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Celebrate Ray Houghton's Birthday By Bathing In Youtube Nostalgia

Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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Ray Houghton let slip it was his birthday on twitter today. On this day, back in the year of our lord 1962, Ray was born in Glasgow, the son of a Donegal father (like so many other people born in Glasgow).

The only goal in Stuttgart in '88, the only goal in the Giants Stadium in '94 - it's fair to say our race memory would be rather different had Ray never been selected to play for the green.


Ray before he was famous, back at Fulham...

Here's a reminder of those glorious times, the days of Saint & Greavsie and the Big Match on ITV, that time when the best team in England was jam-packed with Irish players.

Unsurprisingly, Ray was a casualty of Graeme Souness's curious determination to be rid of all Jackie Charlton's boys. He left for Villa in the summer of 1992. Naturally Villa had a better season than Liverpool the following season.


And his most famous strikes of all... accompanied by Gabriel Egan's commentary and Sigur Ros


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