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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 November, 2004, 13:03 GMT
How young Hughes impressed Saint
By Ian St John
Liverpool 1961-1971

Former Liverpool and England great Emlyn hughes

When Bill Shankly signed this young lad from Blackpool, we couldn't believe the energy this boy had, he was always in the front of the queue at training.

The first thing you find out about somebody is on the training ground - and Emlyn could run for ever, he had boundless energy and great enthusiasm for the game.

It wasn't long before he got into the team. I was playing on the right side of midfield and he came in on the left.

We had a partnership going while he was learning the game and he got the Crazy Horse tag from the crowd because he ran everywhere, which at times wasn't good for an older player like me!

He moved from midfield to left-back and then centre of defence and he was a great player wherever he played, and an excellent captain for Liverpool and England.

He had great leadership qualities and to win the European Cup in successive years was an amazing achievement.

Former Liverpoool striker Ian St John
Ian St John was impressed by new arrival Hughes

For Emlyn to have played with us in the 1960s and then do what he did in the '70s was wonderful.

Don't forget that when he finished at Liverpool he went to Wolves and had a great time there.

He won the League Cup at Wolves and never won that at Liverpool, and wherever he went he made a big impact.

He was a man who loved life. He always looked on the bright side and was determined not to give in.

He had a smashing time in his last year, he went down to Australia for the rugby World Cup with his family, he loved his racing and continued to go to meetings and he said he wasn't going to just sit at home - and he didn't.



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