Lou Houghton

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
25-01-1903
N/A
04-01-1924
Pocket Nook Shamrocks
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
13-11-1924 v Swinton
Wigan
1930- Wigan
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1924-1930
233 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
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. In 1939, Lou was living in Park Street, Haydock and working as a Builder’s Labourer. He died in St Helens in March 1974, aged 71.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1924~251 0 0 20
1925~263 0 0 34
1926~274 0 0 39
1927~282 0 0 32
1928~29 1 0 0 40
1929~306 0 0 51
1930~310 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 VIEW
15th Nov 1924 L 10 Salford L 1924~25 A 3 13 VIEW
22nd Nov 1924 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 H 12 2 VIEW
29th Nov 1924 W 10 Keighley L 1924~25 A 5 4 VIEW
6th Dec 1924 W 10 Dewsbury L 1924~25 H 21 2 VIEW
13th Dec 1924 W 10 Leigh L 1924~25 H 21 3 VIEW
20th Dec 1924 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 A 0 11 VIEW
25th Dec 1924 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 H 7 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1924 L 10 Wigan L 1924~25 H 7 13 VIEW
27th Dec 1924 L 10 Dewsbury L 1924~25 A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1925 D 10 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 A 5 5 VIEW
3rd Jan 1925 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 H 15 2 1 VIEW
10th Jan 1925 L 10 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 A 8 12 VIEW
17th Jan 1925 L 10 Oldham L 1924~25 H 5 24 VIEW
24th Jan 1925 L 10 Swinton L 1924~25 A 3 49 VIEW
31st Jan 1925 W 10 Salford L OBJ 1924~25 H 14 0 VIEW
2nd Feb 1925 W 10 Barrow L 1924~25 H 12 8 VIEW
7th Feb 1925 L 10 Oldham L 1924~25 A 5 32 VIEW
10th Apr 1925 L 10 Wigan L 1924~25 A 4 51 VIEW
13th Apr 1925 W 10 Hull L 1924~25 H 10 8 VIEW
5th Sep 1925 L 10 Widnes L 1925~26 A 5 11 VIEW
12th Sep 1925 W 10 Barrow L 1925~26 H 22 3 VIEW
19th Sep 1925 L 10 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 A 3 7 VIEW
26th Sep 1925 W 10 Batley L 1925~26 H 15 3 VIEW
3rd Oct 1925 L 10 Swinton L 1925~26 A 5 12 VIEW
10th Oct 1925 L 11 Leigh LC1 1925~26 A 7 10 VIEW
17th Oct 1925 L 11 Oldham L 1925~26 H 3 16 VIEW
24th Oct 1925 W 10 Hunslet L 1925~26 A 14 5 VIEW
31st Oct 1925 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1925~26 H 3 9 VIEW
21st Nov 1925 W 10 Warrington L 1925~26 H 12 9 VIEW
28th Nov 1925 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1925~26 A 25 6 VIEW
12th Dec 1925 L 10 Salford L 1925~26 A 3 17 VIEW
16th Dec 1925 W 10 Dewsbury L 1925~26 H 7 0 VIEW
19th Dec 1925 L 10 Swinton L 1925~26 H 9 10 VIEW
25th Dec 1925 D 10 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 A 3 3 VIEW
26th Dec 1925 L 10 Wigan L 1925~26 H 5 10 VIEW
1st Jan 1926 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 H 4 2 VIEW
2nd Jan 1926 L 10 Oldham L 1925~26 A 6 24 VIEW
9th Jan 1926 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 H 16 6 1 VIEW
16th Jan 1926 L 10 Warrington L 1925~26 A 7 9 VIEW
23rd Jan 1926 W 10 Salford L OBJ 1925~26 H 13 10 VIEW
30th Jan 1926 W 10 Batley L 1925~26 A 7 0 VIEW
6th Feb 1926 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 H 24 8 VIEW
13th Feb 1926 W 10 Widnes CC1 1925~26 A 10 7 VIEW
20th Feb 1926 W 10 Leigh L 1925~26 A 6 0 VIEW
27th Feb 1926 L 10 Hull CC2 1925~26 H 7 10 VIEW
6th Mar 1926 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 A 15 10 VIEW
15th Mar 1926 W 10 Hunslet L 1925~26 H 16 8 1 VIEW
20th Mar 1926 L 10 Barrow L 1925~26 A 2 9 VIEW
27th Mar 1926 W 10 Keighley L 1925~26 H 34 10 VIEW
2nd Apr 1926 L 10 Wigan L 1925~26 A 18 30 VIEW
5th Apr 1926 W 10 Leigh L 1925~26 H 37 2 VIEW
6th Apr 1926 W 10 Keighley L 1925~26 A 12 2 1 VIEW
10th Apr 1926 D 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1925~26 A 0 0 VIEW
28th Aug 1926 W 10 Widnes L 1926~27 A 8 5 VIEW
4th Sep 1926 L 10 Widnes L 1926~27 H 7 10 VIEW
11th Sep 1926 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1926~27 A 15 0 VIEW
18th Sep 1926 W 10 Barrow L 1926~27 H 38 3 VIEW
25th Sep 1926 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1926~27 A 15 7 VIEW
2nd Oct 1926 W 10 Pontypridd L 1926~27 H 35 13 VIEW
7th Oct 1926 W 10 Pemberton LC1 1926~27 H 51 8 VIEW
16th Oct 1926 L 10 Warrington L 1926~27 A 5 16 1 VIEW
21st Oct 1926 W 10 Swinton LC2 1926~27 H 29 18 VIEW
23rd Oct 1926 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1926~27 H 48 3 VIEW
30th Oct 1926 W 10 Barrow L 1926~27 A 11 10 VIEW
13th Nov 1926 L 10 Salford L 1926~27 A 5 8 VIEW
20th Nov 1926 W 10 St. Helens Recs LCF 1926~27 N 10 2 VIEW
27th Nov 1926 W 10 York L 1926~27 H 54 3 VIEW
4th Dec 1926 L 10 Oldham L 1926~27 A 5 26 VIEW
8th Dec 1926 W 10 New Zealand Tour 1926~27 H 22 12 VIEW
11th Dec 1926 W 10 Warrington L 1926~27 H 31 11 2 VIEW
18th Dec 1926 L 10 Leigh L 1926~27 A 3 6 VIEW
25th Dec 1926 D 10 St. Helens Recs L 1926~27 H 6 6 VIEW
27th Dec 1926 L 10 Wigan L 1926~27 H 13 14 VIEW
1st Jan 1927 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1926~27 A 8 17 VIEW
8th Jan 1927 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 A 15 7 VIEW
15th Jan 1927 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1926~27 H 17 8 VIEW
22nd Jan 1927 W 10 Batley L 1926~27 A 15 5 VIEW
29th Jan 1927 W 8 Leeds L 1926~27 H 18 6 VIEW
5th Feb 1927 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1926~27 A 0 4 VIEW
12th Feb 1927 L 10 York CC1 1926~27 A 3 9 VIEW
19th Feb 1927 W 10 Batley L 1926~27 H 13 8 VIEW
5th Mar 1927 L 10 Swinton L 1926~27 A 3 24 VIEW
8th Mar 1927 W 10 Oldham L 1926~27 H 21 10 VIEW
19th Mar 1927 L 10 York L 1926~27 A 6 15 VIEW
26th Mar 1927 W 10 Pontypridd L 1926~27 A 10 5 VIEW
2nd Apr 1927 W 10 Salford L 1926~27 H 8 3 VIEW
9th Apr 1927 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 H 16 0 1 VIEW
15th Apr 1927 W 10 Wigan L 1926~27 A 10 8 VIEW
16th Apr 1927 W 10 Swinton L 1926~27 H 27 0 VIEW
18th Apr 1927 W 10 Leigh L 1926~27 H 18 5 VIEW
20th Apr 1927 W 10 Leeds L 1926~27 A 21 10 VIEW
23rd Apr 1927 L 10 St. Helens Recs ChSF 1926~27 A 0 33 VIEW
12th May 1927 L 8 Barrow* Fr Lonsdale Hospital 1926~27 L 8 16 VIEW
29th Aug 1927 L 10 Leeds L 1927~28 A 7 18 VIEW
10th Sep 1927 L 10 Swinton L 1927~28 H 20 26 VIEW
14th Sep 1927 W 10 Dewsbury L 1927~28 H 8 2 VIEW
17th Sep 1927 L 10 Hunslet L 1927~28 A 10 12 VIEW
24th Sep 1927 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1927~28 H 21 8 VIEW
1st Oct 1927 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 A 6 2 VIEW
8th Oct 1927 L 10 Swinton LC1 1927~28 H 7 13 VIEW
15th Oct 1927 W 10 Salford L 1927~28 H 44 10 VIEW
22nd Oct 1927 D 10 Hull L 1927~28 A 5 5 VIEW
29th Oct 1927 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 H 15 5 1 VIEW
5th Nov 1927 W 10 Warrington L 1927~28 A 8 4 VIEW
12th Nov 1927 W 10 Warrington L 1927~28 H 13 0 VIEW
19th Nov 1927 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 H 10 2 VIEW
26th Nov 1927 L 10 Oldham L 1927~28 A 2 11 VIEW
3rd Dec 1927 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 H 25 7 VIEW
26th Dec 1927 L 10 Wigan L 1927~28 H 13 20 VIEW
29th Dec 1927 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1927~28 H 5 22 VIEW
7th Jan 1928 W 10 Leeds L 1927~28 H 8 0 1 VIEW
18th Jan 1928 W 10 Dewsbury L 1927~28 A 6 0 VIEW
21st Jan 1928 W 10 Hull L 1927~28 H 14 5 VIEW
4th Feb 1928 L 10 Leigh L 1927~28 A 5 10 VIEW
11th Feb 1928 L 10 Oldham CC1 1927~28 A 5 15 VIEW
18th Feb 1928 L 10 Oldham L 1927~28 H 13 14 VIEW
3rd Mar 1928 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 A 11 0 VIEW
10th Mar 1928 W 10 Barrow L 1927~28 H 15 6 VIEW
17th Mar 1928 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 H 24 0 VIEW
24th Mar 1928 L 10 Swinton L 1927~28 A 3 5 VIEW
31st Mar 1928 L 10 Barrow L 1927~28 A 10 14 VIEW
6th Apr 1928 L 10 Wigan L 1927~28 A 11 21 VIEW
7th Apr 1928 L 10 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 A 15 20 VIEW
9th Apr 1928 W 10 Hunslet L 1927~28 H 30 10 VIEW
10th Apr 1928 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 A 5 15 VIEW
25th Aug 1928 L 10 Widnes L 1928~29 A 0 2 VIEW
1st Sep 1928 D 10 Widnes L 1928~29 H 12 12 VIEW
8th Sep 1928 W 10 Carlisle City L 1928~29 A 8 5 VIEW
15th Sep 1928 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1928~29 H 12 5 VIEW
19th Sep 1928 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1928~29 H 6 0 VIEW
22nd Sep 1928 W 10 Dewsbury L 1928~29 A 17 7 VIEW
29th Sep 1928 D 10 Hunslet L 1928~29 H 13 13 VIEW
6th Oct 1928 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1928~29 A 27 5 VIEW
13th Oct 1928 W 10 Broughton Rangers LC1 1928~29 A 15 10 VIEW
20th Oct 1928 W 10 Dewsbury L 1928~29 H 22 9 VIEW
24th Oct 1928 L 10 Warrington LC2 1928~29 A 11 14 VIEW
10th Nov 1928 D 10 Leeds L 1928~29 A 8 8 VIEW
17th Nov 1928 W 10 Halifax L 1928~29 H 12 6 VIEW
22nd Dec 1928 W 10 Warrington L 1928~29 A 13 4 VIEW
25th Dec 1928 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 H 0 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1928 L 10 Wigan L 1928~29 H 2 10 VIEW
29th Dec 1928 W 10 Leigh L 1928~29 A 3 0 VIEW
1st Jan 1929 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 A 2 8 VIEW
5th Jan 1929 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 H 23 3 VIEW
12th Jan 1929 L 10 Salford L 1928~29 A 7 10 VIEW
19th Jan 1929 L 10 Swinton L 1928~29 H 2 3 VIEW
26th Jan 1929 L 10 Barrow L 1928~29 A 6 16 VIEW
2nd Feb 1929 D 10 Salford L 1928~29 H 11 11 VIEW
9th Feb 1929 W 10 Lindley CC1 1928~29 H 32 2 VIEW
23rd Feb 1929 W 10 Keighley CC2 1928~29 H 26 5 VIEW
2nd Mar 1929 W 10 Leigh L 1928~29 H 23 2 VIEW
9th Mar 1929 D 10 Wigan CC3 1928~29 H 2 2 VIEW
13th Mar 1929 L 10 Wigan CC3(rep) 1928~29 A 5 25 VIEW
16th Mar 1929 L 10 Leeds L 1928~29 H 5 20 VIEW
23rd Mar 1929 L 10 Halifax L 1928~29 A 8 19 VIEW
29th Mar 1929 L 10 Wigan L 1928~29 A 8 28 VIEW
30th Mar 1929 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1928~29 H 47 5 VIEW
1st Apr 1929 W 10 Barrow L 1928~29 H 9 5 VIEW
3rd Apr 1929 L 10 Hunslet L 1928~29 A 3 53 VIEW
6th Apr 1929 L 8 Hull K.R. L 1928~29 A 0 12 VIEW
13th Apr 1929 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 A 12 5 VIEW
20th Apr 1929 W 10 Warrington L 1928~29 H 29 8 1 VIEW
22nd Apr 1929 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1928~29 A 28 19 VIEW
27th Apr 1929 W 10 Hull L 1928~29 H 24 7 VIEW
30th Apr 1929 L 10 Broughton Rangers L 1928~29 A 7 14 VIEW
31st Aug 1929 L 12 Widnes L 1929~30 H 0 3 VIEW
4th Sep 1929 L 10 Leeds L 1929~30 A 5 7 VIEW
7th Sep 1929 W 10 Widnes L 1929~30 A 21 8 VIEW
14th Sep 1929 D 10 Hunslet L 1929~30 H 8 8 1 VIEW
19th Sep 1929 W 10 Leeds L 1929~30 H 22 7 VIEW
22nd Sep 1929 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 A 11 7 VIEW
24th Sep 1929 W 10 Oldham L 1929~30 H 20 13 VIEW
2nd Oct 1929 L 10 Hull L 1929~30 A 5 8 VIEW
5th Oct 1929 L 10 Halifax L 1929~30 A 13 19 VIEW
12th Oct 1929 W 10 Broughton Rangers LC1 1929~30 A 10 9 VIEW
19th Oct 1929 W 10 Salford L 1929~30 H 18 12 VIEW
23rd Oct 1929 D 10 Salford LC2 1929~30 H 8 8 VIEW
26th Oct 1929 L 10 Castleford L 1929~30 H 10 20 VIEW
30th Oct 1929 L 10 Salford LC2(rep) 1929~30 A 3 13 VIEW
2nd Nov 1929 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1929~30 A 8 3 VIEW
9th Nov 1929 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1929~30 H 24 5 VIEW
16th Nov 1929 D 10 Australia Tour 1929~30 H 18 18 VIEW
23rd Nov 1929 L 10 Leigh L 1929~30 A 3 5 VIEW
30th Nov 1929 W 10 York L 1929~30 A 18 5 VIEW
7th Dec 1929 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 H 8 0 VIEW
14th Dec 1929 W 10 Barrow L 1929~30 A 12 2 VIEW
21st Dec 1929 W 10 Barrow L 1929~30 H 19 6 VIEW
25th Dec 1929 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1929~30 H 8 3 VIEW
26th Dec 1929 W 10 Wigan L 1929~30 H 14 5 VIEW
28th Dec 1929 L 10 Castleford L 1929~30 A 0 5 VIEW
1st Jan 1930 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1929~30 A 0 3 VIEW
4th Jan 1930 L 10 Oldham L 1929~30 A 4 20 VIEW
11th Jan 1930 W 10 Halifax L 1929~30 H 23 2 VIEW
18th Jan 1930 L 10 Warrington L 1929~30 A 5 22 VIEW
25th Jan 1930 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 H 32 5 VIEW
1st Feb 1930 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 A 22 0 VIEW
8th Feb 1930 W 10 St. Helens Recs CC1 1929~30 H 9 7 VIEW
15th Feb 1930 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1929~30 A 16 5 1 VIEW
22nd Feb 1930 W 10 Leeds CC2 1929~30 A 18 5 VIEW
1st Mar 1930 W 10 Leigh L 1929~30 H 23 2 VIEW
8th Mar 1930 W 10 Hunslet CC3 1929~30 H 22 7 VIEW
15th Mar 1930 L 10 Salford L 1929~30 A 2 11 VIEW
22nd Mar 1930 W 10 Hull L 1929~30 H 23 4 1 VIEW
29th Mar 1930 D 10 Wigan CCSF 1929~30 N 5 5 VIEW
2nd Apr 1930 W 10 Wigan CCSF(rep) 1929~30 N 22 10 VIEW
5th Apr 1930 L 10 Hunslet L 1929~30 A 11 14 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1930 W 10 Swinton L 1929~30 A 8 3 VIEW
12th Apr 1930 W 10 Batley L 1929~30 H 19 3 VIEW
14th Apr 1930 W 10 Warrington L 1929~30 H 23 15 VIEW
17th Apr 1930 W 10 Batley L 1929~30 A 15 11 VIEW
18th Apr 1930 W 10 Wigan L 1929~30 A 8 3 VIEW
19th Apr 1930 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1929~30 H 31 17 VIEW
21st Apr 1930 W 10 York L 1929~30 H 29 0 1 VIEW
22nd Apr 1930 W 10 Swinton L 1929~30 H 8 4 VIEW
26th Apr 1930 L 10 Leeds ChSF 1929~30 H 6 10 VIEW
3rd May 1930 L 10 Widnes CCF 1929~30 N 3 10 1 VIEW
10th May 1930 W 10 Wigan * Fr 1929~30 L 21 14 1 VIEW
30th Aug 1930 W 10 Widnes L 1930~31 A 21 7 VIEW
6th Sep 1930 L 10 Widnes L 1930~31 H 5 9 VIEW
10th Sep 1930 L 10 Salford L 1930~31 A 5 11 VIEW
13th Sep 1930 L 10 Swinton L 1930~31 A 3 12 VIEW
20th Sep 1930 W 10 Warrington L 1930~31 H 18 12 VIEW
27th Sep 1930 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1930~31 A 21 5 VIEW
11th Oct 1930 L 10 Wigan LC1 1930~31 A 7 24 VIEW
25th Oct 1930 W 10 York L 1930~31 A 10 4 VIEW
1st Nov 1930 W 10 Bramley L 1930~31 H 34 14 VIEW
8th Nov 1930 W 10 Huddersfield L 1930~31 A 10 5 VIEW
22nd Nov 1930 W 10 Barrow L 1930~31 A 7 4 VIEW
29th Nov 1930 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 H 33 15 VIEW
6th Dec 1930 W 8 Wigan Highfield L 1930~31 A 10 7 VIEW
13th Dec 1930 W 10 Oldham L 1930~31 H 7 2 VIEW
20th Dec 1930 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 A 9 2 VIEW
25th Dec 1930 W 8 St. Helens Recs L 1930~31 H 7 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1930 L 8 Wigan L 1930~31 H 2 23 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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