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Billy Hughes

Full name: William Hughes
Birthdate: 30.12.1948
Birthplace: Coatbridge, Lanarkshire
Position: Forward
Joined from: Derby County
Signed by: Frank McLintock
Nationality: Scotland
First game: Middlesbrough, 26.12.1977
Last game: Preston North End, 17.04.1979
Games: 39 (38 starts + 1 subs)
Goals: 5
Player Profile

The versatile Scottish-born forward made his name at Sunderland, who he joined from local club Coatbridge Juniors, staying on Wearside over a decade and being part of numerous Black Cats teams that suffered relegation and experienced promotion campaigns.

Hughes, brother of Celtic famous forward John, was also part of the Sunderland team that famously won the FA Cup in 1973, taking the corner in the build-up to the goal that won them the game, and also scored four goals en route to that Wembley appearance.

His time as a Mackem came to an end in 1977 when Derby County signed him but, without really hitting top-form with the Rams, Foxes boss Frank McLintock took him to Filbert Street to help Leicester in their battle against relegation. He stayed at City little over a year and moved across the pond to San Jose Earthquakes after a loan stint with Carlisle, although he didn't really settle in America and tumbled down the league ladder on his return to England.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1977-78 Division One (old)18 21 0- -- -- - 19 2
1978-79 Division Two (old)19 3- -1 0- -- - 20 3
Total 37 51 01 0- -- - 39 5

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 26.12.1977 0 - 0 Middlesbrough (H) Division One (old)
2 27.12.1977 1 - 3 Manchester United (A) Division One (old)
3 31.12.1977 2 - 3 West Ham United (A) Division One (old)
4 02.01.1978 0 - 1 Manchester City (H) Division One (old)
5 21.01.1978 0 - 0 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division One (old)
6 28.01.1978 0 - 1 Walsall (A) FA Cup 4
7 04.02.1978 0 - 2 Everton (A) Division One (old)
8 11.02.1978 1 - 1 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)
9 25.02.1978 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
10 04.03.1978 0 - 0 Aston Villa (A) Division One (old)
11 11.03.1978 0 - 1 Coventry City (A) Division One (old)
12 14.03.1978 0 - 1 Nottingham Forest (A) Division One (old)
13 18.03.1978 2 - 2 Norwich City (H) Division One (old) <
14 25.03.1978 2 - 3 Manchester United (H) Division One (old)
15 27.03.1978 1 - 0 Middlesbrough (A) Division One (old) 1
16 28.03.1978 1 - 5 Leeds United (A) Division One (old) <
17 01.04.1978 0 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
18 08.04.1978 2 - 3 Liverpool (A) Division One (old) 1
19 15.04.1978 1 - 4 Birmingham City (H) Division One (old)
20 19.08.1978 2 - 2 Burnley (A) Division Two (old) 1
21 23.08.1978 0 - 1 Sheffield United (H) Division Two (old)
22 26.08.1978 1 - 1 Cambridge United (H) Division Two (old)
23 30.08.1978 0 - 1 Derby County (H) League Cup 2
24 02.09.1978 0 - 0 Wrexham (A) Division Two (old)
25 16.09.1978 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
26 23.09.1978 4 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion (H) Division Two (old) 2
27 30.09.1978 1 - 0 Leyton Orient (A) Division Two (old)
28 07.10.1978 0 - 1 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old)
29 14.10.1978 0 - 3 Charlton Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
30 21.10.1978 0 - 1 Cardiff City (A) Division Two (old)
31 28.10.1978 0 - 0 Bristol Rovers (H) Division Two (old) <
32 04.11.1978 1 - 0 Luton Town (A) Division Two (old)
33 11.11.1978 2 - 1 Burnley (H) Division Two (old)
34 18.11.1978 1 - 1 Cambridge United (A) Division Two (old)
35 22.11.1978 1 - 1 Wrexham (H) Division Two (old)
36 25.11.1978 1 - 2 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old)
37 02.12.1978 0 - 0 Stoke City (A) Division Two (old)
38 14.04.1979 1 - 2 Sunderland (H) Division Two (old)
39 17.04.1979 0 - 4 Preston North End (A) Division Two (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Derby County Unknown December 1977
OUT  Carlisle United On loan September 1979
OUT  San Jose Earthquakes Unknown April 1980
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