David Hughes (footballer, born 1978)
|Full name||Robert David Hughes|
|Date of birth||1 February 1978|
|Place of birth||Wrexham, Wales|
|1998||→ Carlisle United (loan)||1||(0)|
|2005||Port Talbot Town||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Wrexham, Hughes began his career at Aston Villa, where he played seven times during the 1996–97 season as a replacement for the injured Steve Staunton. He suffered with minor injuries over the next few years and made just one professional appearance in the following two years, playing in a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on 28 March 1998 while on loan to League One side Carlisle United.
Finding his chances at Villa Park limited on his return he joined Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer, making his debut in a 4-1 defeat to Exeter City. He spent two years as a regular first-team choice and, in February 2001, he signed for Cardiff City for a fee of £450,000, £225,000 of which was given to Aston Villa due to a sell on clause, and went straight into the Bluebirds side but injuries struck again and after failing to regain his place in the side he was released in 2003 and subsequently retired.
He was appointed the manager of Barry Town in 2003. After a short spell in charge he moved into an assistant manager role alongside Colin Addison who took over as manager in February 2004. However Addison left the club after just six months in charge and Hughes was re-instated as manager for a short time before he resigned in December 2004, along with the majority of the first-team squad, due to ongoing financial problems at the club.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Carlisle United (loan)||1997-98||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Port Talbot Town||2005-06||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
- "Cardiff clinch Hughes deal". BBC Sport. 9 February 2001. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 94. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
- "Hughes takes Barry post". BBC Sport. 29 August 2003. Retrieved 7 May 2008.
- "Barry Town profiles and history" (PDF). welshleague.org.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2009.
- Smith, Frank (22 September 2011). "Watford confirm new youth team coach". Watford Observer. Retrieved 18 April 2012.