Date of birth
Hughes’s football career began as a trainee at Oldham, making his first team debut in October 1996 in a 3-1 loss to Bolton in Division One. He made nine appearances that season when Oldham were relegated and 14 the following before swapping scenery and moving down a tier on loan to Notts County.
On their promotion to Division Two at the end of that season, Hughes made the move to Notts a permanent one, becoming a regular in the side through his three year spell.
111 league appearances and 16 goals later, he joined Reading in 2001 on a three-year transfer as our replacement for Darren Caskey.
Most readily deployed as a wide midfielder during his four years at Madejski Stadium, the former Oldham and Notts County man helped Alan Pardew’s men find a route back into the second tier, playing a part in their Griffin Park draw on the final day of the 2001/02 campaign after scoring six goals for his new side earlier that season.
Nine more in the following helped the Royals reach the Play-off places and Hughes’ never say die, body on the line attitude had helped him become something of a fans’ favourite.
In total he made more than 150 appearances for the club before making a £500,000 move to Norwich City in 2005 and then three successful years, including a promotion at Leeds followed.
A season at Scunthorpe was followed by a move to Charlton in 2011, and then a step into the coaching world with Bolton in 2014, aged 36.