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George Roughton
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Full name William George Roughton
Date of birth 11 May 1909(1909-05-11)
Place of birth    Manchester, England
Date of death    7 June 1989 (aged 80)
Place of death    Southampton, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Huddersfield Town
Manchester United
164 (0)
086 (0)   
Teams managed
Exeter City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

William George Roughton (born Manchester 11 May 1909, died Southampton 7 June 1989) was a professional footballer who played for Huddersfield Town and Manchester United in the 1930s and was subsequently manager of Exeter City and Southampton.

Playing career

He started his career at Huddersfield Town, then in Division 1, in 1928 and was a regular member of the team, playing at full-back. He helped Huddersfield to the runners-up position in the 1933-34 season.

In September 1936 he moved back to his native Manchester, joining Manchester United, who were relegated to Division 2 at the end of his first season with them, although they were promoted straight back up as runners-up in 1937-38.

Management career

After World War II, he joined Exeter City as Manager. He kept the Grecians on an even keel but did not achieve any real success, generally finishing mid-table in the Third Division (South).

In March 1952, he moved to Southampton, taking over from Sid Cann who had resigned the previous December. As part of the deal with Exeter, Norman Kirkman moved in the opposite direction to become player-manager.

Roughton's time at The Dell was not a geat success and the Saints were relegated to Division 3 (South) at the end of his first full season in charge. He was unable to re-gain Southampton's place in Division 2, and in September 1955, he was asked to resign, to be replaced by the man who would change Southampton's history, Ted Bates.

After leaving Southampton F.C., he worked part-time for the Hampshire F.A.

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