Emlyn Hughes: Midfielder / Central Defender in club 1967 - 1979
 Emlyn Hughes:  Midfielder/Central Defender
 Nickname: Crazy Horse
 Date of Birth: 26/08/1947
 Died: 2004
 Squad: number:
 With the Reds: 1967-1979
 Bought from: Blackpool
 Signed for LFC: Ј65,000 - February 1967
 Debut: 4th March 1967 in a 2-1 win against Stoke City at Anfield (Aged 19)
 Debut goal: 26.08.1967
 1st team league games: 474
 1st team league goals: 35
 Total 1st team games: 665
 Total 1st team goals: 49
 Contract expiry: August 1979, transferred to Wolverhampton
 International caps: 62 England
 International goals:  1
 International debut: 05.11.1969 vs. Netherlands
 Former clubs: Blackpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Hull City, Mansfield Town, Swansea City, Player/Manadger - Rotherham United
 Birth Place: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England
 Honours: 4 League Championships   72/73, 75/76, 76/77, 78/79 , 1 FA Cup 73/74, 2 European Cups 76/77, 77/78 , 2 UEFA Cups 72/73, 75/76 , 3 Charity Shields 74, 76, 77, , 1 European Super Cup 77
 Personal Honours: Football Writers Player of the Year 1977, OBE

  Total LFC and other club games/goals

League FA Cup FL Cup Europe Other Total
Seasons App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls
  Partick T
1964 -66 28 D1
1966-67 10 10
1967-68 39 2 9 2 6 56 2
1968-69 40 3 4 1 3 2 1 49 5
1969-70 41 7 6 2 4 53 7
1970-71 39 2 7 3 1 10 2 59 5
1971-72 42 8 3 3 4 1 1 53 9
1972-73 41 7 4 8 2 12 3 65 12
1973-74 42 2 9 6 4 61 2
1974-75 42 1 2 4 4 1 1 53 2
1975-76 41 2 2 3 11 57 2
1976-77 42 1 8 2 9 1 62 1
1977-78 39 1 9 9 1 1 59 1
1978-79 16 7 1 4 1 28 1
Total 474 35 62 1 46 3 79 10 4 665 49

   A more detailed look at the player's appearances

  Total   started/substitutions   Total   Competition
  665   Started   474   League
  0   On the bench   62   FA Cup
  0   Substitute   46   League Cup
  5   Substituted   23   UEFA Cup
  22   European Fairs Cup
  22   European Cup
  8   Euro Cup Winners Cup
  4   Charity Shield
  2   European Super Cup

  Career Milestones for Emlyn Hughes:

  Appearances in all competitions

Date Against Result Venue Competition
1 04.03.1967   Stoke City 2-1   Anfield League
50 19.02.1968   Walsall 5-2   Anfield FA
100 18.01.1969   Chelsea 2-1   Stamford Bridge League
150 17.01.1970   WBA 1-1   Anfield League
200 02.01.1971   Aldershot 1-0   Anfield FA
250 03.11.1971   Bayern Munich 1-3   Sechzger Sta-um Europe
300 21.10.1972   Stoke City 2-1   Anfield League
350 12.09.1973   Derby County 1-3   Baseball Ground League
400 13.04.1974   Ipswich Town 1-1   Portman Road League
450 15.03.1975   Sheffield U 0-0   Anfield League
500 28.02.1976   Derby County 1-1   Baseball Ground League
550 22.01.1977   Norwich City 1-2   Carrow Road League
600 03.12.1977   West Ham U 2-0   Anfield League
650 10.01.1979   Southend 0-0   Roots Hall FA

   Goals in all competitions

Date Min Against Result Venue Competition
1 26.08.1967 30   Newcastle U 6-0   Anfield League

  Next time you can to see how Emlyn Hughes playin for Reserves team FC Liverpool

  Update 08.12.2006


match 28.08.76 Birmingham City - Liverpool 2 - 0  D1  Emlyn was one of the most enthusiastic players ever to pull on a Liverpool jersey. Bill Shankly tried to sign him immediately after he had made his League debut for Blackpool but eventually got his man in March 1967 (when the Barrow-born youngster was still a teenager) and selected him 10 times for First Division games before the end of that 1966-67 season.

  Strong and with immense stamina, he quickly became a crowd-favourite with the nickname of 'Crazy Horse' for his sometimes reckless but whole-hearted approach to the game, when it came to tackling anyway!

  But Emlyn could play and his strong runs from midfield made numerous openings for his colleagues, although he possessed a venemous shot which brought him nearly 50 goals as a Liverpool player, a typical example being his run from half-way in the home game with Spurs in December 1968 which he finished with a powerful drive that left Pat Jennings helpless.

  Emlyn's Liverpool career started alongside most of the names that had brought the club so much success in the mid-60's but he was never going to be one of the casualties in the aftermath of the shock F.A. cup defeat at Watford in February 1970.

  Shankly knew what a gem he had found and his was one of the first names on the team-sheet, not just when the Scot was in charge but also when Bob Paisley took over in 1974 and confirmed him as captain.

  Emlyn was a versatile player equally at home in a full-back position (where he was often used by England) or in the latter part of his career as a central defender but maybe his best years at Anfield where when he was surging through from his midfield position.

  1972-73 was the big breakthrough year for Emlyn and Liverpool. After narrowly missing out on honours the previous two seasons (beaten by Arsenal in the cup final and being deprived of the League championship - again by Arsenal - in the final fixture of 1971-72), the Reds gained ample compensation by winning the title after a 7-year absence and also collecting their first European trophy, the UEFA cup. Emlyn played in an astonishing SIXTY-FIVE competitive games for Liverpool that season but never openly displayed any signs of real tiredness.

  The honours kept coming - the F.A. cup in 1974, another League/UEFA cup 'double' in 1976 and then finally in 1977 the biggest prize of all, the European cup won in the 'Eternal' city of Rome and collected - as so aptly put by commentator Barry Davies at the time - by the man wearing 'the smile of the season'.

  He was also honoured by the sportswriters as their 'Footballer of the Year'. Emlyn's smile did show how much he loved playing football and how much he loved playing for Liverpool and what an honour it was for him to represent his country, for whom he made a total of 62 appearances. Hughes was still skipper when the European cup was retained at Wembley in 1978 but as his 30th birthday approached he could no longer be sure of his place in the side.

  In August 1979, after 12 and a half wonderful years as a Liverpool player, he made the decision to move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, receiving a rapturous welcome when he returned to Anfield with his new club and also finishing his first season at Molineux by receiving the Football League cup, just about the only trophy he hadn't won as a Liverpool player.

  Emlyn moved on to Rotherham as player-manager and proudly brought his team over to Anfield for a League cup tie in November 1982, which the Reds only won thanks to Craig Johnston's late strike. He also had brief spells with Hull City, Mansfield Town and Swansea City but never approached the success as a manager that he had enjoyed as a player.

  As he passed his 50th birthday, Emlyn was working as hard as ever with his business interests but always talked with enormous affection about his decade and more on Merseyside. Very few men ever reached the heights that Emlyn Hughes did as a footballer and there is no doubt that he deserves to be in any "Hall of Fame" for what he achieved for the club he served so loyally and for so long.


  1969 v Holland, Portugal; 1970 v Belgium, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, East Germany; 1971 v Malta, Greece, Malta, Wales, Switzerland, Greece; 1972 v West Germany (twice), Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales; 1973 v Wales, Scotland, Wales, Scotland, Poland, USSR, Italy, Austria, Poland, Italy; 1974 v Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Argentina, East Germany, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Portugal; 1975 v Cyprus (sub), Northern Ireland; 1976 v Italy; 1977 v Luxembourg, Wales, Scotland, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy; 1978 v West Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, Denmark, Republic of Ireland; 1979 v Northern Ireland, Wales, Sweden (59).

  Former England and Liverpool captain Emlyn Hughes has died at the age of 57. (Sky Sport)

  Emlyn Hughes dies, aged 57 (ESPN Soccernet.com)




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