Pat Howard (footballer)

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Pat Howard
Personal information
Full name Patrick Howard[1]
Date of birth (1947-10-07) 7 October 1947 (age 70)[1]
Place of birth Dodworth,[1] England
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1963–1965 Barnsley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1971 Barnsley 177 (6)
1971–1976 Newcastle United 184 (7)
1976–1977 Arsenal 16 (0)
1977–1979 Birmingham City 40 (0)
1978Portland Timbers (loan) 24 (1)
1979–1982 Bury 118 (5)
Total 559 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Patrick Howard (born 7 October 1947) is an English former professional footballer who played as a central defender.[2]

Howard made more than 500 appearances in the Football League for Barnsley, Newcastle United, Arsenal, Birmingham City and Bury, and also appeared in the NASL for Portland Timbers.


Born in Dodworth, Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire, Howard made more than 500 appearances in the Football League. He started his career at Barnsley, spending seven seasons there before signing for Newcastle United in 1971. He reached the 1974 FA Cup Final with the Magpies, and was signed by Arsenal for £40,000 in September 1976. He made his debut against West Ham United on 11 September 1976, but did not settle at the club and after less than a year he was transfer listed with just 20 Arsenal appearances, without a single goal to his name.[3]

He moved to Birmingham City in August 1977, and after two seasons there finished his career in English football with a three-year stint at Bury, retiring in 1982.[4] He also spent the 1978 North American Soccer League season playing for Portland Timbers.[5]


Newcastle United


  1. ^ a b c "Pat Howard". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Ollier, Fred (1992). Arsenal: A Complete Record 1886:1992. Breedon Books. p. 63. ISBN 1-873626-12-6. 
  4. ^ "Pat Howard". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  5. ^ "NASL Portland Timbers Rosters". NASL Jerseys. Dave Morrison. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Pat Howard". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 2017-03-14.