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Laurie Hughes

Liverpool FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 1 D 0 L 2 F 2: A 2
33% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name Laurie Hughes
Born 2 March 1924 in Waterloo, Liverpool, Lancashire [registered as Laurie, in West Derby, June 1924].
notes Hughes appeared on several passenger lists. Firstly, he was on the Queen Mary, that had left Southampton, bound for New York under the mastership of C.M. Ford, on 4 May 1946, along with other members of Liverpool FC.
Again, Hughes was on board the Queen Elizabeth, leaving Southampton for New York, under the mastership of G.E. Care, on 7 May 1948, along with other members of Liverpool FC.
Finally, Hughes was back on the Queen Mary, leaving Southampton for New York on 6 May 1953, under the mastership of C.I. Thompson, along with other members of Liverpool FC. His address was stated as 22 Bulcher Street in Liverpool.
Married to Mildred Shacklady [registered in Corby, Lancashire, September 1954].
Died 9 September 2011 in Liverpool, aged 87 years 191 days
Height/Weight 6' 0", 12st. 4lbs [1950].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies x

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) x
Club honours x
Individual honours x
Distinctions x


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 694th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
First match No. 256, 25 June 1950, England 2 Chile 0, a World Cup Finals group match at Estádio Municipal, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, aged 26 years 115 days.
Last match No. 258, 2 July 1950, Spain 1 England 0, a World Cup Finals group match at Estádio Municipal, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, aged 26 years 122 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950;
Team honours None
Individual honours England B (one appearance, 1950)
Distinctions First player to make his England debut at a Major Tournament Final.
All his three appearances were at a Major Tournament Final.

Beyond England

x.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.


Laurie Hughes - Career Statistics
Parties Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
3 3 3 270 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Laurie Hughes - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Neutral - WCF 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
All 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1


Laurie Hughes - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
Blue 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
All 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1


Laurie Hughes - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Final Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
WCF All 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
All 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1

Match History
 Club: Liverpool F.C. - three full appearances (270 min)

manager: Walter Winterbottom - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 25
251 16 November 1949 - England 9 Ireland 2, Maine Road, Manchester BC/
HW reserve

Age 26
1 b 18 January 1950 - England 5 Switzerland 0, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HW Start 5
b 22 February 1950 - England 1 Netherlands A 0, St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fr HW withdrew injured
b 11 May 1950 - Italy 5 England 0, Stadio San Siro, Milano
AL withdrew injured
254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estadio Nacional, Lisboa AW
b 17 May 1950 - Netherlands A 3 England 0, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam AL
255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles AW
b 21 May 1950 - Luxembourg 1 England 2, Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzeburg AW
1 256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio
NW Start 5
2 257 29 June 1950 - United States 1 England 0, Estádio Independência, Belo Horizonte NL Start 5
3 258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio NL Start 5


Laurie Hughes scaled the loftiest peak available to a club footballer in 1947, helping Liverpool to lift the first post-war League Championship. But three years later in the World Cup finals he plumbed a barely imaginable depth in the shirt of his country as England were humbled by the rank outsiders, the US.

The lanky Merseysider was a remorselessly effective central defender - one contemporary report had him heading the ball away "with the persistence of a mechanical ramrod" - but he was far from a typical muscle-bound stopper in an era when subtlety did not feature prominently among the qualities of most No 5s. "Big Lol" was something else, a stylish, positionally perceptive and skilful centre-half, and if there were occasional moments when his apparent nonchalance in possession of the ball when surrounded by marauding attackers caused palpitations on the Kop, it did nothing to lessen the lasting affection in which he was held by most Anfield regulars in times both triumphant and troubled.

He was brave, too, once leaving the field against Arsenal to have stitches inserted in an ugly head wound, then returning to carry on the battle and not shrinking from neck-or-nothing aerial challenges. Yet for all his attributes, after starring in schoolboy football Hughes had been rejected by Liverpool, deemed too slight to make his mark in the dauntingly physical professional game, and he signed instead for Tranmere Rovers as an amateur.

However, a sudden growth spurt and a series of richly promising displays for the Birkenhead side brought about a rapid change of heart at Anfield, and in February 1943 he recrossed the Mersey. Though still in his teens he bedded in quickly, earning a regular place in the first team for the last three years of the war and making his senior debut in an FA Cup tie against Chester in January 1946.

Hugely significant in his continued development, and his emergence as a trusty bulwark at the core of Liverpool's rearguard when League competition resumed in the following autumn, was the pre-season tour of the US and Canada. While their homeland was gripped in post-conflict austerity, Hughes and his team-mates were treated like royalty throughout their trip, built up on steak, pancakes and fresh orange juice and so returning in fine fettle for the new campaign.

Still, with manager George Kay having to field an aging team, expectations around Anfield were not high, but the prophets of doom were confounded as Liverpool won the title in one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the Football League. Ahead of the last round of matches, any one of Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City could have taken the prize. The Merseysiders beat Wolves at Molineux but then faced an agonising two-week wait for Stoke to play their final game, the delay due mainly to the depredations of a savage winter, partly to the government's discouragement of midweek games on the basis that travel to matches might fuel absenteeism from work. In the event the Potters lost at Sheffield United and Liverpool were crowned in mid-June.

Most of the credit tends to reside with the star attackers Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins, but Hughes and his fellow half-backs, captain Phil Taylor and the redoubtable Bob Paisley - destined who became the one of the game's greatest managers when he replaced Bill Shankly at the Anfield helm in 1974 - were also vastly influential in a remarkable team effort.

The still slim feistily resilient centre-half had matured into a vastlyaccomplished all-round performer, strong enough not to shrink from combat with the rumbustious spearheads of the day - such dreadnoughts as Tommy Lawton and Trevor Ford - but also constructive, intelligent andcomposed even under the most intense pressure. Hughes became a long-term mainstay of a Liverpool side which began to creak over the next few years, but although he would never again be involved in a title race he did shine on the way to the 1950 FA Cup final. After injury kept him out of the semi-final victory over Everton, he was back in time to face Arsenal at Wembley, acquitting himself creditably against a fluent Gunners' attack but unable to prevent a 2-0 defeat.

So splendid was his form that he was selected for England's first World Cup foray, in Brazil, his country's need rendered more urgent by the suspension of Neil Franklin, who had decided controversially to seek his fortune in Colombia, then outside the umbrella of the game's world governing body, Fifa.

On his debut against Chile in Rio de Janeiro, Hughes was assured and confident alongside captain Billy Wright as Walter Winterbottom's side eased to a 2-0 victory, and four days later they lined up against the US in Belo Horizonte with every expectation of swiping the minnows imperiously from their path. But a combination of freakish ill fortune, some bizarre refereeing decisions and an under-par showing by a team featuring the likes of Tom Finney and Wilf Mannion, led to a 1-0 defeat which still stands as England's most debilitating international debacle.

Hughes didn't play badly, and he retained his place for the next game, a 1-0 defeat by Spain which saw the nation that gave football to the world ejected ignominiously from a competition it had entered in distinctly condescending fashion. Several years would pass before two annihilations at the hands of the sublime Hungarians would pound home the message that England had masses to learn from the continentals, but for the blameless Hughes that would not have direct significance. His international career had started and ended in the space of eight days.

Though cast aside by the FA, he continued to excel for Liverpool, bouncing back from two lengthy absences through injury, but he could do nothing to halt the Reds' steady decline, culminating in relegation in 1953-54. Made captain by manager Don Welsh for the following season, he presided over a mediocre mid-table campaign but retained a personal consistency which was replicated in the next two seasons, both of which ended with Liverpool narrowly missing out on promotion.

In 1957-58, by now a veteran, Hughes was supplanted by the younger Dick White, making his final senior appearance in a 5-1 drubbing at Charlton that September. Five months later, with Manchester United scouring the land for recruits in the wake of the Munich air disaster, there were rumours of a move to Old Trafford. Nothing materialised, however, and Hughes became the eminence grise in Liverpool's reserves, helping young players develop, until he retired in 1960. He remained in his home city, becoming a newsagent, then running a fish-and-chip business before working in the betting industry. - Independent Obituary