Former Newcastle United Defender Calls It A Career


Northern Ireland International defender and former Newcastle United player Aaron Hughes has retired from professional football.

At thirty-nine years of age, Aaron played his final game yesterday in a Euro Qualifier at Belarus, which Northern Ireland were able to win 0-1.

This is the tweet that Aaron has sent out:


Hughes started his professional career at Newcastle United when he joined as a youth player in 1996 and made his debut the following year at Barcelona.

Newcastle United is still his most represented club with 279 appearances.

We remember Aaron as an extremely dependable centre-back who often filled in quite adeptly on the right.

It was a massive shock to us when he was sold to Aston Villa for £1M under the tenuous spell of Graeme Souness in the summer of 2015.

This was a decision that haunted the club who in the following years suffered massive woes defensively. I remember back in those days, my father often saying how much Newcastle could use Aaron Hughes back at the club.

He has represented Northern Ireland 112 times and most recently played for Hearts in the Scottish Premier division.

We wish Aaron all the best in retirement and still shake our heads at the day he was sold and then replaced by Alain Boumsong.


205 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #1

    First

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Oof

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Shouldn’t have sold this lad

    3
  • Tsunki

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m sure Aaron was in fawdingtons (as the beemer garage was called then) looking at a motor a few rungs up the range from the 3 series I was buying that day. That would have been 2002?

    2
  • Asi Fish

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #5

    I have a figure of Rafa on my work computer. I have just left a Simba cheese & onion crisp in front of him as an offering.

    I think he will sign now………….

    9
  • Tsunki

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Firsters should be moderated for a day.

    Got sick of that daft caper with Indian Magpie, dear old Himanshu Dingbat. That’s not a typo.

    2
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #8

    What do we know as facts then? All of a sudden I am getting rather worried and sceptical. Was the two statements by BZG official as I thought they were?? That Monochrome company is official isn’t it?

    1
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Re my previous post that if Rafa goes there will be no shortage of ambitious experienced managers who will be after managing a Prem sleeping giant, with 50,000 fans and a £50M budget.

    Some already disagree, and yet…

    90% of bloggers on here after McLaren left said no decent manager in his right mind would ever work for MA and that the likes of Pulis, Hughes or Curbishley would be enthroned.

    Wrong.

    Rafa came.

    Another example… 90% also thought Rondon was rubbish and Almiron would never sign.

    I could go on.

    We’d be playing Gateshead next season if some on here were always right.

    4
  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #10
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Mac

    That’s crushing news if true.

    If this is another load of rubbish then in my eyes my club is dead.

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  • mac the jaffrey

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Hopefully my above post @7 is a wind up and nowt to worry about. Surely too much of what’s been in the public eye has been official and verified? (Statements etc)

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  • jon

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Can you guess where I am

    :-p

    1
  • mac the jaffrey

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #14

    I’d put it down to mackem shenanigans but they couldn’t string a sentence together with help from autocorrect let alone code a major hacking like this supposes itself to be…!

    1
  • jon

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Taking a chill pill, with a pre sale celebratory drink

    🙂

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Maybe that’s why they said

    So called fit and proper test

    As it’s all a hoax ?

    No one can confirm that the original statements were genuine

    Could it be a hoax ?

    1
  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Shoot me down in flames but that Monochrome dodah is starting to look like a p××s take.

    3
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #18

    If this takeover is indeed a fakeover i will go mental! If it doesn’t happen for any reason but it was indeed a genuine attempt i will be gutted. But if this has all been an elaborate hoax by AshLie I will be furious.

    3
  • mac the jaffrey

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Surely not though

    1
  • IrishRob

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #20

    If the accounts were hacked surely the real Sheikh would have come out weeks ago to say their accounts have been compromised. Sounds like a very retarded and bitter person trying to get one last pop in tbh.

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  • jon

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    So many bullish!t stories flying around today, journos & twatter must be board, chill out & have faith

    1
  • oldarse

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #22

    But if this has all been an elaborate hoax by Ashley, would this exempt him from being a fit and proper person to own a footy club.

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #23

    And I mean even for Ashley this would be a new low if he didn’t come out and say as much. I’m not worried. I am a little anxious though.

    1
  • jon

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #24

    *bored

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Just watching a documentary on shipbuilding. Riveting .

    12
  • jon

    Jun 12, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Look at the evidence peeps, why would nobody be commenting….. It is happening….. You’re reading too much into things, trying to find reasons for it not to happen.

    2
  • DaveD1000

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Josh
    ?

    @JoshDWR
    Follow Follow @JoshDWR
    More
    Watch Sunlun’ till I die and tell me with a straight face that any of those inbreds could even turn on a computer let alone hack one of the worlds largest social media platforms. #NUFC

    5:49 PM – 12 Jun 2019

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  • toon22

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next time?

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  • toon22

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Jon

    This is the 8th time he’s sold us

    😉

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  • toon22

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #30

    And he’s going to keep on pretending to sell us as it works
    Over and over again

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  • oldarse

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Hey Tadpole please give it a rest at have a go at slitting your wrists.

    3
  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Easy tiger

    2
  • oldarse

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #33

    at least

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  • jon

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #34

    All quiet :-/

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #35

    That statement

    All good

    Sounds like a hoax

    What multi billion company gives an update like that on £350 million pound deal

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  • mac the jaffrey

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Just had to have a reality check.

    We’ve been stung before for sure, but there has undoubtedly been things happening which have been confirmed, major lawyers are confirmed to be in action, suddenly a wall of silence would seem to suggest NDAs in effect, Premier league I believe have confirmed details have been passed.

    Until I hear an official statement to the contrary from one of the major players (and all involved players are major) I’ll continue to believe.

    Spotty herberts clamouring for clicks &likes etc aren’t going to reveal anything official either way are they.

    Believe.

    5
  • The mighty wyn

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Beginning to lose the faith lads. I thought this was the real one but it’s beginning to look a little confused to me now. Like everybody else I wish he would just go and quick. I’m just holding on to Dubai Micky and robleenio being convinced it’s happening

    2
  • Kamakazeee

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Would silence from both sides or as people have referred to as NDA’s acting on both sides, mean exclusivity has been reached?

    1
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Betttswallocks @ 25.

    Lucky you…

    I’m watching one about mining. Boring.

    6
  • jon

    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Wyn, nobody has come out and said it’s not happening, other than know nowt journos & twatter.
    Grab a beer and chillaxe…… It is happening

    🙂

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