Nick : The Crazy Horse
Birthdate : 28.08.1947
Birthplace : Barrow-In-Furness, England
Bought from : Blackpool
Signed for LFC : £65.000 27.02.1967
Pos : Defender
Play and Goal : 665 Time and 49 Goal


Emlyn was one of the most
enthusiastic players ever to pull on a
Liverpool jersey, fiercely strong and
with immense stamina. Shanks saw
Emlyn play in one of his first games
for Blackpool and offered 25,000 pounds for him immediately. He got
his man the following season for a
considerably higher fee, 65,000
pounds. Shanks threw him straight
into the side and he played 10 First
Division games before the end of that 1966-67 season. Kop took him
quickly to their hearts and he got the
nickname “Crazy Horse” after he
rugby-tackled Newcastle’s forward
Albert Bennett who was slipping
through his grasp in his fifth game for Liverpool. On a lighter note he was
not only a hit with the Kop, but also
with the girls as he was voted the most
attractive Football League player at
the end of the 1968/69 season,
polling 5,000 more votes than 2nd place, receiving 36,000 votes in total.

His strong runs from midfield made
numerous openings for his colleagues,
although he possessed a venomous shot
which brought him nearly 50 goals as
a Liverpool player, a typical example
being his run from half-way in the home game with Spurs in December
1968 which he finished with a
powerful drive that left Pat Jennings
helpless. Emlyn’s Liverpool career
started alongside most of the names
that had brought the club so much success in the mid-60’s but he was
never going to be one of the casualties
in the aftermath of the shock FA cup
defeat at Watford in February 1970.
Shankly knew what a gem he had
found and his was one of the first names on the teamsheet. 1972-73
was the big breakthrough year for
Emlyn and Liverpool. After narrowly
missing out on honours the previous
two seasons (beaten by Arsenal in the
cup final and being deprived of the League championship again by Arsenal
in the final fixture of 1971-72) the
Reds gained ample compensation by
winning the title after a 7-year
absence and also collecting their
first European trophy, the UEFA cup. Emlyn played in an astonishing
SIXTY-FIVE competitive games for
Liverpool that season but never openly
displayed any signs of real tiredness.

Emlyn started out as a midfielder
and played there until 1973/74 when
he moved to centre-half alongside
Phil Thompson. They formed an
innovative partnership, building
Liverpool’s attacks from the back by passing to the midfield instead of
hoofing the ball upfield. Hughes was
made captain instead of Tommy
Smith. The honours kept coming – the
FA cup in 1974, another League/
UEFA cup ‘double’ in 1976 and then finally in 1977 the biggest prize of
all, the European cup won in the
‘Eternal’ city of Rome and collected
– as so aptly put by commentator
Barry Davies at the time – by the man
wearing ‘the smile of the season’. He was also honoured by the sportswriters
as their ‘Footballer of the Year’.
Emlyn was a versatile player equally
at home in a full-back position
(where he was often used by England),
as a central defender or maybe his best years at Anfield where when he
was surging through from his midfield
position? Emlyn’s smile did show how
much he loved playing football and
how much he loved playing for
Liverpool and what an honour it was for him to represent his country, for
whom he made a total of 62
appearances, 23 of which as captain.
Hughes was still skipper when the
European cup was retained at
Wembley in 1978 but as his 30th birthday approached he could no
longer be sure of his place in the side.
In August 1979, after 12 and a half
wonderful years as a Liverpool player,
he made the decision to move to
Wolverhampton Wanderers, receiving a rapturous welcome when he returned
to Anfield with his new club and also
finishing his first season at Molineux
by receiving the Football League cup,
just about the only trophy he hadn’t
won as a Liverpool player.

Emlyn moved on to Rotherham as
player-manager and proudly brought
his team over to Anfield for a League
cup tie in November 1982, which the
Reds only won thanks to Craig
Johnston’s late strike. He also had brief spells with Hull City, Mansfield
Town and Swansea City but never
approached the success as a manager
that he had enjoyed as a player. As he
passed his 50th birthday, Emlyn was
working as hard as ever with his business interests but always talked
with enormous affection about his
decade and more on Merseyside. Very
few men ever reached the heights that
Emlyn Hughes did as a footballer
and there is no doubt that he deserves to be in any “Hall of Fame” for what
he achieved for the club he served so
loyally and for so long. One of
Liverpool’s greatest players, his
glorious Liverpool career boasted 665
games, 49 goals, 4 championship titles, the FA cup, the UEFA cup and
two European cups. Emlyn passed
away on 9th November 2004, at the
age of 57.



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