On This Day – Don Howe Born

12-10-1935: Don Howe, one of English football’s most influential coaches was born on this day in 1935. An England international as a player and a manager of several clubs including Arsenal, Howe was most successful as a coach.

Don Howe was coach under Bertie Mee at Arsenal when the Gunners became the second team to do the double in modern football in 1970-71.

Howe was England coach with both Bobby Robson and Terry Venables and worked at several World Cups and the 1996 European Championships.

He masterminded one of the FA Cup’s greatest upsets when Wimbledon defeated Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final. The Wimbledon manager at the time was Bobby Gould.

Renowned as a defensive coach nonpareil, Howe is credited with helping to popularize the distinctively English style of play of the 1970s and 1980s, whereby players ‘pressed’ the opposition in all areas of the pitch, attempting to stifle attacks by playing an offside trap based around a rigid 4-4-2 formation“.

When Saturday Comes – The Half Decent Football Book, 2005.


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