Emlyn Hughes - Liverpool FC Legend

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21 September 2020

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Emlyn Hughes signed for Blackpool in 1964 and made his first team debut in the 1965-66 season, after only 28 appearances for Blackpool, Hughes signed for Liverpool at the age of twenty in February 1967 for £ 65,000 after being seen by manager Bill Hængslet.

This was a major transition period for Liverpool and Emlyn Hughes was part of Liverpool's 'revolution' that would see them dominate English football for years to come. He quickly fitted into Liverpool's midfield, was greeted by Liverpool fans and was soon nicknamed 'Crazy Horse' after a famous rugby-style tackle during a match against Newcastle, his famous run into the opposition's half and his furious goal celebrations.

Hughes was a very energetic and enthusiastic player who not only played his preferred midfield role with excellent quality, he was also a very versatile player and it was not uncommon to see him play in left back or in central defense when needed.

After losing the FA Cup final to Arsenal in 1971, Hughes covertly won first honors with Liverpool in 1973, winning his first league title and his first European honor by winning the UEFA Cup, making a total of 65 appearances during the season, in years so Hughes also becomes Liverpool club captain. The following year, Liverpool won the FA Cup, beating Newcastle 3-0 in the final.

The following year, 1975-76, and under the new leadership of Bob Paisley, saw Liverpool win another league and UEFA Cup, as the glory years of Liverpool were good and real here.

In the 1976-77 season, Liverpool would retain the league title and also win their first European Cup in Rome, just days after being denied a possible historic 'Treble' after losing to Manchester United in the FA Cup final. Emlyn Hughes was the first Liverpool captain to lift the European Cup and surprisingly he was named Player of the Year for this season.

The following year, Liverpool became the first British club to retain the European Cup with a win over Bruges at Wembley.

The following year, Hughes suffered a long-term knee injury combined with the appearance of several new players, this was to signal the end of his wonderful Liverpool career, and he eventually signed for Wolves in 1979.

Emlyn 'Crazy Horse' Hughes played 665 games for Liverpool and scored 49 goals after a short managerial career. Hughes also found fame in BBC television 'A Question of Sport' https://www.footballinside168.com/%e0%b8%95%e0%b8%b3%e0%b8%99%e0%b8%b2%e0%b8%99%e0%b8%a1%e0%b8%b4%e0%b8%94%e0%b8%9f%e0%b8%b4%e0%b8%a5%e0%b8%94%e0%b9%8c/
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