Gordon Hughes

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Gordon Hughes
Personal information
Full name Gordon Hughes[1]
Date of birth (1936-06-19)19 June 1936[1]
Place of birth Washington, England
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19xx–1956 Tow Law Town
1956–1963 Newcastle United 133 (18)
1963–1968 Derby County 184 (22)
1968–1971 Lincoln City 117 (9)
1971–1972 Boston United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gordon Hughes (born 19 June 1936) is an English former professional footballer who scored 49 goals from 434 appearances in the Football League playing for Newcastle United, Derby County and Lincoln City. He played as a right winger.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Hughes was born in Washington, which was then in County Durham.[1] He worked as a coal miner and played football part-time for Tow Law Town; even when he joined First Division club Newcastle United in 1956 he did not initially go full-time. He became a first-team regular in the 1957–58 season, and remained so for four years.[3] He was involved in one of the highest-scoring matches in the club's history, in September 1958. Newcastle led at Chelsea by four goals to three with half an hour to play when Hughes had to leave the field with a broken nose and eye damage. Although Newcastle scored again, Chelsea came back with three goals in the last ten minutes to win 6–5.[4] After more than a year out with a spinal injury that he thought might end his career, Hughes returned to Newcastle's first team in March 1963 with two goals against Bradford City in the FA Cup.[5]

After Peterborough United failed to sign him ahead of the April transfer deadline,[6] Hughes signed for Second Division Derby County for a £10,000 fee.[7] He played more than 200 times for Derby,[8] then joined Lincoln City towards the end of the 1967–68 season. He spent three years in the Fourth Division with Lincoln, playing 131 games in all competitions,[1] and was released in March 1971.[9]

He then moved into non-league football with Northern Premier League club Boston United, managed by former Lincoln teammate Jim Smith. He helped them reach the third round proper of the FA Cup in 1971–72, and ended his Boston career at the end of that season.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d "Gordon Hughes". The Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 28 February 2013.  Season details are sourced via the Season Stats dropdown menu at the bottom right of this page. The site is partly subscription-based, but only free-access sections are used for reference. If pop-up login dialogue boxes appear, press the "Cancel" button to proceed.
  2. ^ "Gordon Hughes". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Player Profile: Gordon Hughes". Toon1892. K.H. Scott. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Hackett, Desmond (11 September 1958). "Chelsea triumph in the 6–5 Special". Daily Express. p. 16. 
  5. ^ "Thomson pips Bristol City braves". Daily Express. 8 March 1963. p. 17. 
  6. ^ "Posh to splash £40,000". Daily Mirror. 5 April 1963. p. 30. 
  7. ^ "Hughes moves". Daily Mirror. 20 August 1963. p. 16. 
  8. ^ "Gordon Hughes". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hughes goes". Daily Express. 12 March 1971. p. 17. 
  10. ^ Gibson, Pat (12 January 1972). "We'll make it hot—Boston". Daily Express. p. 12. 
  11. ^ "Boston United's Squad – Season 1971/72". Boston United FC – The Original Website. Ken Fox. Retrieved 28 February 2013.