|Full name||Bryan Hughes|
|Date of birth||19 June 1976|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Scarborough Athletic|
|2009||→ Derby County (loan)||3||(0)|
|1997||Football League Under-21 XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:33, 16 September 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He has previously played in the Premier League for Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic and Hull City. He has also played in the Football League for Wrexham, Derby County, Burton Albion and Accrington Stanley, in the Conference for Grimsby Town, and for Icelandic club ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar.
Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, Hughes initially made his name at Wrexham, guiding them to the FA Cup quarter finals in 1996–97 with the goals he scored on that cup run. It was his performances in the FA Cup for Wrexham that caught the attention of Birmingham City. Hughes scored against Colwyn Bay, Scunthorpe United, West Ham United and Birmingham before the Welsh outfit bowed out to Chesterfield. Shortly after that defeat Trevor Francis paid £800,000 to take him to St Andrews.
Hughes made a total of 291 appearances for the Blues, scoring 42 goals, and was an essential part of Steve Bruce's side's play-off winning season in 2002 and their first and second seasons in the Premier League, before his switch to South-East London. Whilst at Birmingham he played in the 2001 Football League Cup Final as a substitute. He was credited for scoring the quickest goal in British football in the new millennium when he found the net after 12 seconds against Huddersfield Town on Monday 3 January 2000. Unable to sign a new deal with Birmingham, in July 2004 he moved to Charlton Athletic, signing a three-year contract.
Hughes made his debut against Bolton Wanderers as a substitute for Matt Holland who was injured in the fifth minute. He bagged a brace in a 4–1 FA Cup win over Rochdale at The Valley in January 2005 — his first strikes for the club, and was on target as the Addicks stuttered past Yeovil Town in the fourth round, but the Addicks failed to progress further and they were knocked out by Leicester City, 2–1. In all, Hughes made only 10 starts all season. He did feature in the final two matches of the campaign, however, and played his part in the dramatic showdown with Crystal Palace, opening the scoring with a shot that went in off the post, as the Eagles were relegated.
In 2005–06 he became the man who caused José Mourinho to lose his first match at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager. Included in the side for the third round of the League Cup, Hughes scored the winning penalty in a dramatic shootout to dump the holders out of the competition — though Mourinho claimed it was technically a draw after 120 minutes.
Despite a brave bundled home goal against Blackburn Rovers in November, his first team appearances came in fits and starts in the first half of the season, and it was not until the visit of Arsenal on Boxing Day that Hughes established himself as manager Alan Curbishley made sweeping changes. In a match against Birmingham in early January, Hughes scored against his former club with a header. He also set up Darren Bent for a second goal.
His scoring record in cup competitions continued, as he bagged the clinching third against Brentford in round five of the League Cup, and he also notched a goal in the FA Cup replay at Middlesbrough. He actually played in all but five games of the Premier League campaign, passing 50 games for the club, and was on the scoresheet five times.
Hughes joined Championship club Hull City on a free transfer from Charlton Athletic on a three-year deal on 29 June 2007, and scored on his home debut in a 1–0 friendly win over Newcastle United. He mainly played on the left wing for the majority of the season, but played in his preferred central midfield role in their successful play-off games. He scored his first league goal for the Tigers in a 5–0 win against Southampton. He did not play as often in the next season as Hull made it into the Premier League. He was not given a squad number at the start of the 2009–10 season.
Hughes signed for Derby County on a month-long loan on 22 October 2009. Hughes made 3 appearances before returning to Hull. Hughes agreed to mutually terminate his contract with Hull on 28 January 2010 but left on good terms with the club.
After trials with Championship club Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, and Walsall, Hughes signed a one-month deal with Football League Two side Burton Albion on 14 December 2010. He made his debut on 1 January 2011 in a 1-1 home draw with Shrewsbury Town in which he was substituted in the 56th minute by Aaron Webster. That was his only appearance for the club and he left when his contract expired.
After a trial with Conference National team Grimsby Town, in which he played in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Lincoln City, Hughes signed for the club on 31 January 2011 until the end of the season. He made his debut on 1 February in a 2-2 away draw with Southport. A few weeks later Town's manager and key man in bringing Hughes to the club Neil Woods was sacked. He went on to only play three times for The Mariners but was among a number of players released at the end of the season by the club's new managerial duo Rob Scott and Paul Hurst.
On 10 May 2011, Hughes joined ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar, a team from the Westman Islands in the south-west of Iceland that plays in the Pepsideild this season. ÍBV also played in the UEFA Europa League that season.
On 27 October 2011, Hughes joined League Two side Accrington Stanley on non-contract terms. Assigned squad number 27, he made his Stanley debut in a 2–1 win over Bristol Rovers on 5 November. On 10 December, Hughes set up Pádraig Amond's opening goal as Stanley beat Wimbledon 2–0. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 victory over Torquay United on 17 December – his first goal in English football since 2008 – and scored the winner against Morecambe on Boxing Day. His contribution to the club's 10 points from a possible 12 in December earned him the League Two Player of the Month award.
In March 2013, Hughes joined Scarborough Athletic of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division until the end of the season. He started his first game on 9 March against Pickering Town, and scored his first goal a week later in a 4–2 victory at Parkgate.
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