Hughes was a centre back from the old school, a big imposing man, good in the air and hard in the tackle. To top it off he had the best bubble perm in Torquay United history.
Following his much too short spell with United, he returned to Bristol Rovers before signing for Swansea and Bristol City in the same season. He was then sold to Tranmere Rovers in 1984 for £3,000, and Tranmere is where he stayed for the next nine seasons, becoming the rock in the centre of their defence and accumulating 345 appearances for the club.
Hughes ended with two season's at Shrewsbury, retiring at the age of 34 and after making over 500 appearance during his career.
Although he never played at the highest level, he was involved in a Tranmere team that went from relegation candidates to the Conference to successive play-offs for promotion to the Premiership.