Emlyn Hughes

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
16-01-1910
N/A
31-08-1936
Llanelli RUFC Wales
05-09-1936 v Widnes
Warrington
1938- Huddersfield
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1936-1938
71 (0)
16
5
0
58

BIOGRAPHY

Emlyn Hughes by Alex Service

It is quite true to say that Emlyn Hughes came from a distinguished sporting family. His brother, Fred, played rugby league for Barrow and Workington and represented his native Wales for good measure. Fred’s son, Emlyn, went on to become a famous soccer player with Liverpool and England.

Emlyn Hughes (the elder) signed for Saints at the start of the 1936-37 season. The St. Helens Newspaper gave the details of his signing as follows: “Hughes is 22 years of age and comes from a footballing family. His two brothers are both well-known in rugby circles in South Wales. One will play for Cheltenham this season, where Emlyn would have played had he not gone to St. Helens. He is a native of Aberavon and previous to assisting Llanelli he played with a smart Welsh junior side Llanelli Dock Stars.”

Apparently, Emlyn had played in a trial match for Welsh rugby union selection and was unlucky not to have been picked. The Newspaper describes him as being exceptionally fast, with a remarkably safe pair of hands and a deadly tackler, just what the Saints’ pack needed at the time. It must be remembered that the club was beginning to rebuild after financial constraints forced them to sell off their big stars, such as Alf Ellaby and Jack Arkwright in the early 1930s.

Recorder in the St. Helens Reporter described Emlyn’s first team debut, against Widnes, at Knowsley Road as an unqualified success: “St. Helens have found a pack leader at last. Hughes strips very much like a cross between our old stars Lou Hutt and Albert Fildes and has the same colouring.” He could also dribble the ball in the rugby union style, reminiscent of former Saints’ forwards Percy Coldrick and Fred Roffey. “But it was the solid virtue of his work around the scrum that suited me,” added Recorder.

Saints had lost their first game of the season at Widnes 28-0. They won this, their second by a margin of 2-0. The inclusion of Hughes must have had a most positive effect on the team as a whole! Emlyn went on to make 34 apperances during the campaign and showed he could score tries and, if needed, bang over the occasional goal. His last match for the club was at the start of the 1938-39 season, against Warrington, before he was transferred to Huddersfield. It seems that once again money was the key issue. The Saints were in severe financial difficulties and almost joined the Recs in oblivion as a professional club at one stage. As for Emlyn, he became a Welsh international whilst with the Fartowners although he did manage to play one more game for the Saints, at Barrow, during the war years. But that’s another story.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1936~376 4 0 34
1937~389 1 0 36
1938~39 1 0 0 1
1943~44 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:16 5 0 72
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
5th Sep 1936 W 11 Widnes L 1936~37 H 2 0 V
12th Sep 1936 W 11 Liverpool Stanley LC1 1936~37 A 14 3 V
19th Sep 1936 D 11 Leigh L 1936~37 H 4 4 1 V
23rd Sep 1936 L 11 St. Helens Recs LC2 1936~37 A 4 10 V
3rd Oct 1936 D 11 Warrington L 1936~37 H 3 3 V
10th Oct 1936 D 11 Halifax L 1936~37 A 13 13 V
17th Oct 1936 L 11 Streatham & Mitcham L 1936~37 H 5 15 V
24th Oct 1936 D 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1936~37 A 5 5 V
31st Oct 1936 L 11 Leigh L 1936~37 A 9 13 V
7th Nov 1936 L 11 Oldham L 1936~37 H 7 16 1 V
12th Dec 1936 L 13 Hull K.R. L 1936~37 A 13 19 1 V
19th Dec 1936 W 11 Newcastle L 1936~37 A 15 8 3 V
25th Dec 1936 W 11 St. Helens Recs L 1936~37 H 4 0 V
26th Dec 1936 L 11 Wigan L 1936~37 H 2 21 V
1st Jan 1937 L 11 St. Helens Recs L 1936~37 A 3 10 V
2nd Jan 1937 L 11 Broughton Rangers L 1936~37 A 5 23 V
9th Jan 1937 W 11 Dewsbury L 1936~37 H 32 5 V
14th Jan 1937 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1936~37 H 11 5 V
16th Jan 1937 L 11 Barrow L 1936~37 H 2 15 V
23rd Jan 1937 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1936~37 A 11 6 V
6th Feb 1937 L 11 Liverpool Stanley L 1936~37 A 8 21 V
13th Feb 1937 L 12 Huddersfield CC1 1936~37 H 4 11 V
18th Feb 1937 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1936~37 H 9 2 1 V
20th Feb 1937 W 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1936~37 H 32 2 V
27th Feb 1937 L 12 Bramley L 1936~37 A 7 10 V
6th Mar 1937 L 12 Swinton L 1936~37 H 2 6 V
13th Mar 1937 W 12 Halifax L 1936~37 H 19 0 V
20th Mar 1937 L 12 Barrow L 1936~37 A 5 34 V
26th Mar 1937 L 12 Wigan L 1936~37 A 3 16 V
27th Mar 1937 L 12 Warrington L 1936~37 A 11 19 V
29th Mar 1937 W 12 Broughton Rangers L 1936~37 H 15 5 V
3rd Apr 1937 L 12 Swinton L 1936~37 A 5 15 1 V
19th Apr 1937 L 12 Liverpool Stanley L 1936~37 H 3 5 V
24th Apr 1937 W 12 Newcastle L 1936~37 H 41 10 2 V
28th Aug 1937 W 11 Widnes L 1937~38 H 11 7 1 V
2nd Sep 1937 W 11 Broughton Rangers L 1937~38 H 7 6 V
4th Sep 1937 L 11 Widnes L 1937~38 A 2 14 V
11th Sep 1937 L 11 Broughton Rangers LC1 1937~38 H 0 11 V
25th Sep 1937 W 11 Bramley L 1937~38 H 18 9 1 V
2nd Oct 1937 W 11 Dewsbury L 1937~38 A 18 7 V
9th Oct 1937 W 11 Oldham L 1937~38 H 4 3 V
16th Oct 1937 D 11 Batley L 1937~38 A 10 10 V
23rd Oct 1937 D 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1937~38 H 16 16 V
30th Oct 1937 L 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1937~38 A 11 17 V
6th Nov 1937 L 11 Warrington L 1937~38 H 7 25 V
20th Nov 1937 L 11 Liverpool Stanley L 1937~38 A 7 9 V
27th Nov 1937 L 11 Salford L 1937~38 H 0 31 V
11th Dec 1937 L 12 Barrow L 1937~38 H 7 8 1 V
25th Dec 1937 W 12 St. Helens Recs L 1937~38 A 10 2 V
27th Dec 1937 L 12 Wigan L 1937~38 H 6 15 V
1st Jan 1938 W 12 St. Helens Recs L 1937~38 H 8 3 1 V
3rd Jan 1938 L 12 Salford L 1937~38 A 5 12 V
8th Jan 1938 W 12 Bramley L 1937~38 A 24 14 1 V
15th Jan 1938 W 12 Dewsbury L 1937~38 H 11 5 2 V
22nd Jan 1938 D 12 Leigh L 1937~38 A 10 10 V
29th Jan 1938 W 12 Swinton L 1937~38 H 10 2 V
5th Feb 1938 L 12 York L 1937~38 H 15 19 1 V
12th Feb 1938 W 12 York L 1937~38 A 7 2 V
19th Feb 1938 W 12 Pendlebury Juniors CC1 1937~38 H 39 0 V
26th Feb 1938 L 12 Halifax L 1937~38 H 13 17 V
5th Mar 1938 L 12 Halifax L 1937~38 A 8 19 V
12th Mar 1938 L 12 Castleford CC2 1937~38 A 2 18 V
19th Mar 1938 L 12 Warrington L 1937~38 A 8 28 V
26th Mar 1938 L 12 Broughton Rangers L 1937~38 A 12 19 V
2nd Apr 1938 W 12 Batley L 1937~38 H 15 9 1 V
4th Apr 1938 L 12 Swinton L 1937~38 A 0 19 V
13th Apr 1938 L 12 Barrow L 1937~38 A 13 29 V
15th Apr 1938 L 12 Wigan L 1937~38 A 12 27 1 V
16th Apr 1938 L 12 Liverpool Stanley L 1937~38 H 4 17 V
30th Apr 1938 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1937~38 H 36 13 V
31st Aug 1938 L 12 Warrington L 1938~39 H 7 20 1 V
2nd Oct 1943 L 12 Barrow WEL 1943~44 A 10 31 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 72 OTHER 0 = 72
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 71
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