David Hughes (footballer born 1978)

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David Hughes
Personal information
Full name Robert David Hughes
Date of birth (1978-02-01) 1 February 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Wrexham, Wales
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1994–1996 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Aston Villa 07 (0)
1998 Carlisle United (loan) 01 (0)
1999–2001 Shrewsbury Town 46 (3)
2001–2003 Cardiff City 14 (0)
2005 Port Talbot Town 01 (0)
National team
1996–2000 Wales U21 13 (?)
1996–1999 Wales B 2 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Barry Town
2004 Barry Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert David Hughes (born 1 February 1978) is a Welsh former footballer who played as a defender.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Wrexham, Hughes began his career at Aston Villa, where he played seven times during the 1996–97 season as a replacement for the injured Steve Staunton. He suffered with minor injuries over the next few years and made just one professional appearance in the following two years, playing in a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on 28 March 1998 while on loan to League One side Carlisle United.

Finding his chances at Villa Park limited on his return he joined Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer, making his debut in a 4-1 defeat to Exeter City. He spent two years as a regular first-team choice and, in February 2001, he signed for Cardiff City for a fee of £450,000, £225,000 of which was given to Aston Villa due to a sell on clause,[1] and went straight into the Bluebirds side but injuries struck again and after failing to regain his place in the side he was released in 2003 and subsequently retired.

Coaching career[edit]

He was appointed the manager of Barry Town in 2003.[2] After a short spell in charge he moved into an assistant manager role alongside Colin Addison who took over as manager in February 2004. However Addison left the club after just six months in charge and Hughes was re-instated as manager for a short time before he resigned in December 2004, along with the majority of the first-team squad, due to ongoing financial problems at the club.[3]

In 2005, Hughes took a coaching role at Welsh Premier League side Port Talbot Town. He later made one appearance as a substitute for the side during the 2005–06 season.

Hughes later joined English League Two club Shrewsbury Town, spending two years as their head of youth development. He joined Championship side Watford as youth team coach in September 2011.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Aston Villa 1996-97 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1997-98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998-99 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Carlisle United (loan) 1997-98 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Shrewsbury Town 1999-00 22 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 26 1
2000-01 24 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 27 2
Subtotal 46 3 4 0 1 0 2 0 53 3
Cardiff City 2000-01 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2001-02 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 7 0
2002-03 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Subtotal 14 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 19 0
Port Talbot Town 2005-06 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 67 3 4 0 2 0 6 0 81 3

References[edit]

  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  1. ^ "Cardiff clinch Hughes deal". BBC Sport. 2001-02-09. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Hughes takes Barry post". BBC Sport. 2003-08-29. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Barry Town profiles and history". welshleague.org.uk. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  4. ^ Smith, Frank (22 September 2011). "Watford confirm new youth team coach". Watford Observer. Retrieved 18 April 2012.

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