Ken Houghton

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Ken Houghton (born 18 October 1939 in Rotherham) is a former football midfielder and manager.

After spending time as a schoolboy on the books of Sheffield United F.C. Houghton was released without turning professional and went to work as a miner in Silverwood Colliery, playing football for their amateur side alongside his work. He then signed for Rotherham United (initially as an amateur before going full-time) and established himself as a regular for the club, gaining a runner-up medal in the inaugural Football League Cup. He was signed for Hull City A.F.C. early in the 1964–65 season by manager Cliff Britton and became the link between City's defence and the attacking force of the mid to late sixties – Ken Wagstaff, Chris Chilton and Butler. Arguably the 1965–66 season was the most successful and vibrant season that Hull City fans have ever known and Ken Houghton was very much part of this era. He was well known for his pinpoint passes and possessed a blistering right footed shot.

The midfielder departed Hull in close season 1973 to sign for Scunthorpe United F.C. for a year before signing as a player coach with Scarborough F.C., where he took the team to the FA Trophy final at Wembley in 1975, losing 4-0 to Matlock Town. He finished his playing career at Bridlington Town A.F.C..

As the manager of Hull City his record was modest, although to his credit he did sign the legendary goalscorer Keith Edwards from Sheffield United for a bargain fee.

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