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All-time Welsh Premier Hughes XI

Danny Hughes is a true Llandudno FC great. Picture: Llandudno FC

We’ve given you what we consider to be the best Dave XI, Jones XI, Evans XI, Roberts XI, Williams XI, Edwards XI, Davies XI and Griffiths XI in Welsh Premier League history.

Now it’s the turn of team 9 – the Hughes XI. What do you think?

All-Time Welsh Premier Hughes XI

Manager

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes, head coach of Newtown AFC looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualification 2nd round 1st Leg match between FC Copenhagen and the Welsh Premier club at Telia Parken Stadium on July 16, 2015 (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Now in his sixth full season as Newtown manager after he was appointed to the role back in November 2013.
Led the Robins to play off glory in 2014-15, resulting in Europa League football and an historic win over Valletta, and tie against FC Copenhagen.
Former number two at Rhyl, Buckley and Caersws and Prestatyn Town, where he was involved with the 2012-13 Welsh Cup winning squad and team which beat Liepajas Metalurgs in the Europa League at the start of the following campaign.
Holds the prestigious UEFA Pro Licence.

Goalkeeper

Andy Hughes

Keeper who had experience at Chester City and Telford and won a Wales Under-19 cap before arriving in the Welsh Premier with Newtown and Connah’s Quay. Moved to Airbus in 2004/5 before a return to Deeside. Joined Cymru Alliance Halkyn United in summer 2005 but re-signed for Airbus in November 2006 moving back to the Alliance with Buckley Town in January 2008.
Made 85 Welsh Premier appearances in total.
The brother of former Airbus midfielder Steve Hughes, whom he joined at Caersws in September 2008.

Defenders

Iolo Hughes

Iolo Hughes showed tremendous promise in his early days at Bangor and possibly deserved more game time than he got. Pic: Conwy Borough FC

Was registered with Bangor City for three seasons in the Welsh Premier, featuring in 19 matches in total.
Also had a loan spell during that period with Porthmadog, who he later joined on a permanent basis before a switch to Glantraeth.
Currently with Conwy Borough, whom he captained to the Welsh Alliance League title, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup treble in 2017-18.

Danny Hughes

Played in more than 100 games for Porthmadog between 2003/04 and 2007/08. Capable of operating in defence or midfield.
Bangor-born Hughes was a trainee at Wolves before making eight first-team appearances with Hartlepool United. Forced to quite full-time football through injury, he moved to Porthmadog in 2000.

Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes. Pic: TNS FC website

Central defender Hughes returned to The New Saints in January after spending the first four months of the season on loan at Aberystwyth Town.
The 23-year-old started his football career at Tranmere Rovers, where he spent 10 years until the age of 16. He then went on to play for the likes of Cammell Laird, Marine and Warrington Town, also featuring in the National League North for Vauxhall Motors.
While playing for Marine he played in the same team as ex-TNS FC legend, Phil Baker, whose positivity regarding the club was a key influence on Hughes moving to Park Hall.

Richard Hughes

Played most of his Welsh Premier career at Carmarthen Town, for whom he made 105 starts.
Also had brief stints at Haverfordwest County.

Midfield

Glyndwr Hughes (captain)

Glyndwr Hughes (green) in action for Aberystwyth. Pic: http://www.welsh-premier.com

A one-club man in the Welsh Premier with Aberystwyth Town, where he spent 17 seasons and is the Blacks and Greens’ fourth-highest top-flight appearance-maker.
Dynamic attacking midfielder who featured in 375 matches for the Park Avenue club and is a member of the 100-goals elite with 105.
A Welsh semi-professional international, Hughes is affectionately known as “Paddy”. Hard to understand why there are not more Welsh boys called Glyndwr, it is an amazing name.
Paddy joined Aber as a teenager from local side Bont, where he returned in the summer of 2010.
Signed for Aberystwyth again in the summer of 2012 for one last season before hanging-up his boots in April 2013.

Danny Hughes

Danny Hughes. Pic: Llandudno FC

Midfield maestro with a special talent for scoring spectacular goals.
Won Sgorio Goal of the Season in 2016-17 for his stunning curling effort for Llandudno against Aberystwyth.
Played in all of Tudno’s four seasons in the WPL, making well in excess of 100 appearances.
Also had a top-flight stint with Rhyl in 2013-14, netting a stupendous long range goal versus Airbus.

Gareth Hughes

Played in almost 350 Welsh Premier matches across stays at Newtown, Aberystwyth Town and Rhayader Town.
A former Wrexham trainee whose first WPL club was Rhayader back in 1998-99.

Robbie Hughes

The gifted Robbie Hughes. Pic: John Pickles

Skilful attacking midfielder who first made his mark in the Welsh Premier with Prestatyn Town late in the 2013-14 season.
Joined Rhyl the following campaign and spent three seasons at Belle Vue where he became renowned for scoring some remarkable goals.
Signed for Goulburn Valley Suns in Australia in January 2017.
On his return from Down Under a year later he signed for Connah’s Quay Nomads, where he often impressed, but at the start of this season returned to Prestatyn, now in the Cymru North, and notched 22 goals (13 penalties) before deciding to continue his career in Australia.

Strikers

Jamie Hughes

Netted 51 goals in 102 matches in the Welsh Premier.
Former Tranmere Rovers man who scored 43 goals in 83 starts for Connah’s Quay between 1997 and 2000, before moving on to Cwmbran, Cardiff City and Ashton United. Also played for Bangor City, Rhyl and Airbus in WPL

Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes Pic: Twitter @PeteHughesUnite

Played in the Welsh Premier League for six seasons, netting 58 goals in 190 starts (plus 17 sub appearances).
Had his best spell at Connah’s Quay Nomads, where he made 104 starts, bagging 27 goals and winning the League Cup in 1995-96.
Was also impressive in stints with Conwy United and Holywell Town.
Peter is now regional secretary for Unite Wales. His daughter Elise is a Wales international.

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