John Philip Horton
Position: Fly Half
Born: 11th April 1951 in St Helen’s Lancs.
Achievements: Bath Captain 1979-80
Honours: Captain of Somerset County XV 1987-88 making (36 appearances) England U23, England (13 caps)
Debut game: 29th September 1973 v Terenure
Final game: 27th April 1985 v London Welsh
Number of Appearances: 376
A player with exceptional (mercurial) talent who deserved more England caps than he was given. A brilliant tactical and attacking player – devastating sidestep and dropgoal abilities. Playmaker supreme. He would often chip the ball over advancing opponents and catch the ball beyond them a tactic that is seldom seen now even against the modern press defences.
Helped to change the Bath style of play from a mainly forward orientated game to a game full of running, passing and “the unknown”
A schoolmaster, he gained 13 caps for England.
His final performance record was 376 games, 90 tries, 12 conversions, 125 drop goals and 8 penalties, giving total points of 908.
He was not treated well by the club when Stuart Barnes was recruited as a replacement and in consequence he left the club he had served so well and joined Bristol RFC.
John made 2 guest appearances after his retirement – 23rd April 1988 v Bedford and 12th October 1988 v Public School Wanderers
Along with Simon Jones he played for a while for Combe Down RFC .