Hughes was captain of second division Bootle that dropped out of the League because of financial difficulties and left a place filled by Liverpool. He made just a single appearance for Liverpool's first team when he played as left-half in a 4-0 win against Northwich Victoria on 3 February 1894. This victory was one of 22 during the League season, the other six matches were drawn, as the club won the Second Division with ease at the first time of asking.
It was typical English football, with a high tempo, good skill, good chances and an amazing atmosphere at Anfield. I must say that with the crowd there, it’s like you’re 11 men playing against one big family. It’s not like their supporters have just come to watch the team, it’s as if you are playing them as well!
Anfield | Sunday 23 May 2021
You begin to wonder whether the years under Shankly, Paisley and Dalglish, were all that consistently glorious after all. Our record against clubs in the lowest league positions was considerably worse than in more modern times.
Between 1892 and 2021, some 230 Liverpool players have been sent out on loan, about 100 of them more than once, but we have received only twenty-nine, less than the equivalent of a modern full squad.
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