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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #40 on: December 6, 2012, 11:15:00 pm »
Brilliant. Another player who embodied the club and what it now stands for today. We'll forgive his peck on Mrs Thatcher's cheek. I like to think of it as a really slow kiss of death. ;D

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #41 on: December 6, 2012, 11:18:53 pm »
Brilliant piece.

You should be proud of it!
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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #42 on: December 9, 2012, 08:14:29 am »
I'm not anywhere near old enough or 'educated' enough I guess is how you'd put it, to understand what Emlyn meant to Liverpool but the fact that a back-to-back European Cup winning captain only wanted to be remembered as a player who always gave his all... Well, if only there were more players like that today. 

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #43 on: December 9, 2012, 05:53:12 pm »
Brilliant piece.

You should be proud of it!

Thanks mate. Glad you enjoyed it.
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« Reply #44 on: November 9, 2014, 06:49:19 pm »
I couldn't see another thread on this, so apololgies if there is already one and disappointed if there isn't, as he deserves one

10 years ago today we lost one of our greatest players and captains Emlyn  "Crazy Horse" Hughes.

The below is just copy and pasted from the official site and doesn't do justice to the man. Slightly before my time but I've never seen a player so happy to score a goal.

Date of Birth

28 Aug 1947





Signed for LFC


LFC Debut

04 Mar 1967

LFC Appearances


LFC Goals


International Caps


International Goals


Emlyn Hughes was the first Liverpool captain to lift the European Cup, a fact which alone would earn him a place in any Anfield hall of fame.

His contribution to the club during the Shankly and Paisley eras went far beyond that unforgettable night in Rome, however.

With a beaming smile and boundless enthusiasm, Hughes is one of the most popular players ever to wear a Liver bird on his chest.

The mere mention of his name rekindles magical memories of Wembley '74, Molineux '76 and, yes, Rome '77.

Anyone lucky enough to see the late, great defender play will recall his never-say-die attitude, galloping forays into opposition territory and frantic goal celebrations. No wonder they called him 'Crazy Horse'.

Signed from Blackpool for £65,000 in February 1967, Hughes was destined for the top from day one. Legend has it that, on driving the 19-year-old down to Liverpool, Bill Shankly told a policeman: "Don't you know who is in this car? There sits the future captain of England."
Some might have laughed, but Shanks was right.

Initially bought as a replacement for the ageing Willie Stevenson, the fresh-faced youngster was plunged immediately into the first team at left-back for a home game against Stoke. The Reds triumphed 2-1 and a glorious Anfield career was born.
As Shankly started to slowly dismantle his first great Liverpool team, Hughes began to take centre stage in an exciting new era.

Now operating in midfield, his dynamic performances brought international recognition. He'd go on to captain his country 23 times and was part of England's 1970 World Cup squad.

Back on the home front, Leeds tried their luck with a cheeky attempt to lure him away from Anfield by offering Peter Lorimer in a part-exchange deal.

There was no chance of Shanks agreeing. For whether it was at left-back, in midfield or at the heart of defence, where he eventually settled, Hughes could be relied upon to run through brick walls for the Liverpool cause.

The pain etched on his face as he sat in the dressing room after Arsenal pipped the Reds to 1972 league glory said it all: here was a man who took defeat personally.

Not that he tasted it too often. Crazy Horse played 65 games in the historic 1972-73 campaign when Liverpool clinched an unprecedented league and UEFA Cup double.

That summer saw Hughes handed the captain's armband at the expense of Tommy Smith, a move which prompted a long-running feud between the pair.

It was also at this time that he moved to the heart of Liverpool's back four as Shanks made an inspired tactical change. Gone were the days of the old defensive stopper: from now on the Reds would build from the back.

The switch was to reap rich dividends. The Barrow-born defender capped his first full season as skipper by proudly holding aloft the FA Cup at Wembley. It was the club's last trophy under Shanks.

Another league and UEFA Cup double arrived under new boss Bob Paisley in 1975-76, but all this was to be eclipsed the following year.

With Hughes now firmly established as on-the-field leader, the club not only retained the league title but also won its first European Cup in Rome.

As if the honour of being the first Liverpool captain to lift ol' big ears was not enough for one season, Hughes was also crowned Player of the Year by the football writers of England.

The Reds were riding on the crest of a wave which would see them become the first British club to retain European football's most coveted trophy in 1978 following a 1-0 victory over Bruges at Wembley.

The skipper's loyalty was rewarded with a testimonial in 1979 but a knee injury, coupled with the emergence of a young centre-back by the name of Alan Hansen, contrived to bring the curtain down on a wonderful career.

The Kop idol played the last of his 665 games in the forgettable FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United at Goodison before a £90,000 transfer to Wolves.

At Molineux Hughes finally got his hands on the one trophy that eluded him on Merseyside: the League Cup.

After failing to set the world alight in the managerial hot-seats of Rotherham, Hull, Mansfield and Swansea, the Anfield legend took up a role as a team captain on the long-running BBC quiz show A Question of Sport. With his V-neck woolly jumpers and squeaky voice, he became a national institution – but it was as skipper of the Redmen for which he'll always be best remembered.

Crazy Horse passed away in November 2004.

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #45 on: November 10, 2014, 01:13:55 pm »
it maybe a generation thing but i rate him as my all time best player to ever wear our shirt.

Kenny is second

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #46 on: November 11, 2014, 10:19:36 am »
Truly wonderful player and the only player I have ever got an autograph from. He had the dynamism of Gerrard, the passion of Carragher and the commitment of both ....all rolled into one, and with a massive smile on him. Sadly missed.
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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #47 on: November 16, 2014, 05:02:52 pm »
In 1970 Bill Shankly had to make some tough decisions. The team that had won two leagues, an FA Cup and reached the final of the Cup Winners Cup was ageing. The Reds had been knocked out of the FA Cup by Watford in the quarter finals. Shanks as ever, with the best interests of the future of LFC in mind, was looking for fresh young talent to take the club forward and rebuild with.

Fantastic reading that Phil lad. Superb.

I did the following piece when he died which probably belongs in here too.


It was spring 1967. Morning assembly was just about to start and Bernie Doyle, his head drooping forward like a hanging basket, was holding court. Bernie was a fifth former so tall it was akin to conversing with a street lamp. On this occasion he was comparing the image of a footballer on the back page of the Daily Mirror with that of some obscure figure on the back row of the1965 upper sixth photograph hung on the rear wall of the assembly hall.
"I told you it was him," proclaimed Bernie, nonchalantly tossing back his head thereby gaining around two and a half feet in height and missing by a matter of inches the glass globe light pendant dangling above him.
 "You sure?" We asked, craning our collective necks in a frantic effort to retain eye contact yet offering only token cynicism to his assertion since we all wished his claim to be true.
"Course I am," Bernie asserted. "Look, you can see for yourself. Anyroad, Tom Diggle told me."

That was it. The clincher. Tom Diggle had been head boy two years earlier and lived in the same street as Bernie. It was Bernie's last minute winner just before the assembly bell sounded. It was also enough to launch a thousand similar snatched conversations around the classrooms that morning. By break time, what had started ninety minutes earlier merely as some lofty outlandish claim had now become accepted reality. The Reds' new £65,000 full back signing, Emlyn Hughes, was a former pupil of St Murphy's College in North Liverpool and a tidal wave of  belated 'come to think of it I do seem to recall a lad like him…' recognition had swept pupils and staff alike into a trance of fervent parochialism.

Indeed, no matter how much plain common sense they might have been expounding not even the most resistant of the few remaining sceptics stood a chance against the onslaught of the new mantra.
"But it says he's from Barrow-in-Furness. How the hell would he have got himself down from there every morning?"
"Jeezus! Have you never heard of a train, soft lad? You know, them things that run along a track going whooo-hooo!"

By dinner time that day the fact that Emlyn Hughes had likely never even been past the school on a bus let alone sat at one of its untold hand engraved school desks had become as much of an irrelevance as a Friday afternoon double maths lesson.  The point was this was far too juicy to let a few sobering facts get in the way. Too much basking in vicarious glory was at stake to squash this little tale. He was ours. One of us. The entire school had acquired the outlandish self-delusion of Brother Monk, our French teacher, who had once been persuaded into believing that he'd taught a youthful Sacha Distel on a school exchange.

That coming Saturday it was Emlyn's home debut against Stoke City. It was the signal for the red half of the school to turn up to cheer on their former pupil and embellish the rumour still further.
"Yer wha?!? He went to your school? But he's from fuckin' Barrow-in-Furness yer pillock!"
"I know. Amazing isn't it? Used to come every morning on his bike. Biggest cow horns in the school he had. Gave me a crossie once up Everiss Road. Sound he was."

Oh happy school daze.

And yet no matter how outrageous our schoolboy rumour mongering might have been it was, as it happens, perfectly congruous with its subject matter. Fact was Emlyn Hughes was equally outrageous.

Every aspect of him was larger than life. In an adorable way as far as we Reds fans were concerned, not to mention those legions of admirers nationwide who subsequently followed his European Cup winning smiles and A Question Of Sport antics. The thing is fans crave characters that leap off the pages of the turf they tread and nobody epitomised such bounding notion or motion more than Emlyn. It was to a degree that nobody else connected with the club would achieve other than Shanks himself. In short Emlyn was to become synonymous with Liverpool Football Cub and Anfield.

Indeed it came to pass that Emlyn became Shanks's standard bearer. The passion, drive and belief that Shanks strove manfully to instil into everyone and everything connected with Liverpool Football Club found its perfect natural manifestation in Emlyn Hughes.

In hindsight it now seems little wonder we began attracting legions of fans from all corners of the country and globe. With such a distinctive beacon sending out welcoming signals of bonhomie against a backdrop of red-scarved fanaticism and red-shirted domination the mystery was why every last surviving floating neutral didn't flock to the banner wielded by football's beaming pied piper.

Of course as footy fans know only too well, there are those who can never be beguiled no matter how infectious the smile. Indeed, most rival factions and Evertonians and Mancs in particular were actually repelled if not by the smile then by its whining flip side. And truth was Emlyn could also be a real moanalot.

There is a price to pay for everything and that oft whingeing gob of his was perhaps the price of Emlyn's winning smile. Others understandably cite his political bent. Yet predictably and wonderfully even for socialist minded Liverpudlians like myself none of this was actually any price at all for the immensity of the giant we boasted in our midst. Rather it simply consolidated his outrageousness as he grinned and moaned for us all in equal measures, exquisitely aggravating the opposition as he did so.

From those first tentative baby steps in his debut, when Shanks confounded convention and played his young colt in the left centre of midfield right through to his second raising of the ultimate trophy in club football in 1978, Liverpudlians had a winner leading them, driving them on. Whatever his role, whatever his position it was always the same trusty old Emlyn.

Indeed, the confusion that appears to have arisen since concerning the position Emyln played is no surprise when you reflect on his all action style. For the record he was signed as a full back, played his first seven years in central midfield and his last five as central defence. The picture is further clouded by the fact he played left back for England a position he filled only a few times in a red shirt.

Yet, what drama those stark statistics conceal.

In reality he played all over the pitch from the very start and in games we were trailing would invariably end up as some manic centre forward cum winger cum goal line hero forlornly chasing every last cause there ever was in the faint hope that some minute sniff of a chance might fall his way. And it often did. As fans it was exactly the sort of superhuman effort you craved to see from your heroes. It was just one of the reasons why Emlyn was such a hero and why the response to his passing has been so deeply felt.

As it happens, my own overriding memory is not of his upfield sorties nor of an exuberant Emlyn lifting a trophy. Rather it is of a bemused and sweat-drenched bedraggled defender desperately marshalling his beleaguered defence against a rampaging Ferencvaros at Anfield on a late autumn night in 1974. The score stood at 1-1 and at any moment it seemed our flimsy defence would be breached by these white-shirted maestros seeking their winning just desserts. Yet there always at the very heart of the action was an exasperated and completely shattered Emlyn single-handedly plugging every leak across his back four until he had run himself almost to a standstill and the flood had subsided. That was the man in red we worshipped.

More than any footballer that I've ever seen don the red shirt since I began my LFC stint in the late fifties, Emlyn embodied everything I and every other Red wanted that shirt to stand for. Every surge he made, every lunge he attempted, every ball he belted, every wince he emitted, every smile he beamed, they all carried our personal stamp of approval because he would execute them in the way we'd have all hoped we'd have done had we been blessed with his skill, his ability, his desire, his honesty and the opportunity to do so.

Emlyn Hughes may never have been the ideal footballer as far as the purist was concerned. However, to those who thronged the banks of the Anfield Spion Kop, he was as near to their concept of ideal as it was possible to imagine. Bernie Doyle may have got his facts slightly askew about Emlyn's school attendance record. Yet in a broader sense he got it absolutely spot on. In heart and spirit Emlyn might just as well have attended any school in these parts. His emotional commitment meant he was as Liverpudlian as any. For that wondrous period when he pulled on the red shirt no bigger Scouse heart than Emlyn's ever beat on the banks of the Mersey.

So long our mate; our hero.

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #48 on: November 16, 2014, 06:51:49 pm »
That smile.

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #49 on: November 16, 2014, 09:39:48 pm »
Belter of a piece Phil. Well done mate

I will always remember Emlyn Hughes as one of the true great Liverpool players.

His infectious enthusiasm was only matched by Joey Jones and perhaps Suarez recently.

Hughes to me was a much better player than he was given credit for. He played for England at left back and for us at Centre Half and in midfield. In every position he was top class.

His long distance shooting was on a par with Peter Lorimer at Leeds United, I can see his goals at Newcastle, Ipswich, Arsenal and the pit as I write this. Anyone recall his efforts against Stoke, Man Utd and Wolves at home. So many special goals each of them celebrated with that wonderful smile.

RIP Emlyn 

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #50 on: November 23, 2014, 04:42:50 pm »
Fantastic read!   I recently finished my 76-77 compilation and Emlyns will to win was amazing.  And that look of disappointment as he went up the steps after the FA Cup Final turning to elation a few days later in Rome.  A year before his calmness in the face of adversity meant after a dodgy first half we overcame Wolves to win the title on oneof the most dramatic nights ever.  Despite the controversy in his relationship with Tommy Smith he was the right captain at the right time and for me the abiding image of the great Emlyn Hughes will be his infectious smile at the moment of victory.  Rome 77,  that smile in 78 as he lifted the cup against Bruges before dancing a jig with Terry Mac....and being carried off the pitch...arm aloft in triumph on that balmy night in Wolverhampton.   What a player for our club.  Great read....thanks pal.

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #51 on: August 28, 2017, 01:17:03 pm »
Liverpool FC‏Verified account @LFC  29m29 minutes ago

 70 years ago today, Emlyn Hughes was born.

A true legend with a wonderful enthusiasm for the game. What a player, what a man.

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #52 on: September 24, 2018, 07:44:19 am »
Saw this stuck up in a shop window! News of the World from 1979 – Hughes coming back to the away dressing room with Wolves!

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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #53 on: July 31, 2022, 12:39:13 am »
A few videos and some info on Emyln Hughes...

Wikipedia page: Player profile page: Player Profile page:

'Emlyn Hughes #10 - 100 Players Who Shook The Kop':-

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'50 men who helped build LFC':-

'Emlyn Hughes - Goals Fest Liverpool FC':-

'Emlyn Hughes - A Real Legend':-

'Crazy Horse':-

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'Shankly on Emlyn Hughes':-

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'Liverpool Demolishing Spurs 7 - 0':-

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'Emlyn Hughes interview 1988':-

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'Emlyn Hughes - The Mad Horse' (with English subtitles):-

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'Emlyn Hughes Goal - Ipswich Town v Liverpool':-

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'Emlyn Hughes goal vs Spurs':-

'Emlyn Hughes goal v Stoke':-

'1974 FA Cup Final: Liverpool v Newcastle United':-

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'ROME '77: Liverpool 3-1 Mönchengladbach':-

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^ Emlyn lifting the trophy:

'WEMBLEY '78: Liverpool 1-0 Club Brugge':-

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^ Emlyn lifting the trophy:

'In Memory Of Emlyn Hughes':-

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^ with Wolves in the 1980 League Cup Final vs Nottingham Forest:

Emlyn, captaining on 'A Question Of Sport':-

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Even the computer games he lent his name to were superb...

'Emlyn Hughes International Soccer - C64':-

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A few youtube playlists for seasons where Emlyn Hughes was a player for Liverpool...

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some older 'Club History' videos featuring Emlyn Hughes :

A few articles on Emlyn Hughes...

1964 interview with future Liverpool star Emlyn Hughes:

Emlyn Hughes - Crazy horse:

An inspirational leader at Liverpool:

Great matches: Liverpool could have scored six!:

The incredible rise of Crazy Horse at Liverpool FC:

Emlyn Hughes and the six different trophies he won as Liverpool captain:

When Football Was Good, Part 6 – Emlyn Hughes:

Remembering Liverpool’s 2-time European Cup winning captain:

Crazy Horse: Autobiography of Emlyn Hughes:

Big Red Book - This Is Your Life:

Emlyn Hughes apologising for singing "Liverpool are magic, Everton are tragic":

RIP Emlyn Hughes:

'Crazy Horse' Emlyn Hughes dies at 57 (2004):

Farewell, Emlyn...:

Emlyn Hughes' widow and daughter speak of "irreplaceable" Liverpool FC captain 10 years on from his death:

Emlyn's England stats:


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Re: My Favourite Player #6 - Emlyn Hughes a.k.a Crazy Horse
« Reply #54 on: August 6, 2022, 12:47:24 am »
Love that video clip of an interview with Sir Bill were he says something like "Emlyn Hughes.....well it's debatable if there's a better player in the game, ohhh he's got everything........", imagine what you would do for a manager that talks about you like that, and believes every word he is saying.