Emlyn Hughes, 57; Liverpool Soccer Star of the 1960s and ‘70s

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Emlyn Hughes, 57, the former England and Liverpool captain who was one of the greatest English soccer players of his generation, has died.

Hughes died Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, England, of a brain tumor.

Nicknamed “Crazy Horse” for his energetic playing style, Hughes starred for Liverpool during its glory days in the 1970s and helped the Reds win two European Cup titles and four English League championships in 12 years. Hughes also was England’s captain 23 times in his 62 international games.

Hughes was signed as a 19-year-old in 1967 by legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, who immediately described him as “a future England captain.”


At the end of his career, Hughes played for Hull, Mansfield and Swansea. He managed Rotherham from 1981 to 1983. He later became a well-known face on British television by appearing on the quiz show “A Question of Sport” in the 1980s.

In 1980, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to soccer.