The grand debut for John Hughes


November 27, 1903
An article appeared in a well-known paper last Monday, from which I quote the following: –Undoubtedly one of the finds of the season in League football is the new left half of the Liverpool club, a young Welshman named John Hughes. Previously, he had done duty for Seacombe in a junior club, but migrated from there to Aberdare. He made his debut for Liverpool against Sunderland, at Roker Park – a difficult trial for any debutant, surely – and proved himself an eye-opener. He plays the whole ninety minutes, and never ceases worrying the opposing forwards, whilst his head work is one of the chief features of his game. This at once proves that there are many junior players in some of the Welsh clubs quite able to show up in first class football, if only the opportunity was offered to them.
(Weekly News and Visitors’ Chronicle for Colwyn Bay: November 27, 1903)