Pat Howard joined Newcastle back in 1971 and was given the captaincy by manager Joe Harvey in 1975.
The center-back left for Arsenal the next year after playing 184 games for Newcastle with 7 goals.
Pat has been interviewed today and reflects on what it must be like for Jamaal Lascelles to be the young captain of Newcastle United – first in a promotion push last season and now in a relegation scrap – another relegation scrap.
Jamaal Lascelles – coping well with the captaincy
This is what Pat Howard has said as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“I think the armband has weighed heavy on him, even last season when the club were in the Championship.”
“It’s tough because things aren’t brilliant at the moment and they are obviously battling against relegation.”
“His position is a vital position, you have to be able to organize those around you and I always feel you have to be a very good talker.”
“But you have to look after your own game, not just the other, and I think he struggled with that at first.”
“It’s a tough job being a captain, being a young captain is even tougher so there has to be a level of maturity in there, which I think he has.”
“But I really like him as a player and as a captain.” “His game is good, he’s strong, he reads the game well and he is good in the air.”
“He has grown into the captaincy and he is developing very well as a Premier League defender”
“Everyone knows what Rafa Benitez has done in the game, so for him to show such belief in Jamaal, at such a young age, would have done wonders for the player’s confidence.”
“I know exactly how Jamaal would have felt when Rafa Benitez told him that he would lead this great club.”
Jamaal made the Championship Team of the Season last year even though he had a groin problem picked up in October 2016, and he played through the pain.
He had that operated on as soon as we had captured promotion last year, and he has been an almost every present for Newcastle this term and has played well with both Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejeune.
Jamaal is turning out to be an excellent young captain of the side.
He’s playing very well at the moment and we have to remain very solid in defense if we are to get the four wins we need in the final 11 games of the season to be safe.