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1 OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Wed Jul 13 2016, 16:34

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Frank Worthington
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Bolton Wanderers complete Mark Howard signing

Goalkeeper signs two-year deal at Macron Stadium

Bolton Wanderers have completed the signing of Mark Howard on a free transfer.

Most recently on the books at Sheffield United, the goalkeeper puts pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at Macron Stadium.

The 29-year-old started his career with his Arsenal before making his professional debut during a loan spell with Falkirk during the second half of the 2005/06 season.

Having enjoyed stints in Wales with Cardiff City and Swansea City and in Scotland with St. Mirren and Aberdeen, he returned to England with Blackpool in September 2011.

Joining the Blades the following February, Howard made 104 appearances for the club during his four-and-a-half stay at Bramall Lane and was a member of the side that reached the Capital One Cup semi-finals and the Sky Bet League One play-offs in 2014/15.

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Mark Stephen Howard (born 21 September 1986) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper.
Born in Southwark, London he was part of Arsenal's youth team but having failed to make the step up to the senior squad he departed for Cardiff City. Howard moved to Scotland with spells at St Mirren and Aberdeenbefore moving back to England to play for Blackpool before arriving at Sheffield United. Where he currently holds the clubs consecutive clean sheet record with a record of 8 games without conceding a goal.

Early career[edit]

Howard started his career with Arsenal but he never made an appearance for the first team, although he was an unused substitute during the 2005 FA Community Shield. He was loaned to Scottish Premier League clubFalkirk in January 2006, where he made eight appearances. After his loan period ended in the summer Howard was released by Arsenal.

Cardiff City[edit]

Following his release by Arsenal Howard was offered a permanent contract with Falkirk, but instead decided to join Cardiff City to try and develop into a first team keeper. Howard provided back up as a second choice keeper that season to Neil Alexander.[2] He made his debut for The Bluebirds in a League Cup game between Cardiff and Barnet
Howard made only one other appearance for Cardiff, against The New Saints in a FAW Premier Cup match and against Barnet in a League Cup match. After a month's loan with Swansea City as cover in January 2007, where he failed to make a first team appearance, he was released by Cardiff at the end of the 2006–07 season.

St Mirren[edit]

Howard then joined Scottish side St Mirren[3] and made his debut on 13 February 2008, keeping a clean sheet against Dundee United in a Scottish Cup match. He then made his league debut three days later as St Mirren suffered a 4–0 defeat against Falkirk. Howard soon become first choice goalkeeper, taking over from Chris Smith and his performances led to him signing a new two-year contract in April 2009.[4] The following season however Howard made only two appearances after losing his first choice status to new signing Paul Gallacher and left the club after three seasons and 52 games.

Aberdeen[edit]

In July 2010 Howard signed a one-year deal at Aberdeen[5] and made his debut on 14 August 2010, keeping a clean sheet in a 4–0 win over Hamilton Academical. As the season progressed Howard slipped to second choice goalkeeper behind Jamie Langfield and left the club when the season ended.[6]

Blackpool[edit]

Howard signed a five-month contract with Blackpool in September 2011 as cover after a fitness concerns over Matt Gilks and Mark Halstead. He had to wait until Boxing Day later that year to make his full début for the club in a 3–1 victory at Barnsley. He went on to make 3 more appearances, his performances prompting manager Ian Holloway to offer him an extension for the rest of the season[7] but Howard failed to agree terms and left Bloomfield Road when his short term deal expired.

Sheffield United[edit]

In February 2012 Howard joined Sheffield United on a free transfer, signing a two and a half year contract after a successful two-week trial period,[8] arriving as cover for Steve Simonsen but didn't make a first team appearance that season.[9] When Simonsen was released the following summer, Howard made his United debut, against Shrewsbury Town on 18 August 2012, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 win. Howard remained first choice keeper until he suffered a thigh injury in the 11th minute at Matchroom Stadium against Leyton Orient in October 2012, an injury that kept him out of the side for twelve weeks.[10] Replaced by George Long, Howard was unable to regain his place in the team, despite having started the 2012–13 season as first-choice keeper.[11] The following season initially saw Howard continue to play understudy to Long, making only a handful of appearances until he was recalled to the starting line up by new manager Nigel Clough for an FA Cuptie against Fulham in February 2014.[12] Having kept a clean sheet in that fixture Howard retained his place,[12] and was virtually ever present until the end of the season, missing only one game.[13] With his current deal set to expire, United opted to take up a one-year extension in May 2014.

2 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Wed Jul 13 2016, 17:40

terenceanne

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El Hadji Diouf
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Know nowt about him but we have a back up goalie at least. Now a winger if Phil is to be believed.

So far so good.

3 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Wed Jul 13 2016, 19:48

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Frank Worthington
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Just to save Nat trotting out her predictable boring dross "he's a ponce and one of the worst players EVER to wear the shirt" until proven otherwise - yawn

4 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Wed Jul 13 2016, 19:53

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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He hasn't worn the shirt yet, try and keep up.

5 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Wed Jul 13 2016, 20:08

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Frank Worthington
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Natasha Whittam wrote:He hasn't worn the shirt yet, try and keep up.
He has for the photo shoot  Very Happy

6 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Wed Jul 13 2016, 20:21

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I think most people can see now that Amos is pretty crap.

Even in Leaugue One, there's plenty of players that can hit the ball hard from distance.

So I do think one of two things has to happen.

a) Amos improves drastically from last season

b) We replace him with somebody better.

I've never heard of this Howard guy, but at least Parkinson has recognised that we definitely need to strengthen the goalkeeping area of the squad.

7 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 09:30

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Frank Worthington
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I think Amos is potentially a very good keeper but there is a flaw with a particular type of save, surely it's something that can be resolved through coaching and practice

8 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 11:29

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whatsgoingon wrote: surely it's something that can be resolved through coaching and practice
..or a trip to Specsavers.

I'm convinced he has difficulty with middle distance.

9 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 12:03

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Frank Worthington
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wanderlust wrote:
whatsgoingon wrote: surely it's something that can be resolved through coaching and practice
..or a trip to Specsavers.

I'm convinced he has difficulty with middle distance.
Yes but middle distance soon becomes near, then it's about reflex. Whether it's a physical thing or mental flaw it is a very clear flaw and should be recognised and worked on.
Do we have a goalkeeper coach (if so who) and is it the same as we had or has PP brought one with him.

10 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 12:10

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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whatsgoingon wrote:I think Amos is potentially a very good keeper

Are there any of our shit players you think are actually shit? You seem to think Madine, Amos, Trotter etc are world beaters, when 99.5% of fans think they're fooking useless.

11 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 12:47

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Frank Worthington
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Natasha Whittam wrote:
whatsgoingon wrote:I think Amos is potentially a very good keeper

Are there any of our shit players you think are actually shit? You seem to think Madine, Amos, Trotter etc are world beaters, when 99.5% of fans think they're fooking useless.
Never have I used the phrase world beaters, unfortunately we won't be going out buying any world beaters anytime soon.
So the goal is to put together a team that can compete with the resources we have.
In his spell on loan most Bolton fans wanted the permanent signing of Amos hence potentially a very good keeper.
But you keep on doing what you do best, sniffing round peoples arses putting half assed comments after them and offering absolutely nothing of any substance.
You stick to making up bollocks about the delusional world you live in and leave the real world stuff to people who actually live in the real world.

12 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 12:59

Natasha Whittam

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whatsgoingon wrote:
But you keep on doing what you do best, sniffing round peoples arses putting half assed comments after them and offering absolutely nothing of any substance.
You stick to making up bollocks about the delusional world you live in and leave the real world stuff to people who actually live in the real world.

Why are you so jealous of me?

13 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 16:00

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Frank Worthington
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Natasha Whittam wrote:
whatsgoingon wrote:
But you keep on doing what you do best, sniffing round peoples arses putting half assed comments after them and offering absolutely nothing of any substance.
You stick to making up bollocks about the delusional world you live in and leave the real world stuff to people who actually live in the real world.

Why are you so jealous of me?
If that's what you're reading into my comments you're more deluded than I thought.

14 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 16:06

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Frank Worthington
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I don't know anything about Howard apart from what I've read but I can't help wondering if he's meant to replace Amos rather than back him up. We all know Ben's weaknesses and I can't help thinking that maybe Phil is looking to offload him and replace him with two cheaper stoppers. Of course that may not be possible but in strictly financial terms it would make sense.

15 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 16:20

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Frank Worthington
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luckyPeterpiper wrote:I don't know anything about Howard apart from what I've read but I can't help wondering if he's meant to replace Amos rather than back him up. We all know Ben's weaknesses and I can't help thinking that maybe Phil is looking to offload him and replace him with two cheaper stoppers. Of course that may not be possible but in strictly financial terms it would make sense.
I'm not sure how much Amos is on but I would guess similar would apply as Pratley and Davies and he would be very difficult to shift.

16 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 16:36

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Frank Worthington
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I agree wgo but Howard seems a bit old to be a backup at this level and from his stats I'd suggest he's even a bit too good for that. I'm not saying he's brilliant because I haven't seen him play but it strikes me that at his age he'd want and expect to be a regular first team player in League One. It does make me wonder if perhaps it's already been decided to let Amos go either at the end of his deal (next summer I believe) or even sooner if we could find someone to take over his wages either as a cheap buy or a loan with option to sign later. I may well be reading too much into this but I wouldn't be all that surprised to see another keeper arrive in this window as well as Howard.

17 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 20:47

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John McGinlay
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Amos is shite IMO. All the opposition need to do is take long shots and they'll score.

18 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 21:52

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Listen, you aren't on Man Uniteds books for over 10 years if you are shit. I think Amos was just low on confidence last season, he looked superb at times.

19 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 21:57

BoltonTillIDie

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John McGinlay
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I was basing my opinion on him on his performances for Bolton, not Man Utd's youth team

20 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 21:59

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BoltonTillIDie wrote:I was basing my opinion on him on his performances for Bolton, not Man Utd's youth team

He has been 50% shit 50% brilliant in a Bolton shirt. With all that went on last season I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and I can see him coming good this year

21 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Thu Jul 14 2016, 22:13

BoltonTillIDie

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John McGinlay
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Hopefully I will be proved wrong

22 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Fri Jul 15 2016, 10:04

Barryjw

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Nicolas Anelka
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Amos was excellent in his loan period with us which prompted us to sign him. Then last season a dramatic loss in confidence no doubt brought on by the worst defending in living memory. It's easy to scapegoat the goalkeeper where inept defenders are going missing/hiding as he's the last line of defence . Hopefully PP can rectify the problematic defending and build confidence in the keeper. The added pressure and competition following the signing of Mark Howard should ensure both keepers focus which can only be of benefit to us. Last season was a disaster, but as far as i'm concerned all players start with a clean sheet and should be supported fully by those who call themselves fans.
If any players do not come up to expectations then PP can deal with this matter.

:COYW:

23 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Fri Jul 15 2016, 10:15

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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What a load of shite. And I'm not just talking about Amos, but the guff written above.

If Amos was flapping at crosses or stuck to his line I'd give him the benefit of the doubt, perhaps that sort of thing can be put down to confidence. Should I catch it or punch it. Should I come for the cross or stay on my line.

But Amos simply can't deal with long shots. That's not a confidence thing, it's an ability thing. His only choice is to save it, or let it in.

Once again some bellend (Boggers) trots out the "he'll come good next season" line based on, well, nothing. Because the evidence suggests he will continue letting in long range efforts.

Hopefully Parkinson has signed this new fella to be our number 1, there should be no sentiment regarding the position. I don't want to be 10 games in before Amos is removed, he should be sat on the bench come August and have to fight his way into the team.

24 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Fri Jul 15 2016, 10:29

Barryjw

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Nicolas Anelka
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Natasha Whittam wrote:What a load of shite. And I'm not just talking about Amos, but the guff written above.

If Amos was flapping at crosses or stuck to his line I'd give him the benefit of the doubt, perhaps that sort of thing can be put down to confidence. Should I catch it or punch it. Should I come for the cross or stay on my line.

But Amos simply can't deal with long shots. That's not a confidence thing, it's an ability thing. His only choice is to save it, or let it in.

Once again some bellend (Boggers) trots out the "he'll come good next season" line based on, well, nothing. Because the evidence suggests he will continue letting in long range efforts.

Hopefully Parkinson has signed this new fella to be our number 1, there should be no sentiment regarding the position. I don't want to be 10 games in before Amos is removed, he should be sat on the bench come August and have to fight his way into the team.
Defenders worth their metal can block shots from outside the box! The only one who put his life on the line recently was probably Matt Mills. Amen

25 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Fri Jul 15 2016, 10:33

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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Barryjw wrote:
Defenders worth their metal can block shots from outside the box! The only one who put his life on the line recently was probably Matt Mills. Amen

Get real. Most of those goals were just run-of-the-mill shots that you see 15 times in every game across the world. Probably about 0.0001% of them go in.

About 50% of them seemed to go in against us.

The defence was shit, totally agree on that, but no professional goalkeeper should be being regularly beaten from long distance regardless if who is in front of him.

26 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Fri Jul 15 2016, 12:21

Barryjw

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Nicolas Anelka
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Natasha Whittam wrote:
Barryjw wrote:
Defenders worth their metal can block shots from outside the box! The only one who put his life on the line recently was probably Matt Mills. Amen

Get real. Most of those goals were just run-of-the-mill shots that you see 15 times in every game across the world. Probably about 0.0001% of them go in.

About 50% of them seemed to go in against us.

The defence was shit, totally agree on that, but no professional goalkeeper should be being regularly beaten from long distance regardless if who is in front of him.
Bye Bye, enjoy your life

27 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Fri Jul 15 2016, 12:29

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Frank Worthington
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Barryjw wrote:
Natasha Whittam wrote:
Barryjw wrote:
Defenders worth their metal can block shots from outside the box! The only one who put his life on the line recently was probably Matt Mills. Amen

Get real. Most of those goals were just run-of-the-mill shots that you see 15 times in every game across the world. Probably about 0.0001% of them go in.

About 50% of them seemed to go in against us.

The defence was shit, totally agree on that, but no professional goalkeeper should be being regularly beaten from long distance regardless if who is in front of him.
Bye Bye, enjoy your life
She hasn't got one, just a fictitious existence on here posting hate filled bile to every ones posts and actually never managing a point of view of her own.

28 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Fri Jul 15 2016, 12:36

Barryjw

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Nicolas Anelka
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whatsgoingon wrote:
Barryjw wrote:
Natasha Whittam wrote:
Barryjw wrote:
Defenders worth their metal can block shots from outside the box! The only one who put his life on the line recently was probably Matt Mills. Amen

Get real. Most of those goals were just run-of-the-mill shots that you see 15 times in every game across the world. Probably about 0.0001% of them go in.

About 50% of them seemed to go in against us.

The defence was shit, totally agree on that, but no professional goalkeeper should be being regularly beaten from long distance regardless if who is in front of him.
Bye Bye, enjoy your life
She hasn't got one, just a fictitious existence on here posting hate filled bile to every ones posts and actually never managing a point of view of her own.
I agree and will not bother reading the drivel . Have blocked any future posts  :rofl:

29 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Fri Jul 15 2016, 12:40

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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whatsgoingon wrote:
She hasn't got one, just a fictitious existence on here posting hate filled bile to every ones posts and actually never managing a point of view of her own.

The point is that letting in long range shots is a lack of ability. Was I too subtle for you?

30 Re: OFFICIAL - Mark Howard - New Goalie on Fri Jul 15 2016, 13:00

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
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Natasha Whittam wrote:
whatsgoingon wrote:
She hasn't got one, just a fictitious existence on here posting hate filled bile to every ones posts and actually never managing a point of view of her own.

The point is that letting in long range shots is a lack of ability. Was I too subtle for you?

Just repeating what others say followed by ponce or worst player ever or bell end, you're a one trick pony try and add some substance to your posts.
They're all just shallow and repetitive, you're a joke!

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