By Keith Ingham
There are certain players that join football clubs epitomise the teams they played for. Andy Hughes did so from the time he stepped through the gates of Elland Road, the same day in 2007 when as Denis Wise so aptly put it 'not only did they cut our balls off they took our legs too', when after going into administration the Football League took points away from the club to leave them starting the season minus fifteen points.
Andy started his career in Oldham then moved to Notts County, Reading, Norwich (yes we got one off them) and after his three year stay moved on to Scunthorpe United then Charlton Athletic. He played over one hundred times for Notts County, Reading and Leeds, the midfielder who was so versatile and is still is adored by the Leeds faithful gave me a little look into his world when he kindly accepted my invitation to answer a few questions that I asked.
Your first football memory? Playing with my Dad in the back garden then watching Maradona the World Cup in 1986.
Funniest football moment? Too many to mention.
The present situation at Leeds United? As a fan the situation is not ideal and they need to build and recruit well for this coming season but this is why we love Leeds, Ups and downs, Ups and downs.
Best player you've played against? Paul Scholes, former Manchester United player.
Hero as a boy? My Dad
Your all time eleven?
Snodin (Oldham) Kisnorbo (Leeds) Upson (Reading) Shawy
Sidwell Howson (Norwich) Huckerby Snodgrass (Norwich)
Beckford (Bolton) Dean Ashton
To name a few I've played with but there has too many to mention.
Favourite Leeds teammate? All of them!
Favourite stadium? Elland Road
If you weren't a footballer what would you liked to have done as a profession? Policeman or in the Army.
What would you like to do after you've hung up your boots? Would like to coach then manage a team, I have my B licence and now working towards my A licence. I've have called the club to offer my services but they have not returned my calls.
Lastly, did you or do you still wear a Leeds t shirt when holiday and would you come back to the club if the opportunity arose at a coaching at any level? Yes I wear my Leeds t shirt and in a heartbeat I would come back to coach.
I think I speak for all Leeds United fans that not only was Andy a fantastic and loyal footballer but those who have had the pleasure to meet him, he is a warm and genuine bloke who is still given legendary status by the faithful at Elland Road.
Thank you Andy
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