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Emlyn Hughes

Born 28th August 1947 - Barrow

Games 657 appearances scoring 48 goals

Honours - 2 European Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 4 League Championships, 1 FA Cup, 62 England Caps

Crazy Horse.  Hughes was signed in February 1967 by Shankly and was one of the first men to be brought in to start re-building the first of Shanks' great sides.  He was the first of the new signings to cement a place in the side.  Hughes cost £65,000 from Blackpool when he signed although Shankly had watched him for months.

He gained his Crazy Horse nickname after just four matches at the reds and it stuck for the rest of his career.  Emlyn was predominantly left sided although was strong with both feet and also dominant in the air and despite some early rash challenges he went on to become a very cool and calm customer on the pitch.  In 1973/74 he replaced Tommy Smith as captain of the side and it was he who became the first Red to lift the European cup.  At the time of taking over captaincy he moved into the centre of defence to form a very strong partnership with Phil Thompson.  His captaincy was typified in his play rather than as a talker on the pitch.  He led by example and although he wasn't always popular with team mates after the change from Tommy Smith he remained captain.

His career saw him score a number of important goals for the reds and they usually came from one of his crazy runs forward from the defensive line.  His character was very bubbly and you could always find a huge grin on Hughes' face throughout his career.  He lifted the UEFA Cup for the reds and then went on to captain the side to back to back European Cup wins.  When he finally left the club he joined Wolves and as captain there took them on to League Cup success.

He was a born leader on the pitch and he is still the most capped Red for England whilst at the club.  After his career had finished he even managed to become a captain again.  This time it was on TV's quiz show A Question of Sport.  Sadly Emlyn Hughes died in late 2004.

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