Tommy Hughes (footballer, born 1947)

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Tommy Hughes
Personal information
Full name Thomas Alexander Hughes[1]
Date of birth (1947-07-11) 11 July 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Dalmuir, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1971 Chelsea 11 (0)
1971–1973 Aston Villa 16 (0)
1973 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 3 (0)
1973–1982 Hereford United 240 (0)
1982 Trowbridge Town
Total 270 (0)
National team
1969–1970 Scotland under-23 2 (0)
Teams managed
1982–1983 Hereford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Alexander Hughes[2] (born 11 July 1947) [3] is a Scottish former football goalkeeper.

Hughes started out with semi-professional side, Clydebank, before joining Chelsea in 1966. However, he was always understudy to Peter Bonetti whilst with the west London side, meaning he made just 11 appearances in four years. Hughes won two Scottish under-23 caps while at Chelsea.[4][5]

Hughes was transferred to Aston Villa for £12,500 in May 1971.[4] Hughes played sixteen times for Aston Villa in 1971-72, when Villa just pipped Brighton & Hove Albion for the Third Division championship. Hughes then lost his place at Aston Villa to Jim Cumbes. He went on loan to Brighton for a month in February 1973 when Brighton were struggling at the bottom of the Second Division. Hughes played three games for Brighton, whose manager Pat Saward was keen to sign him as permanently.

Brighton could not match the asking price, and Hughes was transferred to Hereford United in August 1973 for £15,000.[2] He spent nine seasons with Hereford United, and was a part of the side which won the Third Division championship in 1975-76. He was later caretaker manager of the club during the 1982-83 season.


  1. ^ "Tommy Hughes". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Albion A-Z , Who's Who of Brighton and Hove Albion FC { Calder and Harris 1997 } p119
  3. ^ The PFA Premier Football League Records 1946-2005 , ed. Barry J Hugman
  4. ^ a b Chelsea Football Club The Full Statistical Story 1905-1986 by Scott Cheshire and Ron Hockings ISBN 0-9511640-0-7
  5. ^ "Tommy Hughes". Retrieved 8 September 2015. 

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