Hughes (top) playing for Northern Ireland in 2012
|Full name||Aaron William Hughes|
|Date of birth||8 November 1979|
|Place of birth||Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Brighton & Hove Albion|
|2014||Queens Park Rangers||11||(0)|
|2014–||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:26, 07 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Aaron William Hughes (born 8 November 1979) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays as a defender for Brighton & Hove Albion. Hughes is able to play centre back, right back or left back, as well as anywhere in midfield. He is usually deployed in a centre half position for his club and country, and was the Northern Ireland captain until his initial retirement in 2011. Hughes is renowned for his disciplined defending, having made over 450 Premier League appearances without getting sent off, which is the second-most in the history of the league, behind only Ryan Giggs.
Born in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Hughes came through the Newcastle United ranks to become a regular in the Newcastle starting eleven. He made his first team début in the Camp Nou in a match between Newcastle and Barcelona on 26 November 1997. His league début came against Sheffield Wednesday later in the same season. His first team appearances after this were few and far between, yet he had established himself in the team by the 1999–2000 season. During his time on Tyneside, Hughes appeared 279 times for the Magpies in all competitions and scored seven goals. He held the record as the Magpies' youngest debutant in European competition until it was broken by Andy Carroll in November 2006.
Hughes was awarded the number 18 shirt by Ruud Gullit at the start of the 1999–2000 season while at Newcastle. Since then he has never worn another number at club level. Even at international level he has worn the number since 2002.
On 27 June 2007, Hughes was announced as a new signing for Premier League side Fulham.
Hughes was quoted as saying "I’m delighted to be joining Fulham and am looking forward to working with Lawrie Sanchez at club level. I enjoyed my time at Aston Villa but when this opportunity presented itself I had no hesitation in coming to discuss the Manager’s ambitions for the Club, which obviously were of great interest to me. I’m happy to have signed before the start of pre-season, which gives me the opportunity of being with the lads on day one, when we come back to training next week." He took the captain's armband in the absence of Brian McBride and latterly, Danny Murphy. On 4 December 2009, Hughes signed a new deal with the club which will see the Northern Ireland captain remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2013.
On 14 September 2012, Hughes signed a one-year contract extension with Fulham, keeping him at the club until 2014. He scored his third goal for Fulham, in his third different competition, when he struck against Manchester United in the FA Cup on 26 January 2013.
Queens Park Rangers
On 31 January 2014, he joined Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer, signing a short-term deal until the end of the season. He started on the bench a day later when QPR drew 3-3 against Burnley. He made his debut on 10th February when QPR lost 1-0 to Derby. On 1st July 2014, Hughes was released by QPR following the expiration of his contract.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Hughes made his debut for Northern Ireland on 25 March 1998, against Slovakia. He first captained his country on 17 April 2002, against Spain in Belfast. He was the regular captain from 2003 until his retirement in 2011, leading the team in notable wins over England, Spain and Sweden. With Hughes injured, Fulham teammate Chris Baird was given the honour of captaining Northern Ireland for Nigel Worthington's first games as manager. Hughes scored his first and only international goal, thirteen and a half years and 77 caps after his début, against the Faroe Islands on 10 August 2011. Hughes announced his retirement from international football in September 2011. Injury meant that he could not play in the final Euro 2012 qualifying matches, ending his international career after 79 caps. On 19 February 2012, Hughes announced his return to international football.
- Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first
|1||10 August 2011||Windsor Park, Belfast||Faroe Islands||1–0||4–0||Euro 2012 qualifying|
- 2009–10 UEFA Europa League: Runner up
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1996–97||Newcastle United||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Newcastle United Total||205||4||19||1||10||0||44||2||278||7|
|2005–06||Aston Villa||Premier League||35||0||4||0||2||0||0||0||41||0|
|Aston Villa Total||54||0||5||0||5||0||0||0||64||0|
|2013–14||Queens Park Rangers||Championship||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|Queens Park Rangers Total||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|2014–15||Brighton & Hove Albion||Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Brighton & Hove Albion Total||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- As of 19:26, 07 June 2014 (UTC)
2011–12 appearances includes match in Uefa Cup, away to Dnipro on 25 August 2011, which is currently not included on Soccerbase website.
|Northern Ireland national team|
- As of 07 June 2014 (up to and including match vs Chile).
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- "Hughes signs new deal". Fulham Official Website. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Fulham 1 – 3 West Ham". BBC. 26 December 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Fulham 3 – 0 Dnipro". BBC. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Aaron's Extension". Fulham FC. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Man Utd 4 – 1 Fulham". BBC. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
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- "Aaron Hughes ruled out of Northern Ireland qualifiers". BBC Sport (BBC). 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
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- Aaron Hughes at National-Football-Teams.com
- Posted by jcd (19 January 2014). "NIFG: Aaron Hughes". Nifootball.blogspot.co.uk.
- "Aaron Hughes". Irishfa.com.