Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Liverpool Stars Mourn the Death of a Legend

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Liverpool Stars Mourn the Death of a Legend

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Byline: By Jamie Gardner

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and stars of the club's great past yesterday cherished the memory of the club's former captain Emlyn Hughes, who has died from a brain tumour aged 57.

Hughes also captained England 23 times, winning 62 caps in total, to add to a tremendously successful CV at club level.

Former Reds team-mate Phil Neal insisted: "Nobody was more of a winner than Emlyn."

Hughes had been battling the illness for the last 15 months but deteriorated in the last few days, his wife Barbara said.

"He died at his home in Sheffield with his family around him," she added.

Hughes was signed by Bill Shankly for pounds 65,000 from Blackpool in 1967.

He will now be remembered by the club where he spent the lion's share of his career ( and won almost every honour in the game ( with a minute's silence before tonight's Carling Cup match against Middlesbrough at Anfield.

Chief executive Rick Parry said: "Our deepest sympathies go out to wife Barbara, children Emma and Emlyn junior, and the rest of the family at this sad time."

Benitez, trying to restore Liverpool to their former glories as current manager, said: "I did not meet him but I knew about him and he was a legend here. All the people around know he was a very successful player.

"I would like to send my deepest sympathy to his family because they have suffered a great loss.

"I have a book which tells me about the history of Liverpool Football Club.

"If you play 600 games or more for a team, it must mean you are a very good player.

"It was a time when Liverpool were successful. That is a lot of games to be involved in."

Hughes won two European Cups, two Uefa Cups, four league titles and one FA Cup during his time at Anfield. He was born on August 28, 1947, at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, the son of former Barrow and England rugby league player Fred Hughes.

He signed professional terms with Blackpool, making 29 First Division appearances for the Seasiders before joining Liverpool aged 19. …

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