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Scott Howie

Scott Howie
Norwich Career: 1993-1994 (2 appearances)
Current Club:
Date of Birth: 04/01/1972 (Glasgow)
Nationality: Scottish

Biography

Signed from Scottish side Clyde for £300,000 Economics student Scott Howie was understudy to Bryan Gunn. Whilst at Clyde, Scott gained Scottish Under 21 honours making his debut in a 3-0 victory over Malta in an afternoon fixture. Apparently Scott wasn't bothered very often by the Maltese attack as he went on to play for Clyde that evening which Clyde won 2-1. Making just one full appearance for Norwich and another as substitute, Scott became disillusioned with life in Norwich and was later transferred to Motherwell.

As their first choice keeper, he established himself as one of Scotland's leading goalkeepers and was seen as a potential successor to Andy Goram in the Scottish international team. When he experienced contractual problems with Motherwell, he was dropped from their first team. Scott joined Coventry City on loan in the last week of January 1998. On Transfer Deadline Day (March 26th 1998), Scott was one of seven players to join First Division strugglers Reading. His £30,000 move to Berkshire saw him join the same line-up as former Canary Robert Fleck . Neither player were successful as Reading were relegated.

Scott was released in May 2001 and immediately gained attention from clubs in three nations with Oxford, Chesterfield (England), Wrexham (Wales) and "a couple of clubs north of the border" interested in Scott's signature according to Teamtalk. After impressing on trial, Scott signed for Bristol Rovers at the beginning of August 2001. He was named Bristol Rovers Player of the Year at the end of his first season with the club. However by the end of the 2002/03 season, he was seen as surplus to the needs of Rovers as was released in May 2003.

Since his departure from Rovers, Scott was linked with both Conference side Telford and Scottish side Ayr United. On July 19th 2003, he turned out for Exeter City in a pre-season friendly alongside fellow Bristol Rovers rejects Trevor Challis and Lewis Hogg. His chance of impressing the Grecians was limited by the fact that they lost 3-2 to minnow and neighbours Exmouth City. Interestingly Exeter offered Howie a contract but the financial elements of it were not acceptable to Scott. Therefore Howie and the Grecians parted company, with the latter turning to James Bittner.

On August 4th, Scott played on trial for Stevenage Borough against Potters Bar Town in a pre-season friendly. Whilst it looked like Boro were leading the race for Scott's signature, on August 8th 2003, it was reported that Scott had signed a two year contract with Shrewsbury, newly relegated to the Conference. Shrews' second choice keeper Mark Cartwright was to miss at least a month through an operation on an injured knee. Scott made his debut coming on as substitute for injured first-choice keeper Ian Dunbavin in the 1-0 victory over Accrington Stanley on 16th August 2003.

Scott was Shrewsbury's play-off final hero as he saved three penalties in the May 16th clash with Aldershot. The game had finished 1-1 after extra time and Scott then saved all three of Aldershot's penalties whilst his teammates scored three out of their four. This meant Shrewsbury returned to the Football League for 2004/5 - although this didn't work out for Scott and he was released by the Shrews at the end of the 2004/5 season.

Scott trained with Boston in the 2005 pre-season, playing against Braintree, and was optimistic in signing for the Pilgrims. In August 2005, he joined Rob Newman's Cambridge United on trial , playing in their 3-1 friendly win over Huntingdon. This was made permanent for the 2005/6 season where Scott was first choice keeper. However he opted for retirement on 11th May 2006 deciding to concentrate on his business interests - most notably a tax consultancy. He has though made himself available as cover if Cambridge are in desperate need of a keeper.

Following Cambridge's recall of Paul Crichton from loan at Kings Lynn, the Linnets signed Howie as cover for first choice Shaun Marshall at the beginning of April 2007. Although Howie retired in May last year, principally to set up his own business as a tax consultant for footballers. However, Keith Webb said Howie was fit enough to take his place in the Linnets' squad. “He's kept himself fit, there are no worries on that score.” Although Paul Crichton signed on as Lynn's number one for the 2007/8 season, Howie also offered to make himself available if needed by Lynn.

Howie was Lynn's keeper throughout the 2008/9 Conference North campaign but was not needed by new Linnets boss Carl Heggs when he took charge in June 2009. He signed for Ridgeons League side Wroxham whose manager David Batch said "He is the best keeper in the county and he was, by all accounts, one of the best in King`s Lynn`s league over the last couple of seasons. I am really pleased that he has decided to come to us. The importance of having a good keeper should not be underestimated. He brings knowledge and experience and will help organise the players around him and he has got a fantastic attitude.”

Howie was in goal when Wroxham reached the FA Vase final on 9th May 2010 but unfortunately conceded six as Whitley Bay won 6-1 at Wembley.

Howie went on to make 125 appearances before choosing to retire at the end of the 2011/12 season at the age of 40. He kept 17 clean sheets as Wroxham won the Ridgeons League title.


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