Ray Houghton - Irish Soccer Legend, After Dinner Speaker, Journalist and TV Pundit
A well-known and well respected former footballer and current media personality, Ray is most fondly remembered by Irish football fans for scoring two of the most important goals in the history of Irish football resulting in 1-0 victories over England in 1988 and Italy in 1994.
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Ray qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland through his father’s Irish roots in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. He began his career in London as a 17 year old with West Ham United and went on to play for clubs including Fulham, Oxford United, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Reading and Stevenage Borough.
His media credits include a weekly column for the Irish Daily Star along with a regular guest spot on talkSPORT.
Ray Houghton Interview
Ray is a regular pundit with various media organizations, working for outlets such as RTE, Sky Sports, Sportsxchange and LFC TV. He has also worked with Sports Interactive as a consultant on their PC and Xbox 360 game Football Manager.
He has worked, in conjunction with JGA Sports Agency, on many projects including the Dublin Docklands Regeneration Programme and countless after dinner speaker events.
A real fan favourite wherever he played, Ray enjoyed much success on the domestic scene throughout his football career.
His list of domestic achievements includes two League Cups (1986 & ‘94), two Football League First Divisions (1988 & ’90), two FA Cups (1989 & ’92) and two FA Charity Shields (1989 & ’90).
A natural people person, he is a regular after dinner speaker, captivating audiences up and down the United Kingdom and Ireland by recounting memories of his experiences throughout his illustrious career in football.
His International career coincided with a golden period for Irish football. Representing his country at two World Cups (1990 & ’94) and one European Championships (1988), Ray scored 6 goals in a total of 73 appearances.
'That Goal' against England - Euro '88
His header into the back of the English net in 1988 and his dipping volley in USA ’94 have gone down in history and form an integral piece of the folklore of the Irish National side.
Such is the esteem in which he is held; Ray has now taken up a post as an ambassador for the Football Association of Ireland.
In 2005, Ray received an honorary degree from the University of Huddersfield, in recognition of his services to sport.