First posted on Facebook 3rd April, 2016
Happy Birthday John ‘Yogi’ Hughes (the original) who will be 73 today. John was part of the Celtic squad that won the European Cup in 1967; although John himself did not play in that game he had been an integral part of qualifying for the Final.
John was capped 8 times by Scotland winning his first cap under Ian McColl in 1965 in a friendly against Spain in May, which ended in a nil nil draw. He would play in 3 qualifiers for the 1966 World Cup including the famous 1-0 win at Hampden over Italy in November, 1965 in which John Greig scored with a couple of minutes to go.
John would score his only goal against England at Hampden in 1968 in a game that doubled as a Home International and Euro Qualifier; although Scotland would draw one each with the Auld Enemy, it was not enough to see us through.
His last cap came under Bobby Brown in 1969 in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland, which resulted in one each draw with Colin Stein netting
Happy Birthday John and all the best