Tottenham On This Day: Scott Houghton’s Moment In The Spotlight


Scott Houghton [Photo: Logan Holmes]Do you remember Scott Houghton? He was a young player who progressed through the youth team with Tottenham and made it into the first team in season 1991-92. He made a total of 14 appearances for Spurs but never started a game.

16th November, 1991

Tottenham Hotspur 4 Luton Town 1

Scorers: Houghton (2), Lineker (2)   Hartford

Spurs conceded a goal just before half-time and with half an hour to play looked likely to lose this 1st Division game when the floodlights failed. In their previous five League games Sours had lost four consecutive matches and had only stopped the run with a scoreless draw at Sheffield Wednesday the previous weekend.

Gary Lineker – played for Spurs and Everton [Photo: Logan Holmes]On the resumption against Luton after a break of fifteen minutes, Spurs were revitalised and came alight going on to win by scoring four goals in the last quarter of the game.

Substitute Scott Houghton equalised, scoring his first goal for Spurs. A minute later Gary Lineker put them ahead before Houghton added his second beating the goalkeeper at his near post. Lineker scored a fourth as Spurs ran out comfortable winners against the team who were to be relegated at the end of the season.

Scott Houghton [Photo: Logan Holmes]Scott Houghton

Scott Houghton was a speedy winger who could use both feet. He scored a goal in the 1st Leg of the FA Youth Final at Middlesbrough in May, 1990. The Tottenham team which included Ian Walker went on to lift the trophy with a 3 – 2 win on aggregate.

Houghton made his Spurs debut in September, 1991 as a substitute against Manchester United. His next game was against Luton Town and it was a memorable match for Spurs by the nature of the recovery and for Houghton as a highlight of his career.

Houghton made 10 League appearances, two in the League Cup and two in the ECWC for Tottenham that season. All were as a substitute and the goals against Luton were the only goals he scored for Spurs. He didn’t play again in the Spurs first team and joined Luton in 1993.

He played for a number of lower League clubs, having his best spells at Peterborough, Walsall, Southend United and Leyton Orient, making over 300 appearances.