The death of Billy Hughes

November 14, 1919
Liverpool people will remember Billy Hughes, of Bootle F.C., but they probably would not associate his name with the report last week-end of the death of a motorist who collapsed on a motor on Friday and died almost immediately.

The last act he performed was to shut off the engine of his machine and thus save his friend who accompanied him from accident. Well, Billy Hughes, of Mossley Hill, was in his day one of the best centre half-backs that Bootle boasted, and he played for Wales against England in 1891, against Scotland, and against Ireland in 1892.

Later in life he joined the White Star Company, to which he was well known and respected as chief steward. In fact, I remember meeting him on the Lapland years ago, when the rare enthusiast who could never manage to see Everton win – Mr. Fred J. Stanyer – and Mr. Hughes were chatting on old footballore.

Mr. Hughes was to Bootle as Jack Taylor was to Everton, and he created lasting memories by his play. Only last Saturday week two friends were chatting upon pivot of teams, and one said “Billy Hughes was the best centre half I can recollect.”

Heading was his great forte, and one could hardly “tell him” when he had finished a match because he was mud-bespattered from top to toe. Jumping like a deer, he was always in the thick of the game, and enjoyed his sport as much as those who watched him playing.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: November 18, 1919)


As Mr. Billy Hughes, of 41 Hallville Road, Mossley Hill, driving a motor-cycle with a sidecar and a lady, was leaving Woodside ferry approach in the direction of Chester Street, he was seen to fall from the machine, which ran on for a few yards and then stopped. Mr. Hughes was immediately attended to by passersby but he was beyond help, and must have died instantaneously.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: November 15, 1919)

Liverpool Echo: November 19, 1919.


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