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Richard Daniel Hughes (born 25 June 1979 in Glasgowmarker) is a Scottishmarker footballer. He currently plays for Englishmarker club Portsmouth F.C. as a defensive midfielder; he can also play as a left-winger or left back.

Career

Club

Early career

Hughes began his career as a youth player at Serie A side Atalanta. After he moved back to the UK he spent five years with Arsenal as a youth player. Hughes then failed to make the transition to the first team and so left the Gunners to join Bournemouth in the summer of 1998 after failing to make an appearance.

Bournemouth

The midfielder made his debut in 2-0 victory over Lincoln City, and soon settled into the first team. Hughes impressed enough that Portsmouth signed him for £50,000 in the summer of 2002 as an excellent future prospect.

Portsmouth

After making his debut in a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United he struggled to break into the team on a regular basis and was loaned out to Grimsby, where he played 12 games.

Injuries meant he was handed a Premier League chance in December 2003, and he remained an important squad member for the remainder of the 2003/04 campaign. And his first Pompey goal came in an FA Cup tie - the winner in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool.

He had been a regular face in the Portsmouth line-up although it was thought he would be leaving in the summer of 2006. On 28 July 2006 he and fellow Portsmouth player Lomana LuaLua pledged their futures at the club, signing three-year contracts each.

In August 2007, playing against Manchester United, Hughes was allegedly headbutted by Manchester forward Cristiano Ronaldo, after he was provoked by Hughes. He was red-carded for his actions. The game finished 1-1.

In January 2009, Hughes was offered an extension to his Portsmouth contract.

His second competitive goal for Portsmouth came when he scored in a 4-1 League Cup win against Hereford on 25 August 2009.

International

His performances earned him selection for the Scottish national side, and he won his first cap against Estonia in May 2004. He gained recognition for his performances at Bournemouth with a call-up to represent Scotland at Under-21 level.

Career statistics



Media work

He used to write a weekly column for the Portsmouth Newsentitled 'Look Hughes Talking'. He also presents "Richard Hughes' Scouting Report" on local radio station 107.4 The Quayon the Friday Night Pompey Preview programme.

Honours

In July 2009, the highly influential Pompey Dalek Boys voted Richard Hughes the greatest player ever to wear the Portsmouth number 22 shirt.[87256]

References

  1. Richard Hughes


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1998-99 Bournemouth Second Division 44 2
1999-00 21 2
2000-01 44 8
2001-02 22 2
2002-03 Portsmouth First Division 6 0
2002-03 Grimsby Town First Division 12 1
2003-04 Portsmouth Premier League 11 0 1
2004-05 16 0
2005-06 26 0
2006-07 18 0
2007-08 13 0
2008-09 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
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