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John Hughes
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Personal information
Full name John Hughes
Date of birth 9 September 1964 (1964-09-09) (age 45)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Hibernian (Manager)
Youth career
–1988 Newtongrange Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Berwick Rangers[1] 41 (14)
1989–1990 Swansea City[2] 24 (4)
1990–1995 Falkirk[3] 134 (7)
1995–1996 Celtic[4] 32 (2)
1996–2000 Hibernian[5] 72 (4)
2000–2002 Ayr United[6] 48 (2)
2002–2005 Falkirk[3] 78 (5)
Teams managed
2003–2009 Falkirk
2009– Hibernian
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Hughes (born 9 September 1964 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional footballer, who is now the manager of Hibernian. Hughes played primarily as a central defender for several clubs, including Falkirk, Celtic, Hibernian and Ayr United. Towards the end of his playing career, Hughes took on coaching responsibilities, and was appointed manager of Falkirk in 2003 (initially as co-manager with Owen Coyle). Hughes guided Falkirk to promotion to the Scottish Premier League and a Scottish Cup Final during his time in charge; he left Falkirk to become Hibs manager in 2009.


Playing career

Hughes is "one of six kids from the classic, working-class family"[7] in Leith. He started his playing career in junior football with Newtongrange Star,[8] before beginning his senior career with Berwick Rangers, where he played as a striker. After a brief stint in the Football League with Swansea City, Hughes established himself as a central defender at Falkirk. His playing career peaked when he signed for Celtic in 1995.[7] He subsequently played for his local club Hibernian, Ayr United and finally returned to Falkirk in a joint player and coaching role.

Hughes shares his name with former Celtic, Crystal Palace and Sunderland player John 'Yogi' Hughes. As a result, Hughes is often referred to as 'Yogi' himself.[7] He famously performed a streak during his first stint at Falkirk whilst team-mate Mo Johnston was being interviewed for STV's Scotsport.[9]

Coaching career

Hughes landed his first managerial job in 2003 when he was appointed co-manager of Falkirk along with then team-mate Owen Coyle. Coyle subsequently left Falkirk to join Ian McCall at Dundee United, leaving Hughes in sole charge. Hughes then guided Falkirk to promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2005.[10] As well as maintaining the club's SPL status for four seasons, Hughes led Falkirk to the 2009 Scottish Cup Final.[10] He was appointed Hibernian manager in the following close season, to succeed Mixu Paatelainen.[10]


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