George Roughton

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George Roughton
Personal information
Full name William George Roughton
Date of birth (1909-05-11)11 May 1909
Place of birth Manchester, England
Date of death 7 June 1989(1989-06-07) (aged 80)
Place of death Southampton, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Droylsden
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1936 Huddersfield Town 164 (0)
1936–1945 Manchester United 86 (0)
Teams managed
1945–1952 Exeter City
1952–1955 Southampton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William George Roughton (11 May 1909–7 June 1989) was a professional footballer who played for Huddersfield Town and Manchester United in the 1930s and was subsequently manager of Exeter City and Southampton.

Club career[edit]

He started his career at Huddersfield Town, then in Division 1, in 1928 and was a regular member of the team, playing at full-back. He helped Huddersfield to the runners-up position in the 1933–34 season.

In September 1936, he moved back to his native Manchester, joining Manchester United, who were relegated to Division 2 at the end of his first season with them, although they were promoted straight back up as runners-up in 1937–38.

Managerial career[edit]

After World War II, he joined Exeter City as manager. He kept the Grecians on an even keel but did not achieve any real success, generally finishing mid-table in the Third Division (South).

In March 1952, he moved to Southampton, taking over from Sid Cann who had resigned the previous December. As part of the deal with Exeter, Norman Kirkman moved in the opposite direction to become player-manager.

Roughton's time at The Dell was not a great success and the Saints were relegated to Division 3 (South) at the end of his first full season in charge. He was unable to regain Southampton's place in Division 2, and in September 1955, he was asked to resign, to be replaced by the man who would change Southampton's history, Ted Bates.

After leaving Southampton, he worked part-time for the Hampshire F.A.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jimmy Brown
Manchester United captain
1937-1939
Succeeded by
Bill McKay
Preceded by
None
(due to outbreak of the Second World War)
Manchester United captain
1944-1945
Succeeded by
Johnny Carey