Paul Hughes is a former English midfielder who was born in Hammersmith, London on 19th April 1976. Hughes began his career at Chelsea, showing early promise under Glenn Hoddle in the mid-1990s. He was on the periphery of the first team squad from 1994/95, before establishing himself as a squad player in 1996/97. Hughes scored his first Chelsea goal on 18th January 1997 in a 3-1 win over Derby. He netted another goal against Coventry later that campaign. In 1997/98 Hughes played in Europe and in other big matches, but could never quite force his way into the team, with the Stamford Bridge outfit investing heavily in foreign imports.
Hughes remained a Chelsea player two years after making his final appearance for the club against Newcastle on 2nd May 1998. He had an unhappy trial at Bristol City in November 1998, before signing on loan for Gary Megson's Stockport a month later. Hughes impressed at Edgeley Park, but County lacked the funds to complete a permanent deal. He had a loan stint at Norwich during the back end of 1998/99. Hughes scored for the Canaries in a 2-1 win over Swindon on 1st May 1999.
Hughes attracted the interest of Charlton in 1999, before eventually joining Crewe on loan. His stay at Gresty Road was interrupted by injury however, and he failed to make a single appearance. Hughes linked up with his former Chelsea boss Hoddle in March 2000, who gave him a two month contract at Southampton. Hughes didn't make a single first team appearance, but did score for the reserves against Leicester on 25th April 2000. He remained at the Dell throughout 2000/01, featuring only for the second string.
Hughes joined Luton on a free transfer in August 2001. It was at Kenilworth Road that he finally found a real home. Hughes scored on his debut against Carlisle on 11th August 2001, and then again a week later against Cheltenham. He was sent off twice during 2001/02, but generally performed well, helping the Hatters win promotion to Division 2. He followed that up with another successful campaign in 2002/03. By 2004 Hughes was hit with a series of injury problems. He played his final competitive game on 28th September 2004, before giving up the ghost in 2006.