Aaron Hughes

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Aaron Hughes
Aaron Hughes 2012.jpg
Hughes lining up for Northern Ireland in 2012
Personal information
Full nameAaron William Hughes [1]
Date of birth (1979-11-08) 8 November 1979 (age 39) [1]
Place of birth Cookstown, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) [2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Heart of Midlothian
Number 16
Youth career
1996–1998 Newcastle United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1997–2005 Newcastle United 205 (4)
2005–2007 Aston Villa 54 (0)
2007–2014 Fulham 196 (1)
2014 Queens Park Rangers 11 (0)
2014–2015 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 (0)
2015–2016 Melbourne City 6 (1)
2016–2017 Kerala Blasters 11 (1)
2017– Heart of Midlothian 27 (0)
National team
Northern Ireland U16 2 (0)
Northern Ireland U18 5 (1)
1997–1998 Northern Ireland B 2 (0)
1998– Northern Ireland 112 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 18 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:57, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Aaron William Hughes (born 8 November 1979) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian and the Northern Ireland national team as a defender. Hughes plays mainly at centre back, but can also be used at right back or left back, as well as anywhere in midfield. He is renowned for his disciplined defending, having made 455 Premier League appearances without getting sent off, which is the second-most in the history of the league, behind only Ryan Giggs. [3] [4] [5]

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He began his career with Newcastle United, making his debut in 1997 and playing 279 games for the club across all competitions. He remained with the club until 2005, when he was transferred to Aston Villa for £1 million, and two years later he was signed by his former international manager Lawrie Sanchez to play for Fulham. He spent six-and-a-half seasons at Fulham, reaching the UEFA Europa League final in 2010. After leaving the club in January 2014, he had brief spells in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers and Brighton & Hove Albion, and abroad with Melbourne City FC and Kerala Blasters FC.

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Hughes made his full international debut aged 18 in 1998 and has earned 110 caps for Northern Ireland, the second most in the nation's history, behind goalkeeper Pat Jennings. He captained the national team from 2003 up to international retirement in 2011, but returned to the team the following year and was included in their squad for UEFA Euro 2016.

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Club career

Newcastle United

Born in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Hughes came through the ranks at Newcastle United. He made his first team debut in the Camp Nou in a match between Newcastle and Barcelona on 26 November 1997, replacing Philippe Albert at half-time in a 1–0 UEFA Champions League defeat. His league debut came against Sheffield Wednesday on 10 January 1998, playing the entirety of a 2–1 defeat at Hillsborough. Although he featured in the earlier rounds, including the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the latter campaign as a 36th-minute replacement for the injured Steve Howey, [6] Hughes was not included in Newcastle's squads for their FA Cup Final defeats in 1998 and 1999.

Cookstown town in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Cookstown is a town and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is the fourth largest town in the county and had a population of 22,838 in the 2011 census. It is one of the main towns in the area of Mid-Ulster. It was founded around 1620 when the townlands in the area were leased by an English ecclesiastical lawyer, Dr. Alan Cooke, from the Archbishop of Armagh, who had been granted the lands after the Flight of the Earls during the Plantation of Ulster. It was one of the main centres of the linen industry West of the River Bann, and until 1956, the processes of flax spinning, weaving, bleaching and beetling were carried out in the town.

County Tyrone Place

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He established himself in the team in the 1999–00 season under Ruud Gullit and later Bobby Robson. Hughes scored his first goal for the club on 19 September 1999, heading Kieron Dyer's cross past Kevin Pressman to open an 8–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at St. James' Park, [7] and added his other goal of the season six months later to begin a 2–0 victory at Everton, dispossessing David Weir from six yards out and scoring past Paul Gerrard. [8]

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Before the 2001–02 season, Hughes featured as Newcastle reached the final of that summer's UEFA Intertoto Cup. In the semi-final first leg away to 1860 Munich at the Olympiastadion, he headed in Wayne Quinn's cross in the 83rd minute to win the match 3–2. [9] In the second leg of the final on 21 August, he scored a last-minute equaliser for a 4–4 draw against Troyes, but his team lost on the away goals rule. [10] On 27 January 2002, he confirmed a 4–2 win at Peterborough United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, again heading in a cross from Quinn. [11] In August 2003 he missed the crucial penalty in the shootout as Newcastle lost in the final qualifying round for the 2003–04 Champions League. [12]

The 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup finals were won by Aston Villa, Paris Saint-Germain and Troyes. All three teams advanced to the UEFA Cup.

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Aston Villa

On 20 May 2005, Hughes was sold to fellow Premier League side Aston Villa for a fee of £1 million, on a three-year contract. [13] He made his debut on 13 August, as they began the season with a 2–2 draw against Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park, all four goals coming in the first nine minutes. [14] During his time in the West Midlands, he made 64 appearances in all competitions for his club.

Fulham

Aaron Hughes playing for Fulham in a UEFA Europa League match in 2009 AHughes.JPG
Aaron Hughes playing for Fulham in a UEFA Europa League match in 2009

On 27 June 2007, Hughes was announced as a new signing for Premier League side Fulham. He was quoted as saying "I'm delighted to be joining Fulham and am looking forward to working with Lawrie Sanchez at club level. I enjoyed my time at Aston Villa but when this opportunity presented itself I had no hesitation in coming to discuss the Manager's ambitions for the Club, which obviously were of great interest to me. I'm happy to have signed before the start of pre-season, which gives me the opportunity of being with the lads on day one, when we come back to training next week." [15] [16] He took the captain's armband in the absence of Brian McBride and latterly, Danny Murphy. On 4 December 2009, Hughes signed a new deal with the club which would see him remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2013. [17]

He scored his first goal for Fulham on 26 December 2010, heading a Simon Davies cross to open a 1–3 defeat to West Ham United at Craven Cottage. [18] His second goal came against Dnipro in the Europa League on 18 August 2011, set up by Matthew Briggs for the first goal of a 3–0 victory. [19]

On 14 September 2012, Hughes signed a one-year contract extension with Fulham, keeping him at the club until 2014. [20] He scored his third goal for Fulham, in his third different competition, against Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on 26 January 2013, heading Giorgos Karagounis' cross at the end of a 4–1 defeat at Old Trafford. [21]

Queens Park Rangers

After 17 appearances for Fulham earlier in the season, on 31 January 2014, Hughes joined Queens Park Rangers of the Championship on a free transfer. Manager Harry Redknapp signed him on a short-term deal until the end of the season, saying that Hughes would be useful in a defence suffering from injuries, while the player himself refuted suggestion that he was taking a step down in his career. [22] Redknapp had previously tried to sign Hughes before he joined Newcastle. [22]

He started on the bench a day later when the side drew 3–3 against Burnley, and made his debut on 10 February when they lost 1–0 to Derby. On 24 May, Hughes was an unused substitute as QPR earned promotion to the Premier League with a 1–0 victory over Derby County in the play-off final at Wembley. [23] On 1 July 2014, he was among seven players released by QPR following the expiration of their contracts. [24]

Brighton & Hove Albion

Following his release from QPR, Hughes signed a one-year contract with fellow Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on 14 July, becoming Sami Hyypiä's first signing at the club. [25] He made his debut on 9 August as they began the campaign with a 0–1 home loss to Sheffield Wednesday at the Falmer Stadium. [26] He only played 13 matches across all competitions, and did not feature at all after January 2015. [27] On 27 April, before the season had finished, it was announced that Hughes and compatriot Paddy McCourt would be released at its conclusion. [28]

Melbourne City

On 13 July 2015, it was announced that Hughes had signed a one-year contract for Melbourne City of the A-League. He credited Damien Duff, his former Fulham teammate, with persuading him to make the move. [29] Hughes was first included in a matchday squad on 5 November, remaining an unused substitute in a 4–2 win away to Adelaide United. [30] He made his debut eight days later in a 0–3 home loss to Western Sydney Wanderers at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, being replaced at half time by Jack Clisby. [31] On 2 January 2016, Hughes scored his first goal in Australia, heading in Harry Novillo's corner kick to open a 2–2 home draw against Sydney FC. [32] Hughes was released by Melbourne City on 28 April 2016. [33]

Kerala Blasters

On 28 July 2016, it was announced that Hughes would join the Kerala Blasters of the Indian Super League as their marquee player for the 2016 season. [34] [35] He made his debut on 1 October, playing the full 90 minutes as they began the campaign with a 1–0 loss at Northeast United FC, [36] and scored his first goal on 25 November, the winner in a 2–1 victory over FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. [37] Hughes helped the Kochi-based team to the final, which they lost on penalties at home to Atlético de Kolkata. [38]

Heart of Midlothian

Hughes signed for Scottish Premiership club Heart of Midlothian on 9 January 2017, agreeing a contract due to run until the end of the season. [39] He made his debut 13 days later in a Scottish Cup fourth round match away to Raith Rovers, in which BBC Sport described him as having "the composure of a Northern Ireland centurion despite his advancing years". [40] Despite suffering injuries that kept him out of action for two months, Hughes signed a one-year contract with Hearts on 5 May 2017. [41]

International career

Hughes made his debut for Northern Ireland on 25 March 1998, against Slovakia. [42] He first captained his country on 17 April 2002, against Spain in Belfast. He was the regular captain from 2003 until his retirement in 2011, leading the team in notable wins over England, Spain and Sweden. With Hughes injured, Fulham teammate Chris Baird was given the honour of captaining Northern Ireland for Nigel Worthington's first games as manager. Hughes scored his only international goal, thirteen and a half years and 77 caps after his debut, against the Faroe Islands on 10 August 2011, opening a 4–0 win in qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 at Windsor Park. [42]

He announced his retirement from international football in September 2011; [42] injury meant that he could not play in the final Euro 2012 qualifying matches, so he retired on 79 caps. [43] On 19 February 2012, Hughes announced his return to international football, [44] and ten days later played in Michael O'Neill's first match as manager, a 3–0 home friendly defeat to Norway. [45] On 31 May 2015, Hughes earned his 96th cap by captaining the team to a 1–1 friendly draw against Qatar at Gresty Road in Crewe, surpassing his former teammate David Healy to become Northern Ireland's most capped outfield player of all time, and second overall to goalkeeper Pat Jennings. [27]

Ahead of UEFA Euro 2016, Hughes became the first Northern Irish outfield player to earn 100 caps when he came on as a 30th-minute substitute for the injured Craig Cathcart in a goalless friendly away to Slovakia on 4 June. [46] Twelve days later he made his tournament debut at the age of 36, marking Yevhen Konoplyanka in a 2–0 win over Ukraine in Lyon. [47]

Personal life

Hughes is married to Samantha, with whom he has two daughters. [48] He has a younger brother, Ian, who is a competitive field hockey player. [49]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 30 December 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Newcastle United 1996–97 [50] Premier League 0000000000
1997–98 [51] 4010102 [lower-alpha 1] 080
1998–99 [52] 140201000170
1999–00 [53] 27240003 [lower-alpha 2] 0342
2000–01 [54] 3502030400
2001–02 [55] 34051306 [lower-alpha 3] 2483
2002–03 [56] 351100012 [lower-alpha 1] 0481
2003–04 [57] 340200011 [lower-alpha 4] 0470
2004–05 [58] 221202010 [lower-alpha 2] 0361
Newcastle United Total20541911004422787
Aston Villa 2005–06 [59] Premier League 3504020410
2006–07 [60] 1901030230
Aston Villa Total540505000640
Fulham 2007–08 [61] Premier League 3001010320
2008–09 [62] 3805010440
2009–10 [63] 340500017 [lower-alpha 5] 0560
2010–11 [64] 3813020431
2011–12 [65] 190100010 [lower-alpha 5] 1291
2012–13 [66] 2403110281
2013–14 [67] 1302020170
Fulham Total1961201702712503
Queens Park Rangers 2013–14 [67] Championship 110000000110
Queens Park Rangers Total110000000110
Brighton & Hove Albion 2014–15 [68] Championship 1000030130
Brighton & Hove Albion Total100003000130
Melbourne City 2015–16 [69] A-League 610061
Melbourne City Total61000061
Kerala Blasters 2016 [70] Indian Super League 5151
Kerala Blasters Total510051
Heart of Midlothian 2016–17 [71] Scottish Premiership 80400000120
2017–18 [72] 1903010230
Heart of Midlothian Total270701000350
Career total514651226071366212
  1. 1 2 Appearances in the Champions League
  2. 1 2 Appearances in the UEFA Cup
  3. Appearances in the Intertoto Cup
  4. One appearance in the Champions League and ten in the UEFA Cup
  5. 1 2 Appearances in the Europa League

2011–12 appearances includes match in Europa League, away to Dnipro on 25 August 2011, which is currently not included on Soccerbase website.

International

As of match played 3 June 2018. [73] [74]

Northern Ireland
YearAppsGoals
199850
199950
200060
200160
200240
200380
200460
200560
200650
200760
200860
200980
201040
201141
201250
201340
201460
201520
201680
201750
201830
Total1121

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