(born 10 October 1958 in Hammersmith
) is a former English football player, who played as a central defender. He is currently the manager of St Albans City
Howell started his professional career with Fulham
in 1978, but failed to reach the first team. He then moved on to various non-league clubs, including Harrow Borough
(whom he helped win the 1984 Isthmian League Premier Division
Championship), Hounslow Town
, Hillingdon Borough
. He was also a Semi-pro international, achieving the honour of being the first black England National Game XI
In July 1990 he joined Barnet
for £10,000. He scored a headed goal on the final day of the 1990-91 season
to help Barnet win the Football Conference
League, and thereby gain promotion to the Football League Fourth Division
he made 34 appearances, scoring 3 goals as Barnet reached 7th place, but failed to gain promotion via the play-offs. In the following season (1992-93
) he made a further 23 appearances as Barnet finished 3rd in the renamed Barclays League Division 3, thereby gaining promotion to Division 2.
In July 1993 he joined Division 1 team Southend United
for whom he made 6 appearances. At the end of the 1993-94 season he was released and in October 1994 (now aged 36) he joined Birmingham City
on a non-contract basis, playing twice for them in division 2.
Howell then played for Stevenage Borough
before retiring as a player.
Whilst at Barnet