Anthony Hughes (footballer)

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Anthony Hughes
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-10-03) 3 October 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Crewe Alexandra 23 (1)
1994–1998 Morecambe
Winsford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony Hughes (born 3 October 1973) is an English former professional footballer who played as a central defender.


Hughes began his career with Crewe Alexandra, where he made 23 appearances in the Football League.[1][2] He made his debut against Torquay United on 15 August 1992, and scored his first (and only) league goal for Crewe against Carlisle United on 6 April 1993, both at Gresty Road.[3]

Hughes later played non-league football for four seasons at Morecambe, and playing for Winsford United before quitting the game, aged 29.[4]

Hughes also participated at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship, making six appearances for England as they finished third in the tournament, held in Australia.[5]

On 27 November 2016, Hughes revealed that he had been abused by former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell, a core figure in the United Kingdom football sexual abuse scandal.[6]


  1. ^ "Anthony Hughes". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  2. ^ "CREWE ALEXANDRA : 1946/47 - 2010/11". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database.
  3. ^ Crisp, Marco (1998). Crewe Alexandra Match by Match. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 124. ISBN 1 899468 81 1.
  4. ^ Charles Morris (16 June 2003). "Too much too young". When Saturday Comes.
  5. ^ Anthony HughesFIFA competition record (archive)
  6. ^ "Football sex abuse: Crewe launch child abuse investigation". BBC News. BBC. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.