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10 things to know about Howe

Luke Mason  October 19, 2015 2:05 PM

Howe about these highlights? Watch the best of new recruit Jeremy Howe's highlights. Howe has left Melbourne to join Collingwood.
Jeremy Howe poses for a photo ahead of the 2009 National Under 18 Championships.

Jeremy Howe poses for a photo ahead of the 2009 National Under 18 Championships.

Collingwood Media presents some facts you probably didn't know about new recruit Jeremy Howe.

1. His cousin is quite famous

Not many families can lay claim to having a Baggy Green cap and an AFL jumper in their treasure trove.

The Howe-Wade clan has certainly struck sporting gold.

Jeremy Howe, who has joined Collingwood after 100 games for Melbourne, has a cousin who has played Test cricket for Australia.

His name? Matthew Wade.

The diminutive wicketkeeper, like his cousin, is a product of Tasmania but made the trip to Victoria to chase his sporting dreams. As of October 2015, Wade has played twelve Tests and 53 One Day Internationals for his country. He’s currently captaining Victoria in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup in New South Wales.

2. He’s a high-flyer
OK, we probably ALL know this already. But Howe’s roll call of screamers is worth noting.

In 100 games, Howe has received 22 nominations for the AFL’s Mark of the Year.

He has won the overall award once, against Sydney in 2012, and was nominated twice in the same game for the Dees against the Bulldogs earlier that year.

Suddenly Jamie Elliott’s got some high marking competition.

3. The Tasmanian connection
Howe is the latest in a long line of distinguished Tasmanians to call Collingwood his football home.

Some of the finest include:

John Greening (1968-1972; 1974-1976)
Games:
107
Goals:
70
A flamboyant, classy ruck-rover and half-forward from Burnie, Greening had great ball-handling skills and possessed the rare balance that enabled him to take a spectacular mark and race away as soon as he hit the ground. He was a favourite for the 1972 Brownlow Medal, only to be felled against St Kilda mid-way through the season. He returned in 1974 to notch his 100th senior game, but retired two years later.

Graham Wright (1988-1998)
Games:
201
Goals:
107
A hard-running wingman who finished one vote behind Tony Liberatore in the 1990 Brownlow Medal, Wright holds a special place in Collingwood folklore as a member of its 14th premiership.

Paul Williams (1991-2000)
Games:
189
Goals:
223
Blistering speed, a hefty right boot and evasive skills to match it with the best made Williams one of Collingwood’s best players of the 1990s. He left the club at the end of 2000 and went on to become an All-Australian with Sydney, with whom he helped take out the 2005 premiership.

Doug Barwick (1988-1991)
Games:
71
Goals:
90
A highly skilled half forward, Barwick was recruited from East Launceston and after starting out at Fitzroy ended his career as a hero of the 1990 premiership. His two goals against the Dons took his tally to 36 for the season.

James Manson (1985-1992)
Games:
120
Goals:
106
A product of North Hobart, Manson was a versatile big man who was an excellent contested mark. He endeared himself to Collingwood supporters with an unconventional and occasionally unreliable kicking action, and went down in Magpie history as a key member of the 1990 premiership.

Craig Davis (1979-1983)
Games:
102
Goals:
251
Originally recruited from Launceston, Davis topped Collingwood’s goal kicking with 87 goals in 1979 and with 52 goals in 1980. Short for a full forward, Davis made up for it with extreme courage and superb marking.

It’s a shame Howe wasn’t at Collingwood earlier this year when the club played its first match of any kind in Tasmania during the NAB Challenge. Will he get another opportunity before his career is out?

4. New club, new number?
Howe wore the No. 38 in each of his 100 senior games for the Demons.

Will a new club bring about a change in jumper number?

Perhaps it will. Young Magpie Matthew Goodyear is the current owner of the No. 38 jumper.

Since Tyson Goldsack wore in during his first two seasons (2007-2008), the number has seen the light of game day just twice when worn by Peter Yagmoor in 2012.

In fact, no Collingwood player has worn No. 38 for more than three consecutive years since Stuart Atkin (1979-1983).

5. The Bali connection
What is it about Bucks and Bali?

Coach Nathan Buckley has a 100 per cent strike rate when it comes to wooing players to the club during his post-season holiday.

In 2014, it was Travis Varcoe. This time around, it’s Jeremy Howe.

If Howe can produced at a similar level to what Varcoe did this year, we’ll be well pleased.

6. He knows what the real world looks like
Drafted at the age of 20, Howe’s path to football’s highest level didn’t just happen overnight.

He completed four years of an electrical apprenticeship at home in Tasmania, and still turned up to work less than 24 hours after being drafted to the Dees.

“I ended up going to work the next day and my boss was like, 'Congratulations, good to hear. Over the next two weeks we're just going to get as much work as we can while you're still here',” Howe told the Herald Sun’s Eliza Sewell in April 2012.

“I said, 'I'll do today, but I've got to spend the weekend packing my stuff. I've got to go on the weekend'.”

7. The boy from Dodges Ferry
The man who is now a Magpie began his football life as a Shark.

The Dodges Ferry Sharks can proudly claim Jeremy Howe as their own, for it’s where his football journey literally took flight. He later moved on to Hobart, from whom he was drafted to Melbourne with pick No. 33 in the 2010 National Draft.

For the record, the Dodges Ferry Football Club was founded in 1978 and wears a red, yellow and black jumper. The club competes in Tasmania’s Southern Football League and represents a town that, according to the 2006 census, has a population of 2,947 people.

8. 100 and out
Howe will go down in history as one of just two men to have played exactly 100 senior games for Melbourne.

The other, Terry Gleeson, clocked up his ton during the Demons’ golden era between 1953 and 1962. He played in back-to-back premierships against Collingwood in 1955 and 1956, and was a member of his side’s loss to the Magpies in 1958.

9. He’s durable
Since debuting midway through 2011 (round 11, 2011, to be precise), Howe has missed just one senior game (in round 20, 2013).

10. We’re glad he’s on our side now
Don’t you agree, Fas?