Laurie Hughes

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Laurie Hughes
Personal information
Full name Lawrence Hughes
Date of birth (1924-03-02)2 March 1924
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Date of death 9 September 2011(2011-09-09) (aged 87)
Place of death Liverpool, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1960 Liverpool 303 (1)
National team
1950 England B 1 (0)
1950 England 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lawrence "Laurie" Hughes (2 March 1924 – 9 September 2011) was an England international footballer who played for Liverpool.

Life and playing career[edit]

Born in Waterloo, north Liverpool, England, Hughes was a strong, uncompromising Centre Half, who could also play wing half; he had the knack of being able to read the game-stopping moves before they caused too many problems.

Hughes signed for Liverpool in 1943 from Tranmere where he was a trainee; however, it wasn't until 5 January 1946 that he made his debut in a 2–0 FA Cup 3rd round 1st leg victory at Sealand Road, Chester, his one and only goal didn't come until 8 December 1951 in a league game at Anfield against Preston, Hughes' 88th-minute strike saving a point in the 2–2 draw.

During the first post-war season of 1946–47 Hughes made 30 appearances from 42 games helping the Reds win the First Division Championship, Liverpool's first title in 24 years.

1950 proved to be a rollercoaster of a season for Hughes, on a high due to reaching the FA Cup final at Wembley only to lose to Arsenal 2–0. He then was selected to represent England at the World Cup in Brazil [1] getting all of his 3 caps in the process and becoming Liverpool's first representative at the worlds premier football tournament, unfortunately, one of the appearances was the embarrassing 1–0 defeat to the USA. His debut came on 25 June 1950 in Rio De Janeiro, Chile were the opponents who were beaten 2-0 with the goals coming from Stan Mortensen and Wilf Mannion. He is still the only English player whose entire representative career consisted of World Cup finals matches.[2]

Hughes and Liverpool's fortunes changed during the fifties when the Reds fell from the top tier, they managed to fend off relegation during the 1952–53 season but couldn't prevent the drop a season later.

Hughes stayed on at Liverpool and had a decent season in the 1956/57 missing just one match. Hughes played his last game against Charlton on 28 September 1957 aged 33, however, Hughes remained loyal to the club he loved and didn't retire for another 3 years, finally doing so in May 1960.

During the 1960s Hughes ran a grocery store and in 1964 was convicted of Receiving Stolen Goods and fined £20 after buying food that was the property of Woolworths.[3]

Hughes died at home on 9 September 2011 aged 87.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Liverpool F.C. (1943–1960) - 326 appearances, 1 goal; Football league championship (level 1) winners medal (1947); FA Cup runners up medal (1950)
  • England (1950) - 3 caps - All at the World Cup of 1950

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Lynch, Steven. "Is there any England footballer who has only played at the World Cup?". www.espn.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Liverpool Echo 8 January 1964
  4. ^ Former Liverpool FC and Tranmere Rovers footballer Laurie Hughes has died aged 87. www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk Published 9. September 2011. Visited 9. September 2011.

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