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Hugh at Dunfermline with Sir Alex Ferguson

Auchinleck through and through "Wee Louie" as he was lovingly called by both Dundee and Dunfermline fans was a product of the Dalsalloch Row's and the Barony pit. Signed part time by Willie Thorton in 1957 and was later to serve under one of Talbot's other greats Bob Shankly. Hugh's early career saw him working down the pit Monday to Friday and playing for Dundee at the weekend where he shared digs with the now Aberdeen manager Craig Brown.

Hughie made a scoting debut in November 1957 in a 5-0 win over Partick Thistle this was to be the first of his 61 goals for the Tayside club in his 292 appearances. Hugh continued to shine when another Talbot legend Bob Shankly took the helm at Dens Park and in 1961 he was capped for Scotland in a World Cup qualifier against Czechoslavakia where Scotland went down 4-2 in extra time at the Heysel Stadium in Brussells. Reports say Hugh should have been capped more times for Scotland but was up against number one selection Davie Wilson with Willie Johnstone wating in the wings. However Hughie did pull the Dark Blue strip over his head in 1962 when he represented the Under 23 squad against England and Wales.

In 1962 Dundee under Shankly captured the Scottish Championship and in the following year reached the semi final of the European Cup losing out to AC Milan. Hughie was injured for both semi matches but made his European mark in the opening round scoring a brace against FC Cologne at Dens park.

In 1965 Shankly left for Hibs and Hugh headed for Dunfermline in a £10,000 deal where he racked up 239 appearances and 61 goals, two of them at Ibrox in 1965 when the Pars recorded their first win a the Rangers ground. Hughie added a Scottish winners medal to his league medal in 1968 when Dunfermline defeat Hearts at Hampden.

Hughie with the 1968 Scottish Cup

With Hughie now heading towards the twilight of his carer he signed for Arbroath but after 40 matches he retired due to injury, but continued as a trainer at Gayfield. He returned to Dundee and had a spell as coach and chief scout, but in the 1970's he tried his hand in Scandanavia where he took over third division Danish side Herfolge who he guided to the top flight.

Hugh returned to Scotland in the hope that his footballing credentials in Denmark would grab him a managers job, but it was to no avail and Hugh went into the hotel business until his death in 2010.

Hughie always intimated that the first score he always looked for was the Talbot's and as an ex player and Affleck lad he will always be held dear to the Talbot's hearts.

Bob Shankly and Hughie (3rd left) on the balcony of Dundee Town Hall after

their Scottish Champions winning title.

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