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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Tim Howard

Name in native country: Timothy Matthew Howard
Date of birth: 06.03.1979
Place of birth: North Brunswick, New Jersey
Height: 1,91
Nationality: United States
Position: Goalkeeper
Foot: right
Chant: U-S-A, U-S-A...

Tim Howard is the current first choice Goalkeeper for both Everton and the U.S.A international team.

Howard signed a new deal at Everton on March 8, 2012 keeping him here until all being well 2016.

Did You Know? Tim Howard is apparently scared of flying but still does to play for the U.S.A!

In May 2006 a deal was agreed between Manchester United and Everton that would see Howard join the Merseyside club on loan for the 2006–07 season.

Everton looked to Howard as a replacement for their newly-retired goalkeeper Nigel Martyn, in much the same way as Manchester United, when they were involved in the search for a successor to Peter Schmeichel (after many unsuccessful replacements).

Howard made his Everton debut against Watford on the opening day of the season. Since his debut, Howard has established himself as Everton's first-choice goalkeeper.

On February 14, 2007, Everton announced that Howard had signed a permanent deal with the club through the 2012–13 season. The permanent deal was believed to be worth around £3 million, but the exact fee paid by Everton remains undisclosed.

On April 28, 2007, Everton faced Manchester United at Goodison Park. Howard did not participate in the game, and there was some speculation that this came from a clause in his loan contract which states that he cannot take part in games against Manchester United.

However, since a permanent deal had been signed by the two clubs, such a clause would not be permitted.
This was investigated by the Football Association and according to some newspapers, both Everton and Manchester United could have been fined for this and possibly receive point deductions.

But the British newspaper The Sun, however, held it to be more likely that this affair would result in a tightening of the rules on loan deals.

The F.A. eventually stated that neither Manchester United nor Everton had broken any rules regarding Howard's transfer and that both clubs had confirmed that Everton had been free to play Howard against Manchester United if they had wished to do so.

He made his 100th appearance for Everton against West Ham United, on November 8, 2008. On April 19, 2009, in the FA Cup semi final, he saved two penalties against his former club Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out to send Everton to the final against Chelsea.

During the 2008–09 season Howard set the club record for most league match clean sheets in a season.

Howard started the 2009–10 season in fine form for Everton with four consecutive clean sheets, including away to Portsmouth where he excelled to help his team secure a 1–0 win and claimed the Man of the Match award for his performance.

Howard captained Everton for the first time in a 3–3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on December 12, 2009.

At the start of 2012 Howard joined the elite band of goalkeepers to have scored a goal when his goal kick flew past Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan with the help of exceptionally strong winds. Howard was quick to sympathise with his fellow goalkeeper an therefore to his credit didn't celebrate his achievement.

In 2013 Howard was injured just a few starts short of breaking Everton legend Neville Southall's record for consecutive appearances.

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