Hughes Likely To Get Good Reception At St. James’ Park


Former Newcastle United player Aaron Hughes will return to Newcastle tomorrow with Fulham.

Aaron Hughes – loyal player for Newcastle

The 31 year-old Aaron Hughes will likely be welcomed back fondly because this lad joined Newcastle when he was a youngster and always played his heart out for Newcastle.

That was until Graeme Souness sold him to Aston Villa in the summer of 2005, saying he wasn’t good enough to play for Newcastle.

Aaron played 278 times for Newcastle with 7 goals from 1997 until 2005, and  has so far played 146 times at the London club, and since Aaron very rarely is injured,  he’s already played a massive 488 times in first class club football, and has also represented Northern Ireland on 74 occasions.

Hughes was given the number 18 shirt by Ruud Gullit at the start of the 1999-2000 season at Newcastle, and since then he has never worn another number at club level.   Even at international level for Northern Ireland he has worn the number 18 shirt since 2002.

Aaron was shocked when Newcastle sold him to Aston Villa in the summer of 2005.

But Aaron has continued his excellent career at Fulham, and has been outstanding alongside former Newcastle target Brede Hangeland in the last couple of seasons in central defense.

And by the way, Graeme Souness was the same guy who signed Frenchman Jean-Alain Boumsong  in January of 2005, before Aaron left.

He gave Boumsong a 5.5 year contract on Tyneside and paid around £8M to the club he once managed – Glasgow Rangers – and we all know  Boumsong didn’t turn out to be good enough to play for Newcastle.

But Graeme didn’t get too many things right at Newcastle, unfortunately.

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4 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Nov 12, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    i remember his debut in 1997 as a 17 years old defender, his best years was during sir bobby robson era (attacking right back)

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  • Lynxie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah, good lad was Hughesy. I hope he gets a great reception, then I hope Ranger and Carroll torture him for 90 minutes. ha ha ha

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  • chuck

    Nov 12, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah ! never understood why he was traded, he was a decent RB, not great, but good reliable defender and spent little time out for injuries.
    He`s had a long career in the EPL which says something about his abilities, wish him the best !

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  • CT

    Nov 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Liked Aaron, better than Bloomersong.£8.5 mill to Rangers where Souness mate and father in law was chairman and who signed Bloomer on a free could be a lil suspicious, if one was to think about it too long. Still must have been with Freddy`s blessing so that`s ok then??

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