but then I got injured and first Gareth Southgate and then Sol Campbell came in – the rest is history.” He was even called up to England’s Euro 96 squad and maybe should have been brought on to take a certain penalty…

Steve did manage to come back into the side and stamp his claim on an FA cup final appearance. Unfortunately, he was to effectively end his NUFC career in the same competition the season after. During a semi-final clash against Spurs at Old Trafford he ruptured an achilles tendon in which 3 of the 4 major strands snapped.

Newcastle brought in droves of new defenders (unbelievably, there were actually 16 defenders registered in the squad during the course of that season!) and we were lucky to get around Β£2 million from Man City when he had returned to fitness.

Howey never quite made it in his coaching/managerial career but still pops up on a regular basis with his thoughts on goings on at St. James’s Park from his current post as Head Coach at East Durham Football Development Centre.

I bet the Mackems wish they had a fit Stevie Howey in their back line yesterday!

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185 thoughts on “Ex-star spotlight: Steve Howey

  1. How many did you write for the other blog?

    I think my next article is going to be about Tiote πŸ’‘


  2. Only another 875 to go for me then πŸ˜†

    Not sure if it’s worth an article but you could do one about how Barton might not be allowed to leave the country for the USA tour πŸ˜‰


  3. To be honest, I think we’ve just about covered everything off at the minute. Moreno had an article in the bank but it’s gone missing and I was going to put that up. Feck knows where it’s gone πŸ˜•


  4. Geordies and the history and how it came about πŸ™‚

    Not much of that about to be honest. Kept it back for ages as it’s been submitted to loads of information directories online which all link to here πŸ˜‰ but it’s all good to publish, or was anyway.


  5. Sounds like a good read, hopefully it crops up somewhere πŸ™‚

    Thank god there isn’t another two week break before a game otherwise the barrel would be getting scraped well and truly πŸ˜†


  6. The thing is them sort of things get people talking as everyone likes to list things for some reason πŸ˜†

    Personally though it doesn’t look as professional for me when you see them type of things πŸ™‚


  7. During the summer between the end of the season and pre-season there’s only going to be rumors to live off and hopefully one or two buys πŸ˜†


  8. Plenty to feast on over the summer mate. Mark my words πŸ˜‰

    You just have to think outside of the box πŸ˜‰


  9. Nice one.

    Were you ever on Ed’s blog or did you just start on .org?

    Out of the blue I know πŸ˜†


  10. He’s shut that site down so many times I’ve lost count πŸ˜†

    I’ve been on all three like and each time I gotten a little bit more involved πŸ™‚


  11. You’ll be setting up on your own next πŸ˜†

    I like it. It’s good crack. There isn’t that many Newcastle fans down here so it gived me a chance to speak to loads of like-minded people about Newcastle. Trying to explain Newcastle to a Liverpool or Man Yoo fan is like trying to shit a brick – painful. That’s what I enjoy most about it πŸ™‚


  12. πŸ˜†

    In Shields it’s pretty much split so plenty of ‘banter’ 😈

    There’s always a lot of arguments going on over facebook because of it πŸ˜†


  13. Aye I noticed πŸ˜†

    Reet, I’m away home to finish off that article. Catch you in a bit if you’re still up mate πŸ™‚


  14. I’ve just read it and I’ll comment when am up tomorrow but they’ll probably be a new one before then πŸ˜†

    Later mate πŸ™‚


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