emlyne hughes

Emlyn Hughes OBE
Founder Chief Patron

Emlyn was born in Barrow-in-Furness on the 28th August 1947
and was married with two children.

The son of a international rugby player, he started his football career in the Barrow youth ranks before signing professional terms with Blackpool football club. In 1967, only 29 first division games later, he was transferred to Liverpool football club for £65,000, the start of an era in which he played 650 games. he lead them as Captain to achieve numerous footballing honour's, as well as taking England in the same direction.

In 1979 when "Crazy Horse" appeared to be in the twilight of his career, Wolverhampton Wanderers acquired him to rebuild their team. In his first season with Wolves, he led them to win the League cup (the only trophy never won with Liverpool).
In 1980 he was awarded the OBE in recognition of his services to soccer.

The success of his media career following his retirement from football, has been quite remarkable, His witty and enthusiastic appearances a Team Captain on "Question of Sport" and "Sporting Triangles" have established Emlyn as one of the country's most popular television personalities.

He was also acknowledged as one of the best Motivational and After Dinner Speakers in Britain. Much of his material was gleaned from his playing career as Captain of Liverpool and England and memories and anecdotes of his mentor, the late, great Bill Shankly. These recollections illustrate his humour, determination and love for sport.

They both attended Fables 10th Anniversary Gala Ball in 2005

Emlyn joined Fable as it’s first patron in 1996. Following his death in 2004 Emlyn's wife Barbara and his son Emlyn Jnr have continued to support Fable in his name.


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