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Brian Howard

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

23/01/1983

Signed

01/09/2009

Country

England

Howard began his career at Premier League Southampton as a trainee, but was released by the club in 2003.

He went on to train with Chelsea who subsequently offered him a contract, but the arrival of new owner Roman Abramovich meant that several players where then signed, Howard turned down the proposition, favouring the outlook of playing as a regular further down the divisions.

He signed for Division Two side Swindon Town in 2003, making his debut for the Robins against Sheffield Wednesday. They made it all the way to the Play-offs that year, losing out to Brighton in the semi-final. Howard made 41 appearances that season, scoring four goals.

A notable spell with Barnsley followed his time at the County ground, the midfielder scoring 28 goals in 131(+6) appearances over his stay, gaining promotion to the Championship with the Tykes in his debut season. He came close to promotion again in his first year when he joined Sheffield United, making it all the way to Wembley, the Blades lost out 1-0 to Burnley in the 2009 Final.

The following season Howard signed as a Reading player, the fee being £500,000 with James Harper going the other way as part of a loan deal. He slipped straight into the first team line-up making 39 appearances and scoring three goals in the duration of his inaugural season.

The most memorable of the three being in the fifth round FA Cup match against West Brom, Howard struck a sweet volley that grazed the bar and then moments later in added time, slotted the ball home past Scott Carson to make it 2-2 and send the tie into extra-time – Sigurdsson netting in the 95th minute to ensure the clubs first FA Cup quarter-final since 1927.

The following season, 28 appearance brought his tally up to 55(+14) in a Reading shirt, 27(+4) of them made at the Mad Stad. 

Upon his contract expiring, he was released by the club in June 2012 and looked set for a move to Portsmouth after spending pre-season on trial at Fratton Park.

Due to administration problems, his contract wasn’t renewed in January and the Winchester-born man had to look elsewhere to play his football.

His recent moves have taken him across the leagues to Bristol City, CSKA Sofia, Birmingham City and finally Oxford United, before signing for Conference Premier Side Eastleigh until the end of the 2015 season.

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