Richard Hughes (footballer)

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Richard Hughes
Personal information
Full name Richard Daniel Hughes
Date of birth (1979-06-25) 25 June 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1992–1993 Atalanta
1993–1998 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Bournemouth 131 (14)
2002–2011 Portsmouth 131 (1)
2003 Grimsby Town (loan) 12 (1)
2012–2014 Bournemouth 26 (1)
Total 300 (17)
National team
2004–2005 Scotland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:02, 5 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:40, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

Richard Daniel Hughes (born 25 June 1979) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

He started his professional career as a junior in Italy for Atalanta before moving to Arsenal and Bournemouth. He most prominently previously featured for Portsmouth from 2002 until 2011, and had a brief loan spell with Grimsby Town in 2003. He was capped 5 times by Scotland before retiring from football in 2011, however after a year out of the game, in August 2012 it was reported that Hughes was to re-sign for his first club, AFC Bournemouth. He retired in May 2014 aged 34.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hughes began his career as a youth player at Serie A side Atalanta.[1][2]

After moving back to the UK, Hughes spent five years with Arsenal as a youth player. He did not make the transition to the first team and so left the club to join Bournemouth in summer 1998.[3]

Bournemouth[edit]

Hughes made his debut for Bournemouth in a 2–0 victory over Lincoln City, and became a regular member of the first team. He was signed by Portsmouth for £50,000 in summer 2002.[4]

Portsmouth[edit]

After making his debut for Portsmouth in a 1–1 draw at Sheffield United, Hughes was loaned out to Grimsby Town,[4] where he played 12 games and scored one goal against Brighton.[5] He was given a Premier League appearance in December 2003, and he remained a squad member for the remainder of the 2003–04 campaign. He scored the winning goal, his first for Portsmouth, in a 1–0 FA Cup victory over Liverpool on 22 February 2004.[6] On 28 July 2006 he pledged his future to the club, signing a three-year contract.[7] On 15 August 2007, playing against Manchester United, Hughes was headbutted by Cristiano Ronaldo, after Hughes allegedly provoked him. Ronaldo was red-carded for his actions. The game finished 1–1.[8]

In January 2009, Hughes was offered an extension to his Portsmouth contract.[9] His second competitive goal for Portsmouth came when he scored in a 4–1 League Cup win against Hereford on 25 August 2009.[10]

Hughes' first league goal for Portsmouth came in a 3–3 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road on 28 December 2010, his last game for the club. The Scottish midfielder's strike deflected off Leeds defender Andy O'Brien on its way into the net. Originally awarded as an own goal to O'Brien, the goal was subsequently credited to Hughes by the dubious goals committee as his first league goal for the club.[11] [12] Hughes played his last game for Portsmouth on 28 December 2010. Under the terms of his contract, signed when Portsmouth were still in the Premier League, he was entitled to a new contract with increased wages if he had played one more game. As Portsmouth could not afford to fulfil the original offer and he was not prepared to accept alternative terms, he remained at Portsmouth without playing in the second half of the 2010–11 season. He was subsequently released at the end of the season.[13]

Return to Bournemouth[edit]

In the summer of 2012, a year after retiring from the game, Hughes was convinced to come out of retirement by Paul Groves, who managed him at Grimsby and was assistant manager while Hughes was at Portsmouth. In turn he re-joined Bournemouth following Groves' appointment as manager.[14] Hughes made his second debut for Bournemouth in a 5–3 loss at Sheffield United on 1 September 2012, coming on as a 46th-minute substitute for Shaun MacDonald.[15] On 8 September, Hughes scored the only goal in the match against Yeovil, securing Bournemouth their first League One victory.[16]

In May 2014, with his contract due to expire, Hughes took the decision to retire aged 34.[17] Hughes revealed he planned on life after retirement, working for BT Sport as a pundit and running a restaurant with his brother.[18]

International career[edit]

Hughes gained recognition for his performances at Bournemouth with a call-up to represent Scotland at under-21 level.[19]

His performances also earned him selection for the Scottish senior side, and he won his first cap against Estonia in May 2004.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

[21]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Bournemouth Second Division 44 2
1999-00 21 2
2000–01 44 8
2001–02 22 2
2002–03 Portsmouth First Division 6 0
2002–03 Grimsby Town First Division 12 1
2003–04 Portsmouth Premier League 11 0 1
2004–05 16 0
2005–06 26 0
2006–07 18 0
2007–08 13 0 2 0
2008–09 20 0 1 0 1 0 22 0
2009–10 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total England 235 15
Career total 235 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Great Matches – Richard Hughes". The News (Johnston Publishing Ltd). 28 August 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Why Portsmouth star Richard Hughes can't wait for UEFA Cup tie with AC Milan". MirrorFootball (Trinity Mirror). 26 November 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Portsmouth's glamour tie with Milan sure to cause family strife for midfielder Hughes". Mail Online (Associated Newspapers Ltd). 28 August 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Clouds gather over Houllier". The Telegraph. 23 February 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Brighton lose survival fight". BBC Sport. 4 May 2003. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Portsmouth 1–0 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 22 February 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "LuaLua signs new Portsmouth deal". BBC Sport. 28 July 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ferguson fury at Ronaldo reaction". BBC Sport. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "Portsmouth trio offered new deals". BBC Sport. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Portsmouth 4–1 Hereford". BBC Sport. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Leeds 3–3 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Hughes Given Leeds Goal". Portsmouth Football Club. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ten players shown door by Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  14. ^ Hughes set to sign for Cherries
  15. ^ BBC Sport - Sheffield Utd 5-3 Bournemouth
  16. ^ "Bournemouth secured their first League One victory of the season and also inflicted a first defeat on Yeovil.". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Richard Hughes: Bournemouth midfielder retires aged 34". BBC Sport. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Hughes contemplates life after football". AFC Bournemouth. 6 May 2014. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Bournemouth 2–0 Wycombe". BBC Sport. 23 April 2001. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Estonia 0–1 Scotland". BBC Sport. 27 May 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  21. ^ Richard Hughes – Football Stats Soccerbase

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