Kevin McHugh

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Kevin McHugh
McHugh playing for Derry City during the 2006 League of Ireland Premier Division season
Personal information
Full name Kevin McHugh
Date of birth (1980-01-19) 19 January 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Letterkenny, Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Finn Harps 184 (106)
2000Omagh Town (loan) 8 (3)
2006–2008 Derry City 88 (12)
2009 Linfield 26 (4)
2010–2016 Finn Harps 81 (36)
Total 387 (161)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kevin McHugh (Irish: Caoimhín MacAodha); born 19 January 1980 in Letterkenny, Ireland) is a former Irish footballer and current manager of Finn Harps F.C. under-15 League of Ireland team. He is considered one of Donegal's best-known sportstars.[1]


McHugh was born in Letterkenny and raised in the border-town of Killea in County Donegal.

Finn Harps[edit]

McHugh scored and made his debut for Ballybofey-side, Finn Harps, against Fanad United in the League of Ireland Cup as just a novice 17-year-old in August 1998. He went on to make 184 appearances for the side, building up a reputation as one of the deadliest forwards in the Irish game by scoring 110 league goals. In 2005, the striker became one of just five then-current players to join the 38-strong group of players to have scored 100 or more league goals in the modern era.

McHugh scored his 99th and 100th League of Ireland goals at Finn Park on 22 October 2005 as Harps thrashed Longford 5-0 [1].

Despite the relegation of Finn Harps from the League of Ireland Premier Division, McHugh finished third highest scorer in the 2005 season with 13 goals. He attracted the attention of other clubs, including Shelbourne and Bohemians, before the beginning of the 2006 season.

Only Brendan Bradley has scored more goals than McHugh for Finn Harps. In his first spell at the club, the Killea man scored 122 goals in 248 games for Harps and was top scorer for the club in six successive seasons from 2000/01 until he left Finn Park in 2005.

He was top scorer in the First Division three times in a row with Harps.[2]


Kevin McHugh signed a two and a half year contract with Linfield in January 2009.[3] Kevin scored his first Linfield goal on his first start with a last gasp winner at home to Institute. He had a setback at the start of the next season, with a serious hamstring injury. This left him sidelined for over 4 months, never recovered and left and returned to Finn Park for their preseason.[4]

Return to Finn Harps[edit]

McHugh signed back for Harps in February 2010 [5]

In his first three seasons back with the Ballybofey club he has scored 36 goals, 12 in his first season, 11 in his second and 13 goals in 2012 making him ninth in the all-time League of Ireland goalscoring list with 154 league goals.

His testimonial was contested by a Donegal GAA select and a Finn Harps select at Finn Park, with one half Gaelic football and the other half soccer.[1]

In October 2016, McHugh suffered a freak injury while hosting an under-age coaching session in Donegal. When he was jumping over a gate to get a set of goalposts, his wedding ring got caught in the fence and he severed a finger.[6] The finger was too badly damaged to be repaired and the injury ended his football career.[7]

In November 2016, McHugh was named as the manager of Finn Harps F.C. under-15 team for the inaugural League of Ireland under-15 season which gets underway in August 2017.[8]


  • As of the end of the 2015 season, Kevin is fifth in the all-time League of Ireland goalscoring list with 173 league goals.[2]


Finn Harps
Derry City

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  1. ^ a b "Soccer and GAA join forces to give sportstar McHugh a unique testimonial game". Donegal Daily. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Ireland - List of Topscorers". Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "'Could you go back up and get my finger?' Finn Harps' Kevin McHugh on horror injury". Irish Sun. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Finn Harps footballer Kevin McHugh severs finger". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
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