C. Doug Laughton (born in Widnes, Lancashire) is an English former rugby league footballer and coach. He played club football as a Second Row, or Loose Forward for St. Helens, Wigan, Widnes and Canterbury Bulldogs. He also captained Great Britain, winning 15 caps in all, and a further cap for England.
As a coach, he managed Widnes and Leeds.
Widnes-born Laughton played for St. Paul's the Lowerhouse junior team. He then signed as a professional for St. Helens. From there he went to Wigan, before signing for Widnes.
Doug Laughton played Loose Forward in Widnes' 14-7 victory over Warrington in the 1974–75 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 10 May 1975, the 5-20 defeat to St, Helens in the 1975–76 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8 May 1976, the 7-16 defeat to Leeds in the 1976–77 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 7 May 1977, and the 12-3 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1978–79 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5 May 1979.
He also led Widnes to victory over the Australian tourists in 1978.
In 1979, he captained Great Britain team on a tour of Australia. In 1979, while playing for Widnes, Laughton won the Man of Steel Award.
Laughton coached Widnes and Leeds. During the 1989–90 Rugby Football League season, he coached defending champions Widnes to their 1989 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Canberra Raiders.
1979 Man of Steel Award
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- "CHRISTMAS BOOKS: Laughton's colourful ramble gives taste of brutal" by Dave Hadfield, The Independent (London), Dec 17, 2003
- Kangaroos beat Lions at Wilderspool
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- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org