Cian Hughton

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Cian Hughton
Personal information
Full name Cian James Hughton
Date of birth (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Enfield, England
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2005–2008 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2009–2011 Lincoln City 63 (6)
2012 Birmingham City 0 (0)
National team
2007 Republic of Ireland U18 4 (0)
2007–2008 Republic of Ireland U19 4 (0)
2009–2010 Republic of Ireland U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:02, 30 June 2012 (UTC).

Cian James Hughton (born 25 January 1989) is a footballer who is a free agent after being released from Birmingham City in July 2012. A defender, he began his career with Tottenham Hotspur and played in the Football League for Lincoln City. He played international football for the Republic of Ireland under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

He joined Tottenham Hotspur's academy in 2005, and went on to make 15 youth team appearances that season. Established, he played a further 27 games the following season, scoring once and stepping into the reserve set-up, where he appeared on a total of 21 occasions over two seasons.

Lincoln City[edit]

On 27 July 2009 Hughton signed a six-month contract with Football League Two club Lincoln City.[1] He made his first-team debut in the 1–0 victory over Barnet on 8 August.[2]

He was given a new 18-month contract following the conclusion of his initial deal,[3] but found first team opportunities hard to come by after Chris Sutton left the club and Steve Tilson took over.[citation needed] In May 2011 he was not offered a new contract after a mass clear out of players following the club's relegation from the Football League.[4]

Birmingham City[edit]

In June 2011 he joined Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS for a ten-day trial but failed to earn a contract.[5] He also had trials at lower-league clubs including Bristol Rovers, where he appeared in a 5–1 pre-season win over local side Mangotsfield United,[6] and Milton Keynes Dons, where he scored in a 6–0 friendly victory against Buckingham Town.[7] Having spent several months training with Birmingham City, where his father became manager in June 2011, on 29 February 2012 Hughton signed for the club until the end of the season.[8] He was an unused substitute for the visit to Brighton & Hove Albion, but made no first-team appearances, and was released when his contract expired.[9]

International career[edit]

Hughton has had numerous calls into the Republic of Ireland under-18 and under-19 squads.[10] He made his under-21 debut as a substitute against Georgia under-21 at Tallaght Stadium on 9 October 2009,[11] and made his first start four days later against Switzerland under-21 at the Waterford Regional Sports Centre.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Hughton is the son of former Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland international player, Chris Hughton.[11] His uncle Henry Hughton was also a professional player.


  1. ^ "Lincoln agree deal with Hughton". BBC Sport. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lincoln City vs Barnet". Lincoln City F.C. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cian Hughton signs new contract with Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Steve Tilson clears out Lincoln City squad". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hassli becomes web sensation after spectacular strike". Vancouver Sun. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
    "Good time for Caps to be seeing Reds". Vancouver Sun. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Comfortable win". Bristol Rovers F.C. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Buckingham Town hit for six". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Peter pens deal". Birmingham City F.C. 29 February 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Tattum, Colin (16 May 2012). "Birmingham City secure David Murphy on new deal". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cian Hughton profile". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Nolan, Sean (3 December 2009). "Sprouting Up: Cian Hughton". eircom SportsHub. Retrieved 3 April 2012. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Late Garvan leveller hampers Switzerland". UEFA. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 

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