Emlyn HUGHES OBE (1947-2004)

Emlyn Hughes
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Emlyn Hughes, footballer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the Molineux stadium - home of his current club, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Emlyn started his career in 1964 at Blackpool before moving to Liverpool in 1967. He would captain the side to four league titles and an FA Cup victory during the 1970s. Added to these domestic honours were two European Cups, including Liverpool's first ever in 1977, and two UEFA Cup titles.

He left Liverpool after 665 appearances and 49 goals for the club, and moved to Wolverhampton in 1979.

Emlyn earned 62 caps for the England national team, which he also captained.

“I can’t believe it! That’s amazing”

Screenshots of Emlyn Hughes This Is Your Life

Emlyn Hughes's biography

In his book Emlyn Hughes: A Tribute to Crazy Horse, writer Phil Thompson briefly mentions this particular edition of This Is Your Life...

Another special moment for Emlyn Hughes during his stint at Wolves took place in the weeks before their League Cup vlctory. Emlyn was the subject of a This is Your Life television programme.

The surprised Wolves skipper was presented with the famous red book after their home game against Liverpool, which they won 1-0.

The Liverpool team were all in on it and agreed to stay behind after the game to pay their own tribute to the former Anfield great.

Bill Shankly travelled to the Midlands for the programme, and gave the viewers the line about being afraid to go back to Blackpool after paying £65,000 for the teenage Hughes in case they locked him up for daylight robbery!

programme details...

  • Edition No: 535
  • Subject No: 532
  • Broadcast date: Wed 27 Feb 1980
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Tue 26 Feb 1980
  • Venue: Molineux Gymnasium
  • Series: 20
  • Edition: 14
  • Code name: Horse

on the guest list...

  • Bob Paisley
  • John Barnwell
  • Jack Taylor
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers team
  • Liverpool team
  • Billy Wright
  • Joe Mercer
  • Barbara - wife
  • Emma - daughter
  • Anne - mother
  • Gareth Edwards
  • John Toshack
  • Gareth - brother
  • David - brother
  • Margaret – sister-in-law
  • Karen – niece
  • Janet – niece
  • Christine - niece
  • Joe Humphreys
  • Ray Maguire
  • George Best
  • Bill Shankly
  • Hughie Fisher
  • Mike Smith
  • Emlyn - son
  • Red Rum
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Kevin Keegan
  • Ginger McCain
  • Jonjo O’Neill

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production team...

  • Researcher: John Graham
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Paul Stewart Laing, Terry Yarwood, Robert Reed
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 20 subjects: Pat Seed > Fred Trueman > Noel Barber > Charles Aznavour > Eric Sykes > Andrew Sachs > Gerald Harper > Terry Griffiths > Paddie O'Neil > George Martin > Geoff Capes > Roy Kinnear > Nyree Dawn Porter > Emlyn Hughes > Stewart Granger > Clare Francis > Jilly Cooper > Robin Cousins > Brian Bevan > Bill Beaumont > Mike Tetley > Alan Minter > Nat Jackley > Cathleen Nesbitt > Michael Aspel > Clive Lloyd