les howe - fact file

1930 -1946            utility

Born in Tottenham on 4th March 1912.

Attended the Lancastrian School in Church Road Tottenham.

Captained Tottenham and in 1926, he was picked to play for the England Schools Under-15 side and was only the third player from the area to gain this honour.  Played at Sunderland in the 3-0 win over Scotland and the 2-1 win over Wales at Aberdare.

Played for the A team in a friendly at the age of 14 on 27th December 1911.

Spurs watched him while he played for Tottenham Argyle and Enfield, before signing him as an amateur in October 1928.  Les continued playing for Enfield for the remainder of that season, before moving to Northfleet United, Tottenham's nursery club for the following season.

Signed a  a professional in August1930.

Debut away v Southampton on 26th December 1930 at right half in a 3-0 win.  Became only the second 18 year old to play for the first team by that time.

Played two more games that season, returned to play for Northfleet, where he won a Kent League Division One champions medal and a League Cup winners medal and then was not required again until October 1932., when he played as an outside right at Preston.

Got promoted at the end of the 1932-33 season to the First Division.

During his Spurs career, he played in every outfield position and even in goal when emergency required (against Coventry City on 10th April 1937).

In the Second World War he served in the RAF and this ensured that Les missed a large portion of his career as a footballer, but he made 165 League appearances and played in 18 FA Cup ties, scoring 26 goals.

Career ended through injury when a tackle by Billy Wright in a game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1945 injured his knee. 

Managed the "A" Team, before running the Raven pub in Battersea and the Coach and Horses in Tottenham. 
Was coach of Edmonton Borough and manager of Enfield for the 1948-49 season.
Went back to plumbing and supervisor until he retired in March 1976.

In 1977, he lived in Wood Green, spending his time tending his allotments on the A10.

Died 23rd February 1999 in the North Middlesex Hospital at Edmonton.


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