Hughie Russell

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Hughie Russell
Personal information
Full name William Hugh Russell
Date of birth 10 March 1921[1]
Place of birth Redcar, England
Date of death 10 December 1991[1]
Place of death Taunton, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
n/a
Number n/a
Youth career
? unknown
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
? South Bank ?
? Bishop Auckland ?
? Royal Engineers ?
(Barton Stacey)
1946-1952 Gillingham[1] 61 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 August 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Hugh "Hughie" Russell (10 March 1921 – 10 December 1991) was an English professional football (soccer) player.

Shortly after World War II Russell joined Gillingham, then a non-league team. He scored 98 goals in just 126 games for the Kent side prior to their return to the Football League in 1950, including a haul of nine goals in a match against Gloucester City in the 1946–47 season, a club record for a single match which stands to this day. Contemporary newspaper reports state that he hit the post late on with a shot which could have given him double figures.[2]

Russell remained at the club after its re-election to the Football League, but could not repeat his non-league scoring feats, registering just 8 goals in over 60 matches. He was forced to retire through injury in 1952 and later served as the club's trainer before leaving football entirely to work as a hotelier. He died in Taunton in 1991.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. pp. p282. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  2. ^ Triggs, Roger (1984). Gillingham Football Club: A Chronology 1893-1984. Kent County Libraries. pp. p16.