Date: 9th August 2010 at 3:47pm
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Billy Hughes was the brilliant Scottish wing wizard who helped York City storm into the FA Cup semi-finals in 1954-55.

Billy Hughes was the brilliant Scottish wing wizard who helped York City storm into the FA Cup semi-finals in 1954-55.

The Glaswegian was initially an amateur with Newcastle United before being spotted by York whilst on National Service with the RAF at nearby Rufforth. He signed professional terms with the club in May 1951, and made his debut five months later in a 2-0 victory at Rochdale following the departure of John Linaker to Hull City.

That proved the start of a tremendous career at Bootham Crescent. An old fashioned right-winger with superb ball skills, Hughes went on to total 380 senior appearances for the club and score 58 goals.

He competed in all the major FA Cup ties in the mid-50s, which witnessed gallant York surging all the way to a semi-final replay against his first club Newcastle in 1955. Hughes also helped them to promotion in 1958-59.

His final game for York was, ironically, at the same place where he had started for them ten years earlier – Rochdale’s Spotland. After leaving the club in 1962, he continued to remain in the area and play local football.

Meanwhile, one of the well-versed folklores from Bootham Crescent stated that Hughes was always incredibly nervous prior to games and struggled to sleep the night before.

However, the stylish winger shouldn’t have concerned himself too much as he was one of the most natural and brilliant ball players to have ever represented the club. He died aged 74 in 2003.

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