Player profile

Fred Howe

Birthdate: 24 September 1912
Birthplace: Bredbury, Cheshire, England
Date of death: 1984
Other clubs: Wilmslow (1929-31), Stockport County (1931-33), Stalybridge Celtic (1933-34), Hyde United (1934-35), Manchester City (1938), Grimsby Town (1938-46); Oldham Athletic, Stockport County (2), Watford (wartime guest), Oldham Athletic (1946-47), Ashton United (1947-51)
Bought from: Hyde United
Signed for LFC: £400, 19.03.1935
Liverpool debut: 06.04.1935
Last appearance: 12.02.1938
Debut goal: 13.04.1935
Last goal: 24.04.1937
Contract expiry: 17.06.1938
Win ratio: 28.72% W: 27 D: 25 L: 42
Games/goals ratio: 2.61
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 89 / 36
Total LFC games/goals: 94 / 36

Player profile

Howe was recommended to Liverpool by former Red Tommy Johnson who saw him feature for Hyde United in the Cheshire league. Forward Howe made his debut on 6 April 1935 against Derby and figured in six of the final seven first division fixtures of that season, scoring in successive matches against Aston Villa, Stoke City and Chelsea. He was the club’s leading scorer for the next two seasons with 17 goals from 36 appearances in 1935/36 and 16 from 41 matches in 1936/37. He only figured 11 times in 1937/38 and failed to add to his goal tally which turned out to be his final season at Liverpool. Howe was a prolific scorer for his teams after he left Liverpool through all three levels of the Football League; 15 goals in 29 League games for first division Grimsby Town, five in six games for second division Manchester City and 20 goals in 30 games as a 34-year-old for third division Oldham.

Howe’s biggest moment in the Liverpool shirt came when he scored four goals in the club’s biggest win over their eternal rivals, Everton, on 7 September 1935. Three of his goals were headers, the last of which came in the eighty-ninth minute at an “express speed”. Only three Liverpool players before him had managed a hat-trick against Everton: Harry Chambers in 1922, Dick Forshaw in 1925 and Harold Barton in 1933. Seventy-seven years passed before Steven Gerrard joined this exclusive group of men in 2012. Still nobody has equalled Howe’s quadruple against Liverpool’s eternal rivals at Anfield so for that alone he deserves to go down in Merseyside folklore.

Appearances per season

1934-1935 600006
1935-1936 34200036
1936-1937 40100041
1937-1938 9200011

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7Stoke City
5Leeds United
5Grimsby Town
4Preston North End
4Birmingham City
4Sheffield Wednesday
4Manchester City
4Huddersfield Town
3Bolton Wanderers
2Aston Villa
2Charlton Athletic
2Manchester United
2Blackburn Rovers
1Norwich City
1Sheffield United
1Swansea City
5FA Cup

Goals per season

1934-1935 300003
1935-1936 17000017
1936-1937 16000016
1937-1938 000000

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TotalOpen play/Penalty
36Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

106.04.1935Derby AnfieldLeague
5026.09.1936Leeds UnitedElland RoadLeague

Milestone Goals

1613.04.1935Aston VillaVilla ParkLeague

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