HUGHES; A HAPPY BOY!
Crewe 2 West Brom 3
Lee Hughes Lee Hughes (born in Smethwick, West Midlands, May 22, 1976) is an English footballer who plays for Oldham Athletic. Between 2004 and 2007 he was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving. went from roof-builder to roof-raiser with a remarkable super- sub show that shattered Crewe's history men.
The boy from the Black Country - as well as the black stuff - is the genuine article in these days of foreign mercenaries.
A local kid made good and living proof that football's dream factory is still alive and kicking alive and vigorously active.
See also: kicking .
Hughes has lived all his life just the proverbial goalkick away from the Hawthorns and grew up with stars in his eyes watching heroes like Cyrille Regis Cyrille Regis (born 9 February 1958) is a former English footballer. Career
Born in Maripasoula, French Guyana and moving to England in his youth, Regis started work as an electrician, playing for amateur team Hayes in his spare time. .
Overlooked by Albion for a YTS YTS (in Britain) Youth Training Scheme contract after four years with them as a schoolboy, he went to work for his dad, laying hot bitumen bitumen (bĭty`mən) a generic term referring to flammable, brown or black mixtures of tarlike hydrocarbons, derived naturally or by distillation from petroleum. flat roofs while playing part-time for Kidderminster.
And it was his 34 goals for the Conference club last season that persuaded Albion to splash out splash out
to spend a lot of money on a treat or luxury: she planned to splash out on a good holiday pounds 200,000 for a player they could have had for nothing five years ago.
After he had opened his league account with two stunning goals in the last five minutes at Gresty Road, no wonder the former roofer and his proud dad Bill - sitting in the stand - savoured that top-of-the-world feeling.
The local hero appears to have struck an instant rapport with Albion followers, who invaded the pitch in celebration over his last-gasp winner.
Hughes has red hair, tattoos of a Tasmanian devil Tasmanian devil, extremely voracious marsupial, or pouched mammal, of the dasyure family, now found only on the island of Tasmania. The Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisi, formerly found also in Australia, is about 2 ft (60 cm) long, excluding the 12-in. and a British bulldog British bulldog
see bulldog (2). on his forearms, dynamite in his boots and Albion in his blood.
Beads of sweat were still breaking from his forehead after his fun in the sun as he said: "I love the Albion and playing for them is a dream.
"My house is about a mile-and-a- half from the Hawthorns and I must have been about six when I first saw a game there.
"I was a season ticket holder before I started playing on Saturday afternoons.
"I was a schoolboy with them from 11 to 15 but wasn't offered a YTS contract and I wasn't too surprised because I didn't really develop until later. Anyway, going to Kidderminster was the right move for me. I dropped down, developed my game and was then able to work my way back up.
"A few clubs were interested in buying me after I scored 34 goals last season.
"But once I knew West Brom had come in there was no contest - they were the club for me.
"Manchester United could have come in and I still would have signed for the Albion. Apart from my love for the club there's a far better chance of getting in the first-team here. It was great to score twice, but I always feel confident that I'll get chances.
"I'm happy to go back on the bench if that's the way the manager wants it because I've still got a lot to learn.
"But my ambition is to help Albion into the Premiership."
Ray Harford's team made hard work of their successive win. They were 2-1 down with five minutes left of a game they had dominated when Hughes - a 56th-minute substitute for Paul Peschisolido Paolo Pasquale Peschisolido, commonly known as Paul Peschisolido (born May 25, 1971 in Scarborough, Canada) is a professional footballer, He currently plays for Luton Town. - came to their rescue.
Harford admitted: "You feel that Lee is your ace card - you only want to use him when you really need him.
"He's still learning the game. He's very green, but he's very enthusiastic and a superb finisher.
"Sometimes his touch and movement are not very clever but that will come and anyway he can be as bad as he likes if he scores two goals every week.
"It was a hot day, we were 2-1 down, we needed something to liven li·ven
tr. & intr.v. li·vened, li·ven·ing, li·vens
To make or become more lively: liven up a party; a discussion that livened up. us up and Lee certainly did that.
"He's a local boy, been a West Brom supporter all his life so this is a dream for him."
Albion looked to be cruising it when the impressive Andy Hunt gave them a deserved lead with a 25th-minute penalty after he had been tripped by Chris Lightfoot Chris Lightfoot (1978–2007) was a leading and prolific online civic campaigner, a polymath and a scientist, and the first developer with Tom Steinberg at e-democracy charity mySociety. .
But Dele Adebola Betterthanpelé "Pelé" Adebola (born June 23, 1975 in Lagos) is a Nigerian footballer, who currently plays as a striker for Coventry City. Early life
Arriving in England as a small boy with his family, Adebola was brought up in Liverpool; as a bellboy, he played in the pulled Crewe level before half-time and it looked as if they would celebrate their first Division One home game of their 104- year history with an unlikely win when Mark Rivers Mark Rivers born 26 November 1975 in Crewe is a professional footballer currently without a club.
Mark came through the youth ranks with Crewe Alexandra making his first team debut in 1994 playing as a striker and in right and left midfield over 239 games, scoring 58 goals. finished off a superb 63rd-minute move with a clinical finish.
But Hughes had other ideas and produced two cracking shots to leave Crewe boss Dario Gradi Dario Gradi MBE (born Milan, Italy, 8 July 1941) is a football manager and former player, currently Manager and Technical Director of Crewe Alexandra F.C.. Dario stepped down as first team coach on 1 July 2007, being replaced by Steve Holland. admitting his team could face a grim struggle for survival unless he can find reinforcements.
With star men like Danny Murphy and Robbie Savage sold to the Premiership, and regulars like Gareth Whalley and Steve Macauley injured Crewe looked lightweight.
Gradi admitted: "One or two of them are being found out at this level.
"We're making too many mistakes and we're not providing Dele with enough support at the front.
"I can't see that side winning at Norwich next week unless we do something.
"We're coping in midfield, where I thought we would struggle, but the problems are at the back and up front.
"The only time we looked threatening was when we scored the second goal."
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Andy Hunt would have got it but he was upstaged by super-sub Lee Hughes and his two late goals.
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Dario Gradi pulled no punches: "We're finding out that some of our players can't cope at this level."
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Crewe's second goal. Kenny Lunt fed Steve Garvey and his through ball was finished off in style by Mark Rivers.