‘Happy’ Houghton medal loaned to Trust History Group

The Exeter City History Group is delighted to have been loaned a medal presented to City legend Harold ‘Happy’ Houghton in 1931. The loan was made by Tim Murphy, Harold’s grandson, while on a visit to the Club.

The 1931 FA Medal

The 1931 FA Medal

Houghton was a prominent City player between 1928 and 1934 scoring 83 goals in 223 League and FA Cup appearances. He was part of the famous 1930-1 cup run side and scored the goal at Sunderland in the 1-1 quarter final  that put City’s name in the draw for the FA Cup semi final for the one and only time.

Harold was so well regarded in football that he was selected for the FA tour of Canada in 1931 – the next best thing to a full international call up. The tourists played an amazing 17 games and won the lot. Houghton played in eight of these matches and scored  9 goals including two hat tricks.

Houghton was given a medal – with his name inscribed on the back – in a box marked ‘The Football Association Canadian Tour 1931′. We are delighted to have the medal to display as Harold is one of the very few Exeter players who has received an international representative call up while on the books at City.

Tim Murphy (right) with Martin Weiler from Exeter City History Group

Tim Murphy (right) with Martin Weiler from Exeter City History Group

Tim, who has joined the Supporters Trust, enjoyed a stadium tour while in Exeter and so stood in the very changing room that Harold would have known so well. Tim said that his grandfather always spoke very warmly of Exeter and his attacking teammate Percy Varco.

The Exeter City History Group was set up by and is part of the Exeter City Supporters Trust. The Group welcomes loans or gifts of historic items related to the Club. To contact the Group please email trust@ecfc.co.uk or leave a message with Reception at the Club.

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