Bobby Langton

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Bobby Langton
Personal information
Full name Robert Langton
Date of birth (1918-09-08)8 September 1918
Place of birth Burscough, Lancashire, England
Date of death 13 January 1996(1996-01-13) (aged 77)
Place of death Burscough, England
Playing position Outside-left
Youth career
Burscough Victoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938–1948 Blackburn Rovers 107 (24)
1948–1949 Preston North End 58 (14)
1949–1953 Bolton Wanderers 118 (16)
1953–1956 Blackburn Rovers 105 (33)
1956–1957 Ards 41 (12)
National team
1946–1950 England 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert "Bobby" Langton (8 September 1918 – 13 January 1996) was an English footballer who played for the majority of his career for Lancashire clubs. He played mostly on the left wing.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Burscough, he signed for Blackburn Rovers from youth team Burscough Victoria in 1937. He became the team's leading scorer in his second season with fourteen goals but his career was curtailed by the Second World War which he spent part of as an infantryman in India, although when stationed in Northern Ireland he did help Glentoran to win the Irish Cup in 1945.

He won the first of eleven England caps in a 7–2 defeat of Northern Ireland in 1946 and would go on to play for the national team until 1950 by which time he had changed clubs twice, first to Preston North End for £16,000 in 1948 and then on to Bolton Wanderers for a then club record of £20,000 in November 1949.[1] At Bolton he provided many goals for Willie Moir and Nat Lofthouse, picking up a losers medal in the Matthews Cup Final, in which he made a goal for Moir.

In dispute with Bolton in the run up to the final, it proved to be Langton's final game for the club. He returned to Blackburn Rovers in September 1953 and served them for a further three years before seeing out his professional career back in Northern Ireland with Ards. Langton then went into non-league football, with three seasons at Wisbech Town before moving to Kidderminster Harriers and finally seeing his career out with a one month spell at Colwyn Bay.

Management career[edit]

Scouting for Accrington Stanley followed, as well as coaching for King's Lynn and Wisbech before he finally returned home to Burscough to become manager of the local team where he won the Lancashire Combination Cup and the Lancashire Junior Cup. He finally left football in 1971.[2] Bobby Langton died after a short illness in January 1996. Two years later the road that goes past Burscough's ground was renamed Bobby Langton Way after him.[3]


  1. ^ Ivan Ponting and Barry Hugman (1994). The Concise Post War History of Bolton Wanderers. Repvern Publishing. ISBN 1-869833-27-9. 
  2. ^ Ponting, Ivan (24 January 1996). "OBITUARY: Bobby Langton". The Independent. Retrieved 11 September 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Bobby Langton: Burscough's most famous son". Retrieved 11 September 2008. 

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