Bobby Howfield
Personal information
Full nameRobert Michael Howfield
Date of birth (1936-12-03) 3 December 1936 (age 83)
Place of birthWatford, England
Playing positionForward
Youth career
Senior career*
1959Crewe Alexandra5(0)
1965New York Americans?(?)
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 | edit source]

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

Career[edit | edit source]

Association football[edit | edit source]

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 York Americans 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 | edit source]

Bobby Howfield
Date of birth: (1936-12-03) 3 December 1936 (age 83)
Place of birth: Watford, England
Career information
Position(s): Placekicker
Playing stats at

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. Surrey: T.G Jones. pp. 125. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1.
  2. Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database
  3. Where are they now?,
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.