Billy Hughes (footballer, born 1948)
|Full name||William Hughes|
|Date of birth||30 December 1948|
|Place of birth||Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1967||→ Vancouver Royal Canadians (loan)||7||(0)|
|1979||→ Carlisle United (loan)||5||(0)|
|1980||San Jose Earthquakes||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
William Hughes (born 30 December 1948 in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former professional footballer. During his career he played as a forward for Sunderland, Derby County, Leicester City, Carlisle United and San Jose Earthquakes making a total of 349 appearances, scoring 87 goals. He also won one cap for the Scotland national football team.
Hughes was discovered by Sunderland scout Tom Rutherford while playing for Coatbridge schools at the age of 16.
His Sunderland career may have ended rather prematurely due to his parent's wish for him to play for Celtic; where his brother, John, was a player. He went against his parent's wishes and stayed with Sunderland, where he would remain for 11 years. He made his Sunderland debut at the age of 18 on 4 February 1967 in a 2–2 draw against Liverpool.
Hughes played a large role in Sunderland's 1972-73 FA Cup run, scoring four goals on the way to the final. He scored one goal against Manchester City in the fifth round tie at Maine Road, and then another two in the replay at Roker Park. He also scored in the semi-final against Arsenal, and assisted Ian Porterfield in scoring the winner against Leeds United on 5 May 1973. His Sunderland career ended in September 1977 when Derby County paid £30,000 for his signature. In his time at Sunderland Hughes amassed 332 appearances, scoring 82 times. Leeds United manager Don Revie had tried to prise Hughes away from Sunderland at one point, and spoke positively about the Scotsman saying he "is one of the most exciting players I've seen. He loves to go forward. He runs straight at opponents forcing them to commit themselves and can shoot with either foot."
His stay at Derby County was brief, he lasted just two months before being allowed to join Leicester City for £45,000 in December 1977. He had made just 19 league appearances for Derby County, scoring eight goals. Hughes remained at Leicester until 1979, scoring five goals in 37 league appearances. His spell with Leicester also included a loan stay at Carlisle United where he made five appearances. North American Soccer League team San Jose Earthquakes was Hughes' last professional team, but he only made a solitary appearance. He had a short stay at non-league Corby Town before retiring from playing.
His older brother John was also a footballer, and played together with Billy at Sunderland in 1973. Following his retirement from football, Hughes worked as a licensee in Derby, and later returned to the North East England as clubhouse manager of Stressholme Golf Club in Darlington.
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