Carl McHugh

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Carl McHugh
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McHugh in action for the Republic of Ireland Under-19s
Personal information
Full name Carl Gerard McHugh[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Lettermacaward, Republic of Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Central defender, left back, midfielder
Club information
Current team
Motherwell
Number 8
Youth career
2009–2011 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Reading 0 (0)
2011 Swindon Supermarine (loan) 7 (2)
2011 Dundalk (loan) 12 (0)
2012–2014 Bradford City 30 (2)
2014–2016 Plymouth Argyle 81 (5)
2016– Motherwell 1 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Republic of Ireland U17 7 (0)
2010–2011 Republic of Ireland U19 5 (0)
2013 Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:39, 7 August 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:49, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

Carl Gerard McHugh (born 5 February 1993) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Scottish Premiership side Motherwell. Primarily a central defender, McHugh can also play as a left back, and even as a midfielder.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Lettermacaward, County Donegal, McHugh signed a scholarship with English club Reading at the age of 16.[3] McHugh spent loan spells at Swindon Supermarine and Dundalk.[4][5][6] McHugh spent one year as a professional at Reading before being released in the summer of 2012.[7]

Bradford City[edit]

McHugh signed for Bradford City in August 2012.[8] He made his professional debut for Bradford City on 28 August 2012, in a League Cup match against Watford.[9] He made his debut in The Football League on 27 October 2012, coming on as a substitute in the 1–0 defeat away at Burton Albion.[7]

In November, he starred and scored an equalising header for Bradford City in their FA Cup victory over Northampton Town.[10] Earlier that month, McHugh had been praised by his manager for his performance against Wigan Athletic in the League Cup,[11] and he later commented that his recent spell of first-team games had been a "huge learning curve" for him.[12] McHugh's performances have been praised by team-mate Rory McArdle.[13]

Following Bradford City's elimination of Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-final, McHugh was photographed waving the flag of his native county on the pitch at Villa Park. He later said, "That was the highlight of the night for me. Back in Bradford they might have thought it was the Irish flag, but they know now that it is the Donegal flag."[14] In the run-up to the 2013 Football League Cup Final, which McHugh played in, he was cited as an "unsung hero" of the Bradford City team.[15] In the latter stages of the 2012–13 season, McHugh began to be played more as a left back.[16] In June 2013, McHugh was praised by former Bradford City left-back Wayne Jacobs.[17] In July 2013, McHugh signed a new one-year contract with Bradford City,[18] and later that month he spoke about his fight to become a first-team member in the forthcoming season.[19]

In November 2013 McHugh publicly spoke about his lack of first-team football.[20] By 17 January 2014, however, he had played 3 of the club's last 4 games, and he credited a sports psychologist for helping him regain his first-team spot.[21]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

On 16 June 2014, McHugh signed a two-year contract with Plymouth Argyle.[22][23] McHugh played 50 games for Plymouth in his first season at the club, mainly at Centre Back alongside Peter Hartley and Curtis Nelson.[24] During the 2014/15 season Plymouth had one of the best defensive records in the league.[25]

Following the arrival of new Plymouth manager Derek Adams in the summer of 2015, McHugh was moved further up the field into a midfield role. McHugh has played all season in midfield, earning a lot of praise for his performances throughout the season.[26][27]

Motherwell[edit]

On 5 July 2016, McHugh signed a two-year contract with Motherwell.[28] McHugh's signing was met with much controversy, signing for Motherwell despite previously agreeing terms to extend his contract with previous club Plymouth Argyle in writing.[29]

International career[edit]

Having previously played for them at under-17 and under-19 levels,[30][31] McHugh was called up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad in January 2013.[32][33] He made his debut for the U21s on 6 February 2013, appearing as a second-half substitute in a 3–0 victory over the Netherlands.[34] McHugh was recalled to the Irish under-21 squad in March 2013,[35] and he earned a second cap for the under-21s on 25 March 2013.[36] He was re-called to the U21 squad in October 2013 for two Euro Championship qualifiers.[37]

Personal life[edit]

McHugh played Gaelic football for Na Rossa, where he was coached by All-Ireland winner Declan Bonner.[38] He is a close friend of Donegal Gaelic footballer Patrick McBrearty.[38][39] McHugh's footballing hero is Shay Given, who also comes from Donegal.[7][40]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 August 2016
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading 2010–11[41] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[42] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Swindon Supermarine (loan) 2010–11[5] 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Dundalk (loan) 2011[6][43] 12 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Bradford City 2012–13[44] 16 1 3 1 6 1 3 0 28 3
2013–14[45] 14 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 16 1
Total 30 2 3 1 7 1 4 0 44 4
Plymouth Argyle 2014–15[46] 44 2 1 0 1 1 4 0 50 3
2015–16[47] 37 3 1 0 1 0 5 1 44 4
Total 81 5 2 0 2 1 9 1 94 7
Motherwell 2016–17[48] 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 131 9 9 1 11 2 13 1 164 13

Honours[edit]

Bradford City[43]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 55. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  2. ^ James Law (16 July 2015). "Plymouth Argyle: Carl McHugh may play in midfield, says Adams". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Parker, Simon (4 September 2012). "Bradford City defender Carl McHugh a small-town hero with a big future". Telegraph & Argus. Newsquest. 
  4. ^ Reading and Dundalk career statistics at Soccerbase
  5. ^ a b "Profile". Swindon Supermarine F.C. 
  6. ^ a b "Profile". Dundalk F.C. 
  7. ^ a b c Paul Fletcher (22 February 2013). "Capital One Cup final: Defender's journey from despair to Wembley". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Parker, Simon (25 August 2012). "Bradford City: McHugh will come of age at Bantams, says Phil Parkinson". Telegraph & Argus. Newsquest. 
  9. ^ "Watford 1 – 2 Bradford". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "McHugh scores as Bradford City progress to the next round of the FA Cup". Donegal Daily. 14 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Parker, Simon (2 November 2012). "It's been a crazy few days, admits Bradford City's fledgling centre back Carl McHugh". Telegraph & Argus. Newsquest. 
  12. ^ Parker, Simon (20 November 2012). "Carl McHugh growing up fast in young Bradford City defence". Telegraph & Argus. Newsquest. 
  13. ^ Parker, Simon (21 January 2013). "Bradford City centre half Rory McArdle predicts big things from fast learner Carl McHugh". Telegraph & Argus. Newsquest. 
  14. ^ Campbell, Peter; Foley, Alan (24 January 2013). "Carl McHugh flies the Donegal flag in Bradford". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Simon Parker (23 February 2013). "Carl McHugh back on a high at Bradford City after Reading release". Telegraph & Argus. 
  16. ^ Simon Parker (8 March 2013). "Carl McHugh getting it right on the left for Bradford City". Telegraph & Argus. 
  17. ^ Simon Parker (14 June 2013). "Bradford City defender Carl McHugh tipped by Wayne Jacobs to make grade at higher level". Telegraph & Argus. 
  18. ^ "Bradford City; Carl McHugh signs new one year contract". BBC Sport. 3 July 2013. 
  19. ^ Simon Parker (17 July 2013). "Carl McHugh embraces battle for Bradford City places". Telegraph & Argus. 
  20. ^ Simon Parker (1 November 2013). "You never know when your chance will come, says Carl McHugh as he plays Bantams waiting game". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  21. ^ Simon Parker (17 January 2014). "Carl McHugh smiling again as Bradford City mind coach gets into his head". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "McHugh's That Man". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Plymouth Argyle sign former Bradford City man Carl McHugh". BBC Sport. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Carl McHugh | Football Stats | Plymouth Argyle | Season 2014/2015 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  25. ^ "John Sheridan says Argyle's outstanding defensive record is down to teamwork". Western Morning News. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  26. ^ "McHugh relishes Argyle midfield role". BBC. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  27. ^ "CHRIS ERRINGTON: Indestructible Carl McHugh is Argyle's version of Captain Scarlet". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  28. ^ "McHugh is new signing number five". motherwellfc.co.uk. Motherwell FC. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  29. ^ "English club unhappy as rising Donegal star opts to join Scottish Premier Division side". donegalnow.com. Donegal Now. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  30. ^ Carl McHughUEFA competition record
  31. ^ Republic of Ireland profile at SoccerScene
  32. ^ Kelly, Niall (25 January 2013). "Villa killer Carl McHugh called up to Ireland U21 squad". The Score. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  33. ^ Simon Parker (25 January 2013). "International call-up for Bradford City teenager Carl McHugh". Telegraph & Argus. 
  34. ^ "McHugh makes Under 21s debut". Bradford City A.F.C. 7 February 2013. 
  35. ^ "McHugh's Irish call up". Bradford City A.F.C. 19 March 2013. 
  36. ^ "McHugh earns second Irish cap". Bradford City A.F.C. 25 March 2013. 
  37. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/sportbcfc/10723513.Bradford_City_lose_another_defender_to_international_call/%7Ctitle=Bradford City lose another defender to international call|date=8 October 2013|accessdate=8 October 2013|author=Simon Parker|publisher=Telegraph & Argus}}
  38. ^ a b "McBrearty looking for time off". Hogan Stand. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  39. ^ "Patrick doesn't give an AFL about Oz". Donegal Now. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  40. ^ Parker, Simon (8 January 2013). "Bradford City v Aston Villa: Biggest night of McHugh's life? That's a Given!". Telegraph & Argus. Newsquest. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Carl McHugh in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  42. ^ "Games played by Carl McHugh in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  43. ^ a b Carl McHugh profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  44. ^ "Games played by Carl McHugh in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Carl McHugh in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Carl McHugh in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  47. ^ "Games played by Carl McHugh in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  48. ^ "Games played by Carl McHugh in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 July 2016.