Roughton, George

Birth Date

11th May 1909


Manchester, England



Biographical Text

Roughton commenced his career with Droylsden. He signed for Huddersfield Town in 1928 and went on to make 164 league appearances for the club.

He played in the Football Association team that toured Canada in 1931, as did Exeter City’s Harold Houghton.

He was also a member of the Huddersfield team that were First Division runners-up in 1933-34.

He was transferred to Manchester United in September 1936 and featured in a further 86 league games for them.

Signing for Exeter City in 1945-46, he played in 10 matches in the Division three South (South of the Thames) league, making his debut against Bristol Rovers at St James’ Park in September 1945.

Roughton was appointed manager of Exeter City in October 1945 and therefore had the massive task of rebuilding a team following the war years. He stayed in charge of the Grecians until March 1952 when he took over as manager of Southampton.

Unfortunately Roughton suffered heart problems and his continuing poor health forced him to retire form the game in September 1955, although he did work part time for the Hampshire Football Association. He died in 1989.



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