Ray Gough - Seven Trophy Legend - (February 8, 1938 - March 11 2018)

Posted : 12th March 2018 at 14:07:08

Earlier today Linfieldfc.com reported the sad news of the passing of one of the all-time greats of this club - Ray Gough who, along with his team mates, achieved immortality and legendary status when they won 7 Trophies in that never to be forgotten and never to be repeated historic 1961/62 season.

Ray Gough broke his leg on 27 January 1962 which meant he was sidelined for the end of that season and he therefore missed out on the Irish Cup and County Antrim Shield finals and those particular winners medals.

However, he scored in the Seven Trophy winning Gold Cup final and an Irish Cup final a few years earlier and he also played in one of this club's most historic ever European ties in East Berlin, so his place among the all time greats of this club is assured for ever more.

Once the funeral information for the late, great Ray Gough is known, the details will be provided on Linfieldfc.com.

The following career information relating to Ray Gough is provided, using as our source, the handwritten personal records and anecdotes of the former Linfield chairman, the late David Crawford.

John Raymond Gough was born on February 8, 1938.

He was the son of Bobby and Ellen Gough of Pittsburg Street in the Shore Rd area of Belfast.

He was a member of the 11th BB company, who was with Crusaders FC in 1956/57.

He signed for Linfield from Crusaders, along with another Shore Rd man Bobby Braithwaite in a transfer deal worth £400 in April 1957.

With Linfield he won the following honours

2 Irish League winners medals - 1960/61 and 1961/62

2 Irish Cup winners medals - 1959/60 and 1962/63

Irish Cup final - 30/4/60 at the Oval - Linfield 5 Ards 1 - scorers Ferguson (2), Milburn (2) and Gough. Team - Irvine, Gilliland, Graham, Wilson, Hamill, Gough, Stewart, Dickson, Milburn, Ferguson and Braithwaite.

Irish Cup final - 20/4/63 at the Oval - Linfield 2 Distillery 1 - scorers Cairns and Braithwaite. Team - Irvine, Parke, Graham, Andrews, Hatton, Gough, Stewart, Ferguson, Cairns, Dickson and Braithwaite,

Also, a runners up medal in 1961

2 Ulster cup winners medals - 1959/60 (4-1 v Crusaders) and 1961/62 (2-0 v Glentoran)

2 Gold cup winners medals - 1959/60 (3-2 v Portadown) and 1961/62 (4-0 v Glentoran )

Ray scored a penalty in the Seven Trophy winning Gold Cup final win on 5/12/61 at Grosvenor Park - the other scorers were Dickson (2) and Stewart and the team was - Irvine, Gilliland, Graham, Wilson, Hatton, Gough, Stewart, Ferguson, Reid, Dickson and Braithwaite,

Also, a Runners up medal in 1960/61

2 County Antrim Shield winners medals - 1957/58 (3-1 v Distillery) and 1960/61 (2-1 v Glentoran)

Also, a Runners up medal in 1959/60

1 City cup winners medal - 1961/62

He also won the following honours

6 Youth international caps

3 Amateur international caps

1 Junior international cap v Scotland

2 Inter league caps v the English league in 1960 and the League of Ireland in 1959/60

He also represented the Irish League B team against the Scottish league B team

He also represented the County Antrim FA against the Sheffield FA

He was on the reserve list for N.Ireland v England.

He made his 150th Linfield appearance in 1962 and in total he made close to 170 Linfield appearances

He was captain of Linfield in 1960/61

He made one Linfield appearance in Europe - a 3-0 defeat away to Vorwaerts of East Berlin on August 30, 1961

He played in 35 games, scoring 5 goals in the 1961/62 Seven Trophy winning season.

As a member of the 7 Trophy winning team, he was awarded Honorary Life membership of Linfield FC.

On 27 January 1962 he broke his leg in a tackle in a 2-1 home win against Portadown during the 1961/62 season.

He made 9 Linfield appearances in 1962/63 and 5 appearances with one goal in 1963/64.

He emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1963/64

With Linfield Swifts he made the following appearances

1957/58 - 18 appearances and 5 goals

1958/59 - 10 appearances and 2 goals

1959/60 - 10 appearances and 3 goals

1962/63 - 5 appearances

1963/64 - 1 appearance

He signed for Exeter City in October 1963 and made 13 appearances for Millwall in 1964/65. His debut was against Port Vale on December 5, 1964.

He had spells with Bath City, Glastonbury and Weymouth where he retired in 1971.

He returned to Belfast for the 50th anniversary reunion celebrations of the Seven Trophy winning team - the event was held at the Ramada hotel, Shaws Bridge in April 2012.

He lived in Exeter where he passed away in hospital on March 11, 2018, aged 80.

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