Bobby Howfield

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Bobby Howfield
Personal information
Full nameRobert Michael Howfield
Date of birth(1936-12-03) 3 December 1936 (age 77)
Place of birthWatford, England
Playing positionForward
Youth career
1957Millwall
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1957–1959Watford47(9)
1959Crewe Alexandra5(0)
1959–1962Aldershot76(44)
1962–1963Watford45(13)
1963–1965Fulham26(9)
1965New Yorkers?(?)
1965–1967Aldershot34(10)
1967–1968Chelmsford City?(?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Bobby Howfield
Personal information
Full nameRobert Michael Howfield
Date of birth(1936-12-03) 3 December 1936 (age 77)
Place of birthWatford, England
Playing positionForward
Youth career
1957Millwall
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1957–1959Watford47(9)
1959Crewe Alexandra5(0)
1959–1962Aldershot76(44)
1962–1963Watford45(13)
1963–1965Fulham26(9)
1965New Yorkers?(?)
1965–1967Aldershot34(10)
1967–1968Chelmsford City?(?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Michael Howfield (born 3 December 1936), commonly known as Bobby Howfield, is an English former professional sportsman who played both association football and American football.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Howfield was born in Watford, and his son Ian Howfield kicked for the Houston Oilers in 1991.

Career[edit]

Association football[edit]

Howfield played as a forward, known for his volatility.[1] Howfield began his association football career with local side Bushey F.C., before signing amateur terms with Millwall in May 1957.[1] He became a professional with Watford in September 1957, playing for the club until July 1959, when he moved to Crewe Alexandra.[1] In October 1959, however, he moved to Aldershot, where his 23 league goals in the 1961–62 season were a club record for a number of years.[1] He played for the club until July 1962 when he returned to Watford for a "substantial fee".[1]

Howfield moved to Fulham in November 1965 for £6000, having made 101 appearances and scored 25 goals in his two spells with the club.[1] He scored three goals for Fulham in the last ten goal performance by a top-flight club.[1]

During 1965 Howfield went to play with the New Yorkers of the International Soccer League.[1] He returned to Aldershot in August 1965, playing for the Hampshire club until 1967,[1] before playing non-League football with Chelmsford City.[2]

American football[edit]

Bobby Howfield
Date of birth:(1936-12-03) 3 December 1936 (age 77)
Place of birth:Watford, England
Career information
Position(s):Placekicker
Organizations
As player:
1968–1970
1971–1974
Denver Broncos
New York Jets
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Known for his powerful shooting,[1] Howfield returned to America to take up American football as a place kicker. Between 1968 and 1970 he played for the Denver Broncos, before moving to the New York Jets in 1971, playing for them until 1974.

Later life[edit]

After his retirement from sport he worked in the insurance department of a Denver bank, and he still lives close to the city.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. Surrey: T.G Jones. p. 125. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  2. ^ Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database
  3. ^ Where are they now?, wfc.net