Andrew Hughes (footballer, born 1978)
|Full name||Andrew John Hughes|
|Date of birth||2 January 1978|
|Place of birth||Manchester, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:35, 3 May 2014(UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
For the Welsh footballer see Andrew Hughes (Welsh footballer)
Andrew John Hughes (born 2 January 1978 in Manchester) is an English footballer who currently is a Free Agent after he was released by Charlton Athletic. Known for his versatility, his main position is as a central midfielder, but he has also played regularly at fullback during his career. Hughes has played over 100 games for each of Notts County, Reading and Leeds United.
Hughes began his career at Oldham Athletic making 44 appearances scoring once before joining Notts County, where he made 130 appearances scoring 18 times. At Notts County Hughes helped earn them the Division Three championship.
He joined Reading on 5 July 2001 on a three-year deal as a replacement for Darren Caskey, but Notts County and Reading failed to agree a transfer fee and this was later set at around £250,000 by a tribunal. Hughes became an important player for Reading and helped earn the side promotion to the First Division of The Football League, finishing second in the Nationwide League Division Two. His earlier seasons at Reading had seen him play in his preferred midfield role and he flourished, going on to make 183 appearances and scoring 19 times.
Hughes joined Norwich from Reading on 21 July 2005 for a fee believed to be around £500,000. He endured a tough start to his Norwich career, as his own form and that of the team was poor for much of the 2005–06 season. In 2006–07 season, new manager Peter Grant used him more as a utility player, covering on either wing or full back position. Hughes played 41 games that season.
Hughes moved to Leeds United on a two-year deal on 9 August 2007 for an undisclosed fee. Hughes joined Leeds the same day that the club was deducted 15 points in League 1. In an interview, Hughes explained his reasons for leaving Norwich: "Dennis Wise told me the challenge and the position the club was in. He wants fighters and I felt the challenge of playing for Leeds United and Dennis Wise was too good to turn down ... The manager at Norwich told me he didn't want me to leave, but I didn't want to stay and be a squad player."
He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for Leeds on 19 April against Millwall, tapping in from close range to finish a flowing move that Hughes had himself started on the edge of Millwall's box. His first season at Leeds saw Hughes play an important squad role by being used in a variety of positions, which saw Leeds get to the playoff final against Doncaster Rovers in League One. Leeds lost the game 1–0 and remained in League One. The following season Hughes again was played in a variety of roles, and was mainly used off the bench. Leeds after a stuttering start managed to get into the play-offs after new manager Simon Grayson rejuvenated Leeds. Leeds lost out in the semi-finals of the play-offs against Millwall after losing 2–1 on aggregate.
At Leeds Hughes was mainly used as a utility player, playing in various positions. He started the 2009–10 season playing for Leeds at left back due to the absence of Ben Parker through injury. Hughes missed a few games himself with an injury but returned to the Leeds side playing in either full back position, eventually ousting loan signing Tony Capaldi at left back.
Hughes played for Leeds against Manchester United when Leeds won 1–0 at Old Trafford on 3 January 2010 in the FA Cup. However, Hughes picked up an injury against Manchester United and was not fit enough to be involved in the following game against Wycombe Wanderers, but returned to the line-up in the next game, against Exeter City. He played left back for Leeds when they earned a 2–2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup on 23 January.
Hughes played an instrumental part as Leeds were promoted to the Football League Championship after finishing in second place in League One and thus earning automatic promotion. Of the 33 games Leeds won, Hughes started in 32 of them. On 26 May 2010, Hughes signed a new one-year deal with the club.
After being an unnamed substitute against Derby County, Hughes came on as a second half substitute in the following game against Lincoln City. He also came on as a half time substitute in the 1–0 win against Watford where he played at left back after regular left back Fede Bessone picked up an injury. On 8 January 2011, Hughes came on as a second half substitute and helped earn Leeds a 1–1 draw against Arsenal. Leeds were 1–0 up from a Robert Snodgrass second half penalty, before Arsenal equalised in the 90th minute when Cesc Fabregas also scored a penalty. Hughes left the club after waving goodbye to the fans after the FA Cup Replay at Elland Road against Arsenal, where he was an unused substitute.
Hughes' totemic status at Leeds was due more to his willingness to work hard in whichever position he was asked to play, his humility, and his rapport with fans and team-mates, than to any exceptional football ability. The esteem he is held in by the club's fans is evident in the popular chant 'Andy Hughes is fucking brilliant', and in the continued use of a photograph of him as the website banner of fan magazine The Square Ball, even after he left the club.
On 1 August 2011, Hughes was transferred from Scunthorpe to Charlton Athletic. He made his debut on 13 August 2011 after coming on as a substitute against his former club Notts County. He made 15 league appearances in the 2011–12 season, however he played his last game of the season in January in a 4–0 FA Cup loss to Premier League side Fulham after sustaining an Achilles injury while playing golf. The injury consequently needed surgery and kept him out until February the following year. After 13 months out with injury, Hughes played his first game in a 0–0 draw in a development squad match against Millwall in which he was one of three over 21 players permitted. He returned to the first team starting line-up on 30 March 2013 in the 3–2 win against Bolton Wanderers, and made his first appearance for the side since returning to the Championship. On 29 May 2013 Hughes signed a new one year contract to stay with the club till 2014.On 7 May 2014, it was confirmed that Hughes was leaving Charlton.
- Notts County
- Leeds United
- Charlton Athletic
- Club Awards
- Leeds United Player of the Year Awards – 2007–08: The chairman's Special Award
- Leeds United Player of the Year Awards – 2008–09: Best Contribution to the Community Award
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||FL Trophy||Play-offs||Total||Discipline|
|2000–01||Notts County||Division Two||30||5||5||2||2||1||0||0||–||–||37||8||0||1|
|1997–98||Oldham Athletic||Division Two||10||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||–||–||13||0||0||0|
- (correct as of 26 August 2012)
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- "Norwich City's interest in Royals midfielder Hughes is rejected". readingfc.co.uk. 7 July 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
- "Norwich complete Hughes signing". BBC Sport. 21 July 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
- "Canary jets in". leedsunited.com. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
- "Millwall 0-2 Leeds". BBC. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
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- Kay, Oliver; Trafford, Old (4 January 2010). "Leeds United shock Manchester United in the FA Cup third round". The Times (London).
- "HUGHES JOINS THE IRON". scunthorpe-united.co.uk. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
- "Charlton snap up Hamer and Hughes". BBC. 1 August 2011.
- "Charlton Athletic: Andy Hughes signs new one-year contract". BBC Sport. 29 May 2013.
- "Andy Hughes to leave Charlton". Charlton Athletic. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 October 2008.