Young defender John “Jack” Houghton joined the Tigers in May 1910. He deputised at centre half five times in November and December 1910, then returned to the first team in April 1911 for four more appearances that yielded two goals in draws against Huddersfield and Stockport County. During 1911 Houghton was lodging with fellow player Jack McQuillan, as was City forward Arthur Temple who also hailed from Wallsend. Houghton returned to the first team in December 1911 and January 1912, scoring as City were tonked 1-5 at Burnley and enjoying an extended three month run at right back. Houghton mustered only three appearances during the festive period of 1912/13 season and left the club in the 1913 close season.
Houghton was born in Wallsend on the north bank of the River Tyne and in his teenage years Houghton played for junior side Wallsend Elm Villa. In 1908 he signed professional terms for the North Eastern League side Wallsend Park Villa, for whom he played for two seasons prior to joining the Tigers. In March 1910 Houghton scored a hattrick of penalties for Park Villa, quite a feat at any level of the game.
In May 1913 Fulham paid £175 for Houghton’s services, and he played regularly at full back for the Cottagers in the two seasons prior to the outbreak of World War 1, making 58 senior appearances in all competitions and playing every game of the 1913/14 season. Some websites suggest that Houghton returned to Fulham after the war, in fact the Craven Cottage side signed a forward with the same name from Glasgow Rangers. Our Jack Houghton served in France during the conflict and afterwards returned to the North East to play Northern Alliance football for Newburn FC. By the 1930s he back in the East Riding, working as landlord of the Station Hotel in Patrington and placing adverts in the Hull Daily Mail extolling his ex-Hull City virtues to lure in Holderness’s thirsty celebrity hunters. He died in Hull in August 1950.
Date/Place of Birth: 23 October 1888, Wallsend
Hull City First Game: 5 November 1910, Barnsley H (Division Two), 22 years, 13 days old
Hull City Final Game: 28 December 1912, Blackpool A (Division Two), 24 years, 66 days old
Wallsend Elm Villa (1907-1908), Wallsend Park Villa (1908-1910), Hull City (1910-1913), Fulham (1913-1915), Newburn FC
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Career: 28 apps, 3 goalsJack Houghton