Ridgeons Football League
Published 26th April 2012
.....twenty-one-year career after Saturday's encounter with Mildenhall Town.
The 40-year-old shot-stopper has decided to call it a day after a career spanning twenty-one years taking in clubs such as Norwich City, Motherwell, Reading, Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town.
Howie was manager David Batch’s first signing in 2009 from King’s Lynn and over the past three seasons has made around 125 appearances for the Yachtsmen.
In his very first season with the club he was awarded the player of the season accolade as Wroxham reached the FA Vase final at Wembley.
This season Wroxham have kept seventeen clean sheets - mostly when Howie was playing - culminating in winning the Ridgeons Premier Division title, and manager Batch hailed the Scotman's impact on the club. He said: “It is a vital position, so I thought that I may as well chance my arm and go for the best. I never thought I would get him, but remember after our first ever call I was shocked how polite and humble he was. He thanked me for considering him!
“I have never heard him talking down to anyone because he has played at higher levels. While he has very strong opinions he is very respectful to everyone else's and doesn't force his on to anyone. That is why on the odd occasion when he goes mental, everyone listens.
“One of the best examples was at half-time in the Vase semi-final, when he went mad at Stephen Spriggs for not tracking back and working hard enough. It changed my team talk and galvanised the team, as all I had to do was concentrate on refocusing everyone and being positive.
“Every now and again you hear a little nugget of information that a man of supreme humility lets slip, such as 'I used to train Joe Hart every day for two years'! Others wouldn't stop telling people things like that - Scott doesn't need to.
“Without doubt Scott was the biggest reason Wroxham FC got to play at Wembley and I often recall one brilliant moment in a penalty shoot-out during that campaign when he saved all the oppositions penalties and completely psyched out their last taker to see us into the next round.
“Strangely enough, I'm not sad to see him retire. I think he deserves to go out on a high and winning the league is just that. He has offered to be around if we need him next year, and I fully expect to see him come training for a kick around every now and again, as his place at our club will always be an important one.”