Glentoran is sorry to announce that David Howland has left the club after 6 years at the Oval. Having now graduated as a physiotherapist he has secured a job with the academy at Crewe Alexandra FC.
David (29) joined the club from Port Vale and immediately made his debut in central midfield in a home scoreless draw against Linfield. The longest serving outfield first team player at the club, he went on to make 125 appearances, scoring 13 goals.
David will always be identified by Glenmen with his man of the match performance in the Irish Cup Final v Cliftonville in May 2013. However that was to be the beginning of the end of David’s playing career as early the following season he contracted the knee injury that restricted him to just 18 appearances in the past 3 seasons. His last game Glens colours was in a 1 v 3 home defeat to Ballymena on 5 September 2015. Sadly his injury flared up again following that match and despite all his best efforts he has been unable to make a full recovery.
Everyone at Glentoran wishes David all the very best for his future, both inside and outside football. Such an honest player will always be welcome when he visits the Oval.