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Richard Hughes
Personal information
Full name Richard Daniel Hughes
Date of birth 25 June 1979 (1979-06-25) (age 30)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Portsmouth
Number 22
Youth career
1992–1993 Atalanta
1993–1998 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Bournemouth 131 (14)
2002– Portsmouth 115 (2)
2003 Grimsby Town (loan) 12 (1)
National team
2004–2005 Scotland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:14, 7 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:40, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

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




Early career

Hughes began his career as a youth player at Serie A side Atalanta.[1] 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.


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.


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.[2]

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 headbutted by Manchester forward Cristiano Ronaldo, after he was allegedly provoked by Hughes. Ronaldo was red-carded for his actions. The game finished 1-1.[3]

In January 2009, Hughes was offered an extension to his Portsmouth contract.[4]

His second competitive goal for Portsmouth came when he scored in a 4-1 League Cup win against Hereford on 25 August 2009.[5]


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


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
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 2 0
2008-09 20 0 1 0 1 0 22 0
2009-10 0 0 0
Total England 234 15
Career Total 234 15

Media work

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


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