Lou Houghton

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
25-01-1903
N/A
04-01-1924
Pocket Nook Shamrocks
13-11-1924 v Swinton
Wigan
1930- Wigan
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1924-1930
233 (0)
17
0
0
51

BIOGRAPHY

Lou Houghton by Alex Service

Once described as a ‘big bear of a forward,’ Lou Houghton holds the distinction of scoring the first-ever try for St.Helens in a Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, against Widnes in 1930. He followed up a cross-kick from winger Alf Ellaby and was on hand to touch down. Unfortunately, his try came to nothing, as the struggling Saints were beaten 10-3 by a much livelier Widnes outfit. A local lad from Haydock, Lou signed from Pocket Nook Shamrocks on 4 January 1924, making his debut in the First Team the following November in a 6-20 defeat against Swinton at Knowsley Road. Despite his size, he was a mobile forward, who went on to notch 17 tries in his career from 233 appearances.

The Saints had started to build a team capable of challenging for major honours by the mid-1920s and played their neighbours St.Helens Recreation in the Lancashire Cup Final at Warrington on 20 November 1926. In a rain-lashed encounter, the Saints were always in command and Houghton’s unstinting tackling and work-rate was a key factor in the first major honour won by the St.Helens club in the Northern Rugby League. The Recs gained revenge in the League Championship semi-final at City Road, however, with a resounding 33-0 victory. After a mass brawl, Lou, together with his team-mate Walter Groves and the Recs’ loose forward Mulvanney, was dismissed by referee Chambers. A fiery character on occasions, he could certainly look after himself on the field!

Lou was selected for Lancashire on three occasions, his first being against New Zealand at Mather Lane, Leigh, on 3 January 1927, when the Red Rose county recorded a resounding 28-3 success. His other county matches were in 1930/31, against Yorkshire and Cumberland. Lou also played once for England as a Saint, when they beat the Welsh 11-8 at The Cliff, Broughton on 6 April 1927, although he never appeared in any of the Trials for the Australian Tour in 1928. He won a Lancashire League Winner’s medal in 1929/30 but fell out of favour with the St.Helens club half-way through the next campaign, when he was transferred to rivals Wigan for a bargain £325 fee, on 9 January 1931. Lou’s last match for St.Helens was against Wigan on Boxing Day! The club’s wages book reveals he got paid two pounds and five shillings for the match, somewhat below that of star winger Alf Ellaby who received seven pounds!

Lou was a member of Wigan’s Championship-winning squad of 1933/34, although he missed the Championship Final against Salford. He made 96 appearances for the Riversiders, including a further England appearance, against Wales at Huddersfield on 18 March 1931. A popular character, his transfer was met with much sadness amongst St.Helens supporters.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1924~251 0 0 20
1925~263 0 0 34
1926~27 4 0 0 39
1927~282 0 0 32
1928~29 1 0 0 40
1929~306 0 0 51
1930~31 0 0 0 17
TOTALS:17 0 0 233
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1926~270001
1929~30 1001
TOTALS:1002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
13th Nov 1924 L 10 Swinton L 1924~25 H 6 20 V
15th Nov 1924 L 10 Salford L 1924~25 A 3 13 V
22nd Nov 1924 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 H 12 2 V
29th Nov 1924 W 10 Keighley L 1924~25 A 5 4 V
6th Dec 1924 W 10 Dewsbury L 1924~25 H 21 2 V
13th Dec 1924 W 10 Leigh L 1924~25 H 21 3 V
20th Dec 1924 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 A 0 11 V
25th Dec 1924 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 H 7 5 V
26th Dec 1924 L 10 Wigan L 1924~25 H 7 13 V
27th Dec 1924 L 10 Dewsbury L 1924~25 A 0 8 V
1st Jan 1925 D 10 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 A 5 5 V
3rd Jan 1925 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 H 15 2 1 V
10th Jan 1925 L 10 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 A 8 12 V
17th Jan 1925 L 10 Oldham L 1924~25 H 5 24 V
24th Jan 1925 L 10 Swinton L 1924~25 A 3 49 V
31st Jan 1925 W 10 Salford L OBJ 1924~25 H 14 0 V
2nd Feb 1925 W 10 Barrow L 1924~25 H 12 8 V
7th Feb 1925 L 10 Oldham L 1924~25 A 5 32 V
10th Apr 1925 L 10 Wigan L 1924~25 A 4 51 V
13th Apr 1925 W 10 Hull L 1924~25 H 10 8 V
5th Sep 1925 L 10 Widnes L 1925~26 A 5 11 V
12th Sep 1925 W 10 Barrow L 1925~26 H 22 3 V
19th Sep 1925 L 10 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 A 3 7 V
26th Sep 1925 W 10 Batley L 1925~26 H 15 3 V
3rd Oct 1925 L 10 Swinton L 1925~26 A 5 12 V
10th Oct 1925 L 11 Leigh LC1 1925~26 A 7 10 V
17th Oct 1925 L 11 Oldham L 1925~26 H 3 16 V
24th Oct 1925 W 10 Hunslet L 1925~26 A 14 5 V
31st Oct 1925 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1925~26 H 3 9 V
21st Nov 1925 W 10 Warrington L 1925~26 H 12 9 V
28th Nov 1925 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1925~26 A 25 6 V
12th Dec 1925 L 10 Salford L 1925~26 A 3 17 V
16th Dec 1925 W 10 Dewsbury L 1925~26 H 7 0 V
19th Dec 1925 L 10 Swinton L 1925~26 H 9 10 V
25th Dec 1925 D 10 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 A 3 3 V
26th Dec 1925 L 10 Wigan L 1925~26 H 5 10 V
1st Jan 1926 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 H 4 2 V
2nd Jan 1926 L 10 Oldham L 1925~26 A 6 24 V
9th Jan 1926 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 H 16 6 1 V
16th Jan 1926 L 10 Warrington L 1925~26 A 7 9 V
23rd Jan 1926 W 10 Salford L OBJ 1925~26 H 13 10 V
30th Jan 1926 W 10 Batley L 1925~26 A 7 0 V
6th Feb 1926 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 H 24 8 V
13th Feb 1926 W 10 Widnes CC1 1925~26 A 10 7 V
20th Feb 1926 W 10 Leigh L 1925~26 A 6 0 V
27th Feb 1926 L 10 Hull CC2 1925~26 H 7 10 V
6th Mar 1926 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 A 15 10 V
15th Mar 1926 W 10 Hunslet L 1925~26 H 16 8 1 V
20th Mar 1926 L 10 Barrow L 1925~26 A 2 9 V
27th Mar 1926 W 10 Keighley L 1925~26 H 34 10 V
2nd Apr 1926 L 10 Wigan L 1925~26 A 18 30 V
5th Apr 1926 W 10 Leigh L 1925~26 H 37 2 V
6th Apr 1926 W 10 Keighley L 1925~26 A 12 2 1 V
10th Apr 1926 D 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1925~26 A 0 0 V
28th Aug 1926 W 10 Widnes L 1926~27 A 8 5 V
4th Sep 1926 L 10 Widnes L 1926~27 H 7 10 V
11th Sep 1926 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1926~27 A 15 0 V
18th Sep 1926 W 10 Barrow L 1926~27 H 38 3 V
25th Sep 1926 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1926~27 A 15 7 V
2nd Oct 1926 W 10 Pontypridd L 1926~27 H 35 13 V
7th Oct 1926 W 10 Pemberton LC1 1926~27 H 51 8 V
16th Oct 1926 L 10 Warrington L 1926~27 A 5 16 1 V
21st Oct 1926 W 10 Swinton LC2 1926~27 H 29 18 V
23rd Oct 1926 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1926~27 H 48 3 V
30th Oct 1926 W 10 Barrow L 1926~27 A 11 10 V
13th Nov 1926 L 10 Salford L 1926~27 A 5 8 V
20th Nov 1926 W 10 St. Helens Recs LCF 1926~27 N 10 2 V
27th Nov 1926 W 10 York L 1926~27 H 54 3 V
4th Dec 1926 L 10 Oldham L 1926~27 A 5 26 V
8th Dec 1926 W 10 New Zealand Tour 1926~27 H 22 12 V
11th Dec 1926 W 10 Warrington L 1926~27 H 31 11 2 V
18th Dec 1926 L 10 Leigh L 1926~27 A 3 6 V
25th Dec 1926 D 10 St. Helens Recs L 1926~27 H 6 6 V
27th Dec 1926 L 10 Wigan L 1926~27 H 13 14 V
1st Jan 1927 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1926~27 A 8 17 V
8th Jan 1927 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 A 15 7 V
15th Jan 1927 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1926~27 H 17 8 V
22nd Jan 1927 W 10 Batley L 1926~27 A 15 5 V
29th Jan 1927 W 8 Leeds L 1926~27 H 18 6 V
5th Feb 1927 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1926~27 A 0 4 V
12th Feb 1927 L 10 York CC1 1926~27 A 3 9 V
19th Feb 1927 W 10 Batley L 1926~27 H 13 8 V
5th Mar 1927 L 10 Swinton L 1926~27 A 3 24 V
8th Mar 1927 W 10 Oldham L 1926~27 H 21 10 V
19th Mar 1927 L 10 York L 1926~27 A 6 15 V
26th Mar 1927 W 10 Pontypridd L 1926~27 A 10 5 V
2nd Apr 1927 W 10 Salford L 1926~27 H 8 3 V
9th Apr 1927 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 H 16 0 1 V
15th Apr 1927 W 10 Wigan L 1926~27 A 10 8 V
16th Apr 1927 W 10 Swinton L 1926~27 H 27 0 V
18th Apr 1927 W 10 Leigh L 1926~27 H 18 5 V
20th Apr 1927 W 10 Leeds L 1926~27 A 21 10 V
23rd Apr 1927 L 10 St. Helens Recs ChSF 1926~27 A 0 33 V
12th May 1927 L 8 Barrow* Fr Lonsdale Hospital 1926~27 L 8 16 V
29th Aug 1927 L 10 Leeds L 1927~28 A 7 18 V
10th Sep 1927 L 10 Swinton L 1927~28 H 20 26 V
14th Sep 1927 W 10 Dewsbury L 1927~28 H 8 2 V
17th Sep 1927 L 10 Hunslet L 1927~28 A 10 12 V
24th Sep 1927 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1927~28 H 21 8 V
1st Oct 1927 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 A 6 2 V
8th Oct 1927 L 10 Swinton LC1 1927~28 H 7 13 V
15th Oct 1927 W 10 Salford L 1927~28 H 44 10 V
22nd Oct 1927 D 10 Hull L 1927~28 A 5 5 V
29th Oct 1927 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 H 15 5 1 V
5th Nov 1927 W 10 Warrington L 1927~28 A 8 4 V
12th Nov 1927 W 10 Warrington L 1927~28 H 13 0 V
19th Nov 1927 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 H 10 2 V
26th Nov 1927 L 10 Oldham L 1927~28 A 2 11 V
3rd Dec 1927 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 H 25 7 V
26th Dec 1927 L 10 Wigan L 1927~28 H 13 20 V
29th Dec 1927 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1927~28 H 5 22 V
7th Jan 1928 W 10 Leeds L 1927~28 H 8 0 1 V
18th Jan 1928 W 10 Dewsbury L 1927~28 A 6 0 V
21st Jan 1928 W 10 Hull L 1927~28 H 14 5 V
4th Feb 1928 L 10 Leigh L 1927~28 A 5 10 V
11th Feb 1928 L 10 Oldham CC1 1927~28 A 5 15 V
18th Feb 1928 L 10 Oldham L 1927~28 H 13 14 V
3rd Mar 1928 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 A 11 0 V
10th Mar 1928 W 10 Barrow L 1927~28 H 15 6 V
17th Mar 1928 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 H 24 0 V
24th Mar 1928 L 10 Swinton L 1927~28 A 3 5 V
31st Mar 1928 L 10 Barrow L 1927~28 A 10 14 V
6th Apr 1928 L 10 Wigan L 1927~28 A 11 21 V
7th Apr 1928 L 10 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 A 15 20 V
9th Apr 1928 W 10 Hunslet L 1927~28 H 30 10 V
10th Apr 1928 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 A 5 15 V
25th Aug 1928 L 10 Widnes L 1928~29 A 0 2 V
1st Sep 1928 D 10 Widnes L 1928~29 H 12 12 V
8th Sep 1928 W 10 Carlisle City L 1928~29 A 8 5 V
15th Sep 1928 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1928~29 H 12 5 V
19th Sep 1928 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1928~29 H 6 0 V
22nd Sep 1928 W 10 Dewsbury L 1928~29 A 17 7 V
29th Sep 1928 D 10 Hunslet L 1928~29 H 13 13 V
6th Oct 1928 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1928~29 A 27 5 V
13th Oct 1928 W 10 Broughton Rangers LC1 1928~29 A 15 10 V
20th Oct 1928 W 10 Dewsbury L 1928~29 H 22 9 V
24th Oct 1928 L 10 Warrington LC2 1928~29 A 11 14 V
10th Nov 1928 D 10 Leeds L 1928~29 A 8 8 V
17th Nov 1928 W 10 Halifax L 1928~29 H 12 6 V
22nd Dec 1928 W 10 Warrington L 1928~29 A 13 4 V
25th Dec 1928 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 H 0 5 V
26th Dec 1928 L 10 Wigan L 1928~29 H 2 10 V
29th Dec 1928 W 10 Leigh L 1928~29 A 3 0 V
1st Jan 1929 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 A 2 8 V
5th Jan 1929 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 H 23 3 V
12th Jan 1929 L 10 Salford L 1928~29 A 7 10 V
19th Jan 1929 L 10 Swinton L 1928~29 H 2 3 V
26th Jan 1929 L 10 Barrow L 1928~29 A 6 16 V
2nd Feb 1929 D 10 Salford L 1928~29 H 11 11 V
9th Feb 1929 W 10 Lindley CC1 1928~29 H 32 2 V
23rd Feb 1929 W 10 Keighley CC2 1928~29 H 26 5 V
2nd Mar 1929 W 10 Leigh L 1928~29 H 23 2 V
9th Mar 1929 D 10 Wigan CC3 1928~29 H 2 2 V
13th Mar 1929 L 10 Wigan CC3(rep) 1928~29 A 5 25 V
16th Mar 1929 L 10 Leeds L 1928~29 H 5 20 V
23rd Mar 1929 L 10 Halifax L 1928~29 A 8 19 V
29th Mar 1929 L 10 Wigan L 1928~29 A 8 28 V
30th Mar 1929 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1928~29 H 47 5 V
1st Apr 1929 W 10 Barrow L 1928~29 H 9 5 V
3rd Apr 1929 L 10 Hunslet L 1928~29 A 3 53 V
6th Apr 1929 L 8 Hull K.R. L 1928~29 A 0 12 V
13th Apr 1929 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 A 12 5 V
20th Apr 1929 W 10 Warrington L 1928~29 H 29 8 1 V
22nd Apr 1929 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1928~29 A 28 19 V
27th Apr 1929 W 10 Hull L 1928~29 H 24 7 V
30th Apr 1929 L 10 Broughton Rangers L 1928~29 A 7 14 V
31st Aug 1929 L 12 Widnes L 1929~30 H 0 3 V
4th Sep 1929 L 10 Leeds L 1929~30 A 5 7 V
7th Sep 1929 W 10 Widnes L 1929~30 A 21 8 V
14th Sep 1929 D 10 Hunslet L 1929~30 H 8 8 1 V
19th Sep 1929 W 10 Leeds L 1929~30 H 22 7 V
22nd Sep 1929 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 A 11 7 V
24th Sep 1929 W 10 Oldham L 1929~30 H 20 13 V
2nd Oct 1929 L 10 Hull L 1929~30 A 5 8 V
5th Oct 1929 L 10 Halifax L 1929~30 A 13 19 V
12th Oct 1929 W 10 Broughton Rangers LC1 1929~30 A 10 9 V
19th Oct 1929 W 10 Salford L 1929~30 H 18 12 V
23rd Oct 1929 D 10 Salford LC2 1929~30 H 8 8 V
26th Oct 1929 L 10 Castleford L 1929~30 H 10 20 V
30th Oct 1929 L 10 Salford LC2(rep) 1929~30 A 3 13 V
2nd Nov 1929 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1929~30 A 8 3 V
9th Nov 1929 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1929~30 H 24 5 V
16th Nov 1929 D 10 Australia Tour 1929~30 H 18 18 V
23rd Nov 1929 L 10 Leigh L 1929~30 A 3 5 V
30th Nov 1929 W 10 York L 1929~30 A 18 5 V
7th Dec 1929 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 H 8 0 V
14th Dec 1929 W 10 Barrow L 1929~30 A 12 2 V
21st Dec 1929 W 10 Barrow L 1929~30 H 19 6 V
25th Dec 1929 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1929~30 H 8 3 V
26th Dec 1929 W 10 Wigan L 1929~30 H 14 5 V
28th Dec 1929 L 10 Castleford L 1929~30 A 0 5 V
1st Jan 1930 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1929~30 A 0 3 V
4th Jan 1930 L 10 Oldham L 1929~30 A 4 20 V
11th Jan 1930 W 10 Halifax L 1929~30 H 23 2 V
18th Jan 1930 L 10 Warrington L 1929~30 A 5 22 V
25th Jan 1930 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 H 32 5 V
1st Feb 1930 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 A 22 0 V
8th Feb 1930 W 10 St. Helens Recs CC1 1929~30 H 9 7 V
15th Feb 1930 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1929~30 A 16 5 1 V
22nd Feb 1930 W 10 Leeds CC2 1929~30 A 18 5 V
1st Mar 1930 W 10 Leigh L 1929~30 H 23 2 V
8th Mar 1930 W 10 Hunslet CC3 1929~30 H 22 7 V
15th Mar 1930 L 10 Salford L 1929~30 A 2 11 V
22nd Mar 1930 W 10 Hull L 1929~30 H 23 4 1 V
29th Mar 1930 D 10 Wigan CCSF 1929~30 N 5 5 V
2nd Apr 1930 W 10 Wigan CCSF(rep) 1929~30 N 22 10 V
5th Apr 1930 L 10 Hunslet L 1929~30 A 11 14 1 V
9th Apr 1930 W 10 Swinton L 1929~30 A 8 3 V
12th Apr 1930 W 10 Batley L 1929~30 H 19 3 V
14th Apr 1930 W 10 Warrington L 1929~30 H 23 15 V
17th Apr 1930 W 10 Batley L 1929~30 A 15 11 V
18th Apr 1930 W 10 Wigan L 1929~30 A 8 3 V
19th Apr 1930 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1929~30 H 31 17 V
21st Apr 1930 W 10 York L 1929~30 H 29 0 1 V
22nd Apr 1930 W 10 Swinton L 1929~30 H 8 4 V
26th Apr 1930 L 10 Leeds ChSF 1929~30 H 6 10 V
3rd May 1930 L 10 Widnes CCF 1929~30 N 3 10 1 V
10th May 1930 W 10 Wigan * Fr 1929~30 L 21 14 1 V
30th Aug 1930 W 10 Widnes L 1930~31 A 21 7 V
6th Sep 1930 L 10 Widnes L 1930~31 H 5 9 V
10th Sep 1930 L 10 Salford L 1930~31 A 5 11 V
13th Sep 1930 L 10 Swinton L 1930~31 A 3 12 V
20th Sep 1930 W 10 Warrington L 1930~31 H 18 12 V
27th Sep 1930 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1930~31 A 21 5 V
11th Oct 1930 L 10 Wigan LC1 1930~31 A 7 24 V
25th Oct 1930 W 10 York L 1930~31 A 10 4 V
1st Nov 1930 W 10 Bramley L 1930~31 H 34 14 V
8th Nov 1930 W 10 Huddersfield L 1930~31 A 10 5 V
22nd Nov 1930 W 10 Barrow L 1930~31 A 7 4 V
29th Nov 1930 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 H 33 15 V
6th Dec 1930 W 8 Wigan Highfield L 1930~31 A 10 7 V
13th Dec 1930 W 10 Oldham L 1930~31 H 7 2 V
20th Dec 1930 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 A 9 2 V
25th Dec 1930 W 8 St. Helens Recs L 1930~31 H 7 6 V
26th Dec 1930 L 8 Wigan L 1930~31 H 2 23 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 231 OTHER 2 = 233
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 233

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