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Captain Jack calls it a day

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Eagles Club Captain, Jack Howieson has announced his retirement from Rugby League.

After 13 seasons Jack has decided, due to injury, to call an end to his rugby career.


Many thanks for your efforts on, and off, the field on behalf of the Club. You will be remembered as someone who lead from the front and set a great example to your team-mates. Every team needs the players who make the hard yards and graft to set the platform for the play makers.


It was great to see you progress from a raw-boned 18 year old to a real leader on the field, and a family man off it, as I have tried to explain to followers of the round ball game, I have met your parents, wife, and children, The Eagles are a family Club and you are a prime example of why rugby is important to me.

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What a great player for the Eagles he has been, solid as a rock, never a jumping Jack flash, he did roll a few with stones and when he did he was a motivator of the young lads and lasses making their way in the game and he is a lovely bloke.  There is a downside, I saw him kick a great goal, (Don Fox would have loved to have kicked a similar one!).   If only he could have kicked more goals for us!!!!!   My advice to him as a Mr Motivator is that he gives the Stags a big boost; he could take the Tubmasters skills to a great little emerging team.   Scotland, also must be reconsidering the proposed separation from the rest of the UK, for when you closely analyse it, Rugby League in Scotland  would not be known about but for the likes of Jack being prepared to slog it up there for a pair of Shorts or too!!!!!    Old Pulteney.......would be my motivator!!!!......Now you are retired Jack, give it a try (sic) but don’t make it your goal (sic).....Cheers to a Good Un!!!!!

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A Brief Review of Jack's Career


28th June 1981 – Jack Howieson appears to the world.
1996 plays first game of rugby in Hemel Hampstead
12th April 2001: Jack Howieson signs for Eagles from Hillsborough Hawks. "Tubby" has seen Jack in the Sheffield Varsity Match and he has been training with the Eagles for some time. 
2000-2001 :- 7 appearances all from bench. 2 tries 1st team debut on bench, 19th April 2001 v Doncaster at DVS, 3rd June 2001, 1st try v York at DVS
In each of the home games in 2001 Jack played in Eagles won!
2001-2002  :- 24 appearances , 17 start and 7 from bench. zero tries. Debut in 1st team in starting 13 v Doncaster on 23rd Dec 2001 at DVS
2003-2003 :- 31 appearances all in starting 13. No tries.
Said by Leeds Rhinos in 2003 ……….. who has an awesome defence, and can always be relied on to make 10m on a carry
2004-2004 :- 25 app, all in 1st 13, 3 tries
13th June 2004: Jack Howieson made his 80th appearance for the club at Hunslet today and then was banned for four games after being red-carded for throwing a punch, in the 80th minute. 1st Eagles player sent off in 3 years when he knocked Shaun Ibbotson (Hunslet) out for punching Simon Tillyer.
Jack is a big powerful runner who hits hard in the tackle and is difficult to put down. Member of Scotland European Nations Cup team. A natural leader both on and off the field. Expected to have another ,massive season in 2005. {Eagles website]
2005-2005 :- 13 app, all in 1st 13. 31st July v Keighley Cougars= 100th game at Keighley. JACK BECAME 28th MEMBER OF 100 CLUB – 31ST JULY 2005. August 1t 2005
Eagles Powerhouse forward has broken his arm, it was confirmed today, in the 20-33 victory over Keighley Cougars on Sunday.
Howieson, the Eagles' captain, will not play again this season confirmed coach Mark Aston. "Its a huge loss to us, but we'll have to look to find someone to fill Jack's boots" he commented.
2006-2006:- 30 app, all in 1st 13 and 1 try. Jack becomes Club Captain
2007-2007:- 23 app,all in 1st 13 and 1 try. Jack becomes Team Captain.
2008-2008:- 22 app,all in 1st 13 and 2 tries
2009-2009 :-21 app, all in 1st 13 and 2 tries
2010-2010:- 13 in starting 13, 1 from bench, 1 try. 28th  Feb 2010 makes 200th appearance against Halifax at The Shay. Had Testimonial Match v Hull FC at DVS on 24th Jan 2010 and scored his only goal in 1st team match, unfortunately not counted in club statistics!!
2011-2011 :- 27 app, all in 1st 13 and 2 tries
2012-2012 :-30 app all in 1st 13 and 0 tries . 24th May 2012 on TV at Bramall Lane v Batley Bulldogs makes  250th appearance
2013-2013:- 9 in 1st 13 , 1 from bench, 1 try
2002 Sheffield Eagles Academy- 3 appearances and 2 tries, and has played in 6 "friendlies" including his own testimonial.
Jack also represented Scotland in Russia in the Europa Cup and has represented GB Students and along with Adam Carroll, Greg Hurst, Jon Breakingbury, Richard Singleton and Andy Raleigh  played The Queensland Students at The Boulevard, Hull in December 2001 and beat them 21 – 8. This was the first time Queensland had lost in 7 years!
and finally 10 internationals inc The World Cup in 2008, 2 in first 13, 8 from bench and no tries.[Opposition- Ireland, France, Wales and Tonga]

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