Doug Laughton

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Doug Laughton
Personal information
Full name Charles Douglas Laughton
Born (1944-05-13) 13 May 1944 (age 72)[1]
Widnes, Lancashire, England
Playing information
Position Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1963–66 St. Helens 79 14 0 0 42
1967–73 Wigan 185 38 0 0 114
1973–80 Widnes 186 36 0 0 108
Total 450 88 0 0 264
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1964–74 Lancashire 11 5 0 0 15
1970–79 Great Britain 15 7 0 0 21
1977 England 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1978–83 Widnes
1986–91 Widnes
1991–95 Leeds
1995–97 Widnes
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [2]

Charles Douglas "Doug" Laughton (born 13 May 1944[3]) is an English former rugby league footballer and coach. He played club football as a Second Row, or Loose forward for St. Helens, Wigan, Widnes and Canterbury Bulldogs. He also captained Great Britain, winning 15 caps in all,[4] and a further cap for England.[5]

As a coach, he managed Widnes and Leeds.

Playing career[edit]

Widnes-born Laughton played for St. Paul's the Lowerhouse junior team. He then signed as a professional for St. Helens.[6] From there he went to Wigan,[7] before signing for Widnes.

He led Widnes to victory over the Australian tourists in 1978.

In 1979, he captained Great Britain team on a tour of Australia. In 1979, while playing for Widnes, Laughton won the Man of Steel Award.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Laughton played Loose forward/Lock in Widnes' 14–7 victory over Warrington in the 1975 Challenge Cup Final during the 1974–75 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1975, in front of a crowd of 85,998, played Loose forward/Lock in the 5–20 defeat by St. Helens in the 1976 Challenge Cup Final during the 1975–76 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1976, in front of a crowd of 89,982, played Loose forward/Lock in the 7–16 defeat by Leeds in the 1977 Challenge Cup Final during the 1976–77 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 7 May 1977, in front of a crowd of 80,871, and played Loose forward/Lock in the 12–3 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1979 Challenge Cup Final during the 1978–79 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 5 May 1979, in front of a crowd of 94,218.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Doug Laughton played Loose forward/Lock in St. Helens' 12–4 victory over Swinton in the 1964 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1964–65 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 24 October 1964, played Loose forward/Lock in Wigan's 15–8 victory over Widnes in the 1971 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1971–72 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 28 August 1971,[8] played Loose forward/Lock in Widnes' 6–2 victory over Salford in the 1974 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1974–75 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 2 November 1974, played Loose forward/Lock in the 16–11 victory over Workington Town in the 1976 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1976–77 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 30 October 1976, and played Loose forward/Lock and scored 2-tries in the 15–13 victory over Workington Town in the 1978 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1978–79 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 7 October 1978.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Doug Laughton played Loose forward/Lock in St. Helens' 0-4 defeat by Castleford in the 1965 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1965–66 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 14 December 1965, played Loose forward/Lock in Wigan's 7-4 victory over St. Helens in the 1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1968–69 season at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 17 December 1968,[9] played Loose forward/Lock in the 6-11 defeat by Leigh in the 1969 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1969–70 season at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 16 December 1969, played Loose forward/Lock in Widnes' 7-15 defeat by Bramley in the 1973 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1973–74 season at Naughton Park, Widnes on Tuesday 18 December 1973, and played Loose forward/Lock, and was the coach in Widnes' 13-7 victory St. Helens in the 1978 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1978–79 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 12 December 1978.

Player's No.6 Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Doug Laughton played Loose forward/Lock in Widnes' 2-3 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1974–75 Player's No.6 Trophy Final during the 1974–75 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 25 January 1975, and played Loose forward/Lock in the 4-9 defeat by Warrington in the 1977–78 Players No.6 Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 28 January 1978.

Coaching career[edit]

Laughton coached Widnes and Leeds. He had three coaching spells at Widnes between 1978 and 1996. During the 1989–90 Rugby Football League season, he coached defending champions Widnes to their 1989 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Canberra Raiders. He arrived at Leeds in 1991, and took the club to two successive Challenge Cup Finals, but was beaten by Wigan on both occasions. He surprisingly resigned at the end of the 1994–95 season.[10]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Doug Laughton was the coach in Widnes 12-3 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1979 Challenge Cup Final during the 1978–79 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 5 May 1979, in front of a crowd of 94,218, was the coach in the 18-9 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1981 Challenge Cup Final during the 1980–81 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 2 May 1981, in front of a crowd of 92,496, was the coach in the 14-14 draw with Hull F.C. in the 1982 Challenge Cup Final during the 1981–82 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1982, in front of a crowd of 92,147, and was the coach in the 9-18 defeat by Hull F.C. in the 1982 Challenge Cup Final replay during the 1981–82 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Wednesday 19 May 1982, in front of a crowd of 41,171.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doug Laughton". The National Archive of Rugby League. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Quirke, Andrew; Laughton, Doug (2003). A Dream Come True: A Rugby League Life. London: London League Publications. ISBN 978-1903659120. 
  3. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Duggie Laughton". Saints Heritage Society. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Doug Laughton". cherryandwhite.co.uk. rlfans.com. 
  8. ^ "1971–1972 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "1968-1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Hadfield, Dave. "Leeds stunned as Laughton resigns". The Independent. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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