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Russell Howarth

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Full nameRussell Michael Howarth
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Russell Michael Howarth (born 27 March 1982) is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Howarth started his career with the youth system of hometown club York City in 1996 while a schoolboy, before becoming a trainee in 1998. His debut for the first team came at the age of 17, playing in the first six games of the 1999 2000 season, and signed a professional contract with the club in 1999. However, he was unable to play regularly for York due to the form of Bobby Mimms and Alan Fettis. After having trials with FA Premier League and First Division clubs he left York in November 2002 to sign for Tranmere Rovers for a five-figure fee. Here, he again played sporadically, only having runs in the team when first-choice goalkeeper John Achterberg was unavailable. After being released by Tranmere in 2005 he signed for Bradford City. In his first season at the club he made 15 appearances, the most in a season for Howarth, but was unable to dislodge Donovan Ricketts in goal and in 2007 was released. He then retired from football and started working as a paramedic.

While at York, Howarth played for England at a number of youth levels and amassed 10 caps across these. He was capped twice by England at under-16 level in 1999, while still a trainee at York. He tussled with Chelsea's Rhys Evans for a starting place in the under-18 side, playing for them in 2001 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualifying. After making four under-18 appearances from 2000 to 2001, he progressed to the under-20 side, competing not only with Evans for a place in the side, but also with Stephen Bywater and Boaz Myhill. He was capped four times for the side from 2001 to 2002 before being given a late call-up to the under-21 team playing at the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, although he did not make any appearances. Following his move to Tranmere he was still included in under-21 squads, but failed to make his debut at this level.

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