Randy Horton

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Not to be confused with Randy Orton.
Randy Horton
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Personal information
Full name Kenneth Howard Randolph Horton
Date of birth (1945-01-22) 22 January 1945 (age 69)
Place of birth Somerset, Bermuda
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966-1970 Somerset Trojans
1970 Philadelphia Ukrainians
1971-1974 New York Cosmos 52 (29)
1975 Washington Diplomats 18 (7)
1976 Hartford Bicentennials 4 (1)
Total 93 (52)
National team
1967–1969 Bermuda
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
The Honourable
Randolph Horton
JP MP
Member of the Bermudan Parliament
for Constituency #32 - Southampton West
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 January 1998

The Honourable Kenneth Howard Randolph "Randy" Horton, JP, MP is a former soccer and cricket player from Bermuda who is currently Speaker of the House of Assembly of Bermuda. He was named North American Soccer League Most Valuable Player in 1972.

Biography[edit]

Horton was born on 22 January 1945 in Bermuda. He attended Culham College in England and Rutgers University in the United States.

Sports[edit]

A top level cricketer offered trials to play for Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Horton turned down the opportunity to play English County cricket and Football League football for Huddersfield Town to stay in a warmer climate following completing his Oxford University Institute of Education Teacher Training Certificate from Culham College in Oxfordshire, England. He represented Bermuda national cricket team five times between 1969 and 1980.[1]

Soccer[edit]

Club career[edit]

He signed with the New York Cosmos as was named NASL Rookie of the Year and First Team all-star for the 1971 season.

The Cosmos won the league championship in 1972 as Horton was named league MVP, as voted by the players, as he led the league in scoring with 22 goals in 13 games. He also scored New York's first goal in their 2–1 Finals win over St. Louis.[2] After the 1972 season Horton was offered a contract with Queens Park Rangers by their manager Gordon Jago. Horton decided to remain with Cosmos and complete his Masters Degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Horton played two more summers with the Cosmos before being traded to the Washington Diplomats for three first-round draft picks. After a season in Washington, he finished his NASL career playing for the Hartford Bicentennials.

In Bermuda, Horton played for and coached the Somerset Trojans and represented Bermuda.

Politics[edit]

Horton has been a member of the Bermuda Parliament since 1998 and has held cabinet positions as Community Affairs and Sports Minister, Education Minister, Environment Minister and Labour Home Affairs and Public Safety Minister. On February 8, 2013 he was elected unopposed as Speaker of the House of Assembly, becoming the first member of an opposition party to hold that position.

Awards[edit]

  • 1971 Rookie of the Year for the New York Cosmos
  • 1971 First Team All-Star (NASL)
  • 1972 Most Valuable Player in NASL
  • 1972 Leading Scorer in NASL
  • 1972 Leading Goal Scorer in NASL
  • 1972 First Team All-Star (NASL)
  • 1973 Second Team All-Star (NASL)
  • 1974 Honorable Mention All-Star (NASL)[3]
  • 1974, Bermuda Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Person Award
  • 1981, Selected as one of Ten Most Admired Adults in Bermuda by the Annual Teen Conference[4]

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