Ray Houghton

Ray Houghton

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Ray Houghton

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Raymond James "Ray" Houghton (born 9 January 1962, Castlemilk, Glasgow, Scotland) is a retired Scottish-born footballer who represented the Republic of Ireland at international level, qualifying through his Irish father. Houghton is remembered by Irish soccer fans for being the scorer of two of the most important goals in the national team's history, which resulted in 1–0 victories over England in Stuttgart at UEFA Euro 1988, and Italy at the Giants Stadium in New York at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. At club level Houghton is best remembered for his success in the great Liverpool side of the late 1980s.

Club career

Early career

Houghton was born in Castlemilk, Glasgow but began his football career in London at West Ham United where he came through the ranks and signed professional forms as a 17 year-old on 5 July 1979. Houghton's endeavour failed to make any impact at Upton Park and after 3 years, in which he made just 1 appearance as substitute, he was on the move. On 7 July 1982 he moved on to Fulham on a free transfer.

Fulham F.C.

Malcolm MacDonald had Tony Gale (later a Premier League title winner with Blackburn Rovers), Paul Parker (who went on to win several major trophies with Manchester United, Gerry Peyton (Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper) and Ray Lewington (ex-Chelsea) to form a mixture of youth and experience which ultimately won Fulham promotion to the...
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