Vital Football

Latest Derby County News

Rams striker reflects on his career

Rams striker reflects on his career


On the eve of the Rams play-off final against West Bromwich Albion Steve Howard has revealed how he took a hefty pay cut to becoming a professional footballer.
The Rams leading scorer was a roofer and labourer on the roads working 12-hour shifts before being joining Hartlepool United in 1995 - but his first pay packet proved something of a shock.

Howard said: 'I was 18 or 19 at the time and my job was putting a few quid in my pocket but when I went to Hartlepool I looked at my wage and thought 'is this it?'
'I had less money in my pocket, which I wasn't happy about, but it was my dream to be a footballer.'

With Howard only one victory from the Premier League the cut in wages has proved worthwhile and the 31-year-old is now hoping to finish a dream journey. The 19-goal striker is looking forward to Monday`s final play-off at the home of English football.
'Playing at Wembley is special and will be a dream come true,' said Howard who was rejected by Sunderland and Middlesbrough as a youngster and played non-League football with Tow Law Town, Chris Waddle's old club.

Howard was recommended to Pool by former Manchester United and Scotland defender Gordon McQueen 'At the time, I was working from 6am to 6pm on the roads in all weather - it was tough work and nearly killed me!' said Howard.

'I was doing all sorts of things like digging holes, it was hard graft.
'I trained twice a week at Tow Law and had to go straight from work, still wearing my work clothes.
'Things like that make you appreciate being a footballer more, without a doubt. Many players start in the Premiership and eventually move down but, hopefully, I am working my way up.
'Playing at Wembley and hopefully helping Derby to win promotion would be a very special day.'
Howard went to the old Wembley Stadium to watch Newcastle United in successive FA Cup finals in the late Nineties. They lost 2-0 to both Arsenal and Manchester United. 'Hopefully I'll do better on Monday,' he said.

All Rams fans hope Howard can score a couple of goals on Monday, and his and their dreams will come true. The big man has lead the line superbly for the Rams this season, and he has won the club and fans 'Player of the year`. He also had success off the pitch with the birth of a second child; he can make it a hat-trick on Monday.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Peter Simcox
Date:Sunday May 27 2007
Time: 3:53AM

Best of Vital Network

-

Comments

0
Well done on the Victory. Hard work begins now in the Prem.
miked_joker
28/05/2007 17:24:00
0
well thats one relegation place taken!!!!!! only joking well done Derby.
SweetLeftFoot
28/05/2007 17:29:00
0
Glad the promoted but unless the massively recruit it will as you were in 12 months time.
storagematt
28/05/2007 22:01:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Derby County Articles

Vital MotM v. Aston Villa - Will Hughes

Will Hughes was voted Man of the Match by Vital Derby readers for his performance in the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa last weekend.

Match Day Officials v Burton (26/8/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Burton Albion this Friday.

Premiership Freebies In 12 Months?

With a week to go in the 2016/17 summer transfer window, Premier League clubs have players now in their final 12 months on contracts...

EFL Cup - League Cup Third Round Draw

The draw for the third round of the League Cup, re-branded the EFL Cup this season, has been made with us among those finding out who we will be coming up against.

Archived Vital Derby Articles

Vital Derby articles from

Site Journalists

MikeC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v. Carlisle United
Suggested By: MikeC
Carson0%
Baird0%
Keogh0%
Pearce0%
Olsson0%
Camara40%
Johnson0%
Butterfield0%
Lowe0%
Blackman20%
Bent0%
Ince40%
Hughes0%
Elsnik0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Huddersfield 4 3 1 0 10 3
2 Brighton 4 2 2 0 8 6
3 Wolves 4 2 2 0 8 4
4 Norwich 4 2 2 0 8 4
5 Fulham 4 2 2 0 8 2
6 Burton 5 2 1 2 7 1
7 Q.P.R. 4 2 0 2 6 2
8 Newcastle 4 2 0 2 6 2
9 Brentford 4 2 0 2 6 1
10 Barnsley 4 2 0 2 6 0
11 Bristol City 4 2 0 2 6 0
12 Forest 4 2 0 2 6 -2
13 Aston Villa 4 1 2 1 5 2
14 Ipswich 4 1 2 1 5 0
15 Birmingham 4 1 2 1 5 -1
16 Cardiff 4 1 2 1 5 -1
17 Derby County 5 1 2 2 5 -2
18 Wigan 4 1 1 2 4 1
19 Leeds Utd 4 1 1 2 4 -2
20 Sheff Wed 4 1 1 2 4 -3
21 Reading 4 1 1 2 4 -4
22 Rotherham 4 1 1 2 4 -5
23 Preston 4 1 0 3 3 -1
24 Blackburn 4 0 1 3 1 -7
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Derby County Results (view all)

Derby County Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.diddyram8