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Randy Horton

Influenced by his sport-minded family, Randy Horton excelled in cricket and football.  Upon completion of college in England, Horton was offered trials by cricket's Worcestershire and football's Huddersfield Town, but he turned them down due the England's cold climate. He did, however, accept a contract with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League in 1971. That season he was named the league's Rookie of the Year and made the all-star team. The Cosmos proceeded to win the championship with Horton named as MVP. In 1972, Horton was the top scorer in the NASL and was brought home for the 1972 FA final. He notched a hat trick in a 4-1 Somerset victory over PHC. While playing for the Cosmos Horton was offered a contract with Queens Park Rangers, but he turned it down because he "thought (he) was playing too much and (he) was working on (his) graduate degree". Horton was a top 10 goal-scorer for four straight years for the Cosmos before being traded to the Washington Diplomats in 1975. Not that the Cosmos didn't appreciate Horton's ability, they were replacing him with the famous Pele. His football career ended in 1976 with the Harvard Bicentennials due to a build up of calcium in his thigh.
His cricket career saw him become one of the youngest Cup Match captains at 23, in 1968 but it took him 12 years before he would skipper Somerset to victory. Horton saw 165 innings as a right-arm, medium pace bowler in Cup Match, but he had all-around talents with four catches in one match and posted the second highest 10th wicket stand with Campbell Simons, at 87 runs in 1978. Randy Horton is only one of five Bermudians listed in the Dictionary of World Cricketers.
In 2001, Horton was honored by being on the ballot for the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame due to his distinguished NASL career. He received 20 percent of the vote but was not elected, probably because his career was cut short by injury. Randy Horton has had a remarkable sports career in football and cricket.