William Eric Houghton (29 June 1910 - 1 May 1996), was an English footballer and manager. Eric Houghton was born in Billingborough, Lincolnshire and educated at Donnington Grammar School. He signed for Aston Villa as a seventeen-year-old and played in the Villa side for two decades, scoring 170 goals in 392 games. (The total including war-time matches was over 200 goals.) He also won 7 caps for England. His formidable and powerful shot was regarded as the hardest shot of his era. Houghton converted 58 spot kicks and also scored direct from about 30 free-kicks. He finished his playing career at Notts County. He went on to become Aston Villa manager, winning the FA Cup in 1957, and after a spell managing Notts County, he returned to Villa as a director, the only person to do this at the club. He had 4 children. Often referred to as Mr Aston Villa in recognition of his long standing
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