Ron Hughes (footballer born 1930)

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Ron Hughes
Personal information
Full name Ronald Hughes
Date of birth (1930-07-01) 1 July 1930 (age 84)
Place of birth Mold, Flintshire, Wales
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?-1950 Mold Alexandra
1950-62 Chester 399 (21)
1962-63 Holywell Town
Teams managed
Mold Alexandra
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ron Hughes (born 1 July 1930, Mold, Flintshire) was a professional footballer who played as a full-back. He spent his entire professional career with Chester City from 1950 to 1962, where he made the second most Football League appearances in the club's history after featuring in 399 games.

Playing career[edit]

Hughes joined Chester in September 1950 after completing his army service, having previously played for hometown club Mold Alexandra. His Football League debut arrived in March 1952 in a 5-0 win at Rochdale. Hughes went on to be a regular for the next decade, predominantly in the right-back spot. He didn't miss a first-team game between September 1956 and September 1958, and most other campaigns saw him miss very few games. As a reward for his loyalty, Hughes was awarded testimonial matches against Everton in 1957 and an All-Star XI in 1961.

Despite being a regular for so long, Hughes was released at the end of the 1961–62 season, his final appearance being a 2-0 loss at Carlisle United on the final day. His long-term defensive colleague Ray Gill was also allowed to leave, having made seven more league appearances for Chester than Hughes. They remain the two highest Football League appearance makers for Chester [1].

Hughes dropped back into non-league football with Holywell Town and had a spell back at Mold as manager in the 1970s. He later worked for the education department of Clwyd County Council.

Sources[edit]

  • Sumner, Chas (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City F.C. 1885-1997. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-52-6.