Lee Hughes name receives mixed reactions while speaking of football. His illustrious career has been followed closely by sky sports news who have been following his career from his days as a semi professional in England C National Football team to his latest position as a striker of Notts County. Lee Hughes began realizing his dream when he became a part of the West Bromwich Albion for a record fee of £200,000, the highest ever to be paid to a non-league player. His career continued its upward stream until the car crash that he was involved in and held responsible for during the 2003-2004 season.
It can be said that it was this crash that changed Hughes life. A passenger, Douglas Graham, in the Renault that his Mercedes hit, died in the crash and the driver of the Renault was seriously injured. Since Hughes had been drinking that night, he fled from the accident scene to avoid the breath analyzer test. Though he turned himself to the police the next day and was charged with ‘causing death by drunken driving’, he was released on bail which allowed him to complete Albions First Division campaign and subsequently become a part of the Premier League. He went on to becoming the clubs leading goal scorer with 13 goals.
The verdict of the crash was delivered in August 2004 where Hughes was found guilty of the death of Douglas Graham caused by drunken driving and also for fleeing from the crime scene and was sentenced to six years of imprisonment and was also banned from driving for ten years.
It seemed like the beginning of his downslide when his contract with West Bromwich Albion was terminated and his appeal for a reduced sentence refused. While in prison he found salvation in Islam, the faith that he converted to. Alongside, he also played for the Staffordshire County Senior League as a part of the prison football team, Featherstone F.C.
Days before his release news surfaced of Hughes signing a contract with Oldham Athletic. He did sign a two year contract upon his release in August 2007 with them at £1,800 per week, the amount being one tenth of what he earned during his stint with Wes Bromwich Albion. However, by the time the season ended, Hughes has reclaimed his position as the highest goal scorer for the club, scoring 8 goals.
It has been on the upswing for Hughes since then. He joined the Championship Club Blackpool on loan and made his first goal against Charlton Athletic. He was then signed a two year contract for League Two team for Notts County and scored a hat-trick in a victory over Bradford City with 5-0.
Though Hughes finds himself climbing up the ladder of success, he is still haunted by the demons from the past. He still seeks to redeem himself by doing community and charity work in the hope that his work in some way can help prevent another tragedy from happening.
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