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Emlyn would have so loved his grandson; LFC legend's family talk 10 years after his death.

Byline: HELEN DAVIES @helenafdavies

THE daughter of ex-Liverpool FC legend Emlyn Hughes has told how his five-year-old grandson supports the Reds ... and recognises his grandfather in old television clips.

It is almost 10 years since a brain tumour claimed the life of former skipper Emlyn, leaving behind wife Barbara and children Emma and Emlyn. This weekend Barbara and Emma have spoken publicly for the first time about the man known to millions by his nickname 'Crazy Horse'.

They say he would have been delighted with Liverpool's success this season.

Cameron, Emma's five-year-old son, is a Liverpool fan and recognises his grandad in old TV footage.

Emma said: "It's happened a few times recently with Liverpool doing so well and when Cameron sees them he says, 'That's my grandaddy with the big cup, grandaddy who lives on a big cloud'."

Emlyn died aged just 57 in November 2004 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2003.

Barbara, Emlyn's wife for 32 years, said: "There still isn't a day that goes past where I don't think of him.

"Emlyn was irreplaceable - it was his personality.

"He was exactly as you would see him on television.

He treated everybody the same - he was easy-going and enthusiastic about everything."

In August 2003 Emlyn, previously captain of an illustrious Liverpool side and the England team before bringing his infectious enthusiasm to TV quiz A Question Of Sport, had his first operation.

Emma said: "They couldn't get all the tumour so we asked, 'Right, PRIDE: Hughes what's next?' "The medical team said there was no cure. And that's when it hit.

"Dad asked what his chances were, how many survived. The statistics were something like one in every 10,000.

"So Dad just said, 'Oh right. Well I'll be the second person to survive, then.'" He died on the day Barbara was arranging a hospice place for him.

Emlyn's family are backing Brain Tumour Research's new World Cup fundraising drive called Host for Hope: Game On.

Barbara said: "Emlyn would have loved the idea of it - have a party, watch football, and raise money for a wonderful cause."

? For more information on the Brain Tumour Research campaign go to myhostforhope.org

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PRIDE: Barbara Hughes and daughter Emma Hughes

CAPTAIN: Emlyn Hughes lifts the European Cup following Liverpool's 1977 win over Borussia Moenchgladbach

FEELING BETTER: Emlyn recovering from his first brain operation

TV STAR: Emlyn on A Question Of Sport, with David Coleman, Princess Anne and Bill Beaumont
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Date:May 18, 2014
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