Eddie Retires

Last updated : 25 June 2007 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Eddie Howe has been forced to announce his retirement from first class football after failing to fully recover from a recurring knee problem.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Evening Echo, the ever popular Howe is quoted as saying: "I really enjoyed my career and really enjoyed playing with some great players and made some great friends along the way. I enjoyed playing for this club a great deal. Everyone knows it was the team I watched when I was younger and I loved playing under all the managers I played under. Making my debut against Hull in 1995 was a big high in my career. For someone who wanted it so badly, it was a fantastic day. I thought I might play once and never again so all the games were a bonus for me. To get a bit of recognition for my country when I played for England under-21s was a dream come true. I couldn't quite believe it at the time but, looking back now, I'm really proud I managed to do that".

In a career spanning AFC Bournemouth, Portsmouth and a brief loan spell at Swindon Town, Eddie made 248 league appearances (+25 as sub), scoring 12 goals, plus 38 cup appearances (+4 as sub), scoring on 3 occassions.
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