Bobby Howfield
Personal information
Full nameRobert Michael Howfield
Date of birth (1936-12-03) 3 December 1936 (age 84)
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

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


Association football

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

Bobby Howfield
Date of birth: (1936-12-03) 3 December 1936 (age 84)
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

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


  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?,
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