Injury has savaged Steve Howey's career over the past seasons. A calf injury kept him out of most of the 1996-97 campaign and in 97-98 he was blighted by a series of minor injuries. After impressing against Leicester on his return, Steve was able to force his way into the Cup final line-up.
Howey ruptured an achilles tendon during the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in April 1999 when three of the four major strands snapped. After returning to full fitness once again it became clear that he had no first team future at St James' Park due to the plethora of defenders at the club. During the 1999-2000 season he only managed to reach the staring line-up 7 times.
An offer from Joe Royle to move to Manchester was accepted and so in August 2000 he joined the blues in a deal worth $3 mill. depending on appearances.
Howey linked up again with his former Manager at Newcastle when Kevin Keegan took the post after Royle. After he got rid of his injury plagues he captained a City side that jail braked its way back into the Premiership. He went on and led a powerful City side including Peter Schmeichel, Eyal Berkovic and Nicholas Anelka. But midway througout the campaign he lost his place in the line-up to the newly arrived David Sommeil. Upset by the managers decision Steve refused to play for the reserves, a move not appreaciated by the Manager. After 100 league games for City he was transfered to newly promoted Leicester City in June 2003.
In August 2004 Howey went to the US to try his luck with New England Revolutions. He only managed three games with the Boston club before going down with a quadriceps injury. In November the same year he went back to England to play for Bolton Wanderers.
17/01 2005: Oldham Athletic are hoping that former Manchester City defender Steve Howey will feature in their reserve clash on Wednesday against Bury. It was confirmed last week Howey was to train with The Latics, and he is now at the club on a trial basis. Howey, who has also played for Newcastle, Bolton, and Leicester in his career, is more than willing to get his head down in a bid to win a deal. "I'm prepared to play in the reserves and it's up to [Brian] Talbot to pick me," said Howey.