A player of real stature throughout his playing career, Emlyn Hughes had the honour of captaining his country on numerous occasions as well as leading the mighty Liverpool to a glut of trophies during the late 1960s and 1970s.
Joining Wolves for a fee of £90,000 in August 1979, Hughes left Liverpool after 665 appearances and 49 goals for the Anfield outfit. His 59 appearances for England while at Liverpool made him the club’s most capped player until Welsh striker Ian Rush broke the record more than ten years later.
In his first season at Molineux, Hughes went on to win the League Cup in – the only trophy he did not win with Liverpool – and duly lifted it as captain after a surprise 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Final at Wembley. He was also decorated with the OBE for services to football in 1980.
After 77 appearances and two goals, Hughes left Molineux in September 1981, joining Rotherham United as player/manager. Management, however, was not to be for him, and after he was sacked by the Millers in March 1983. He joined the Tigers in the same month and, remarkably, his time at Boothferry Park provided his most lucrative payday, earning £800-a-week!
The Tigers’ then chairman, Don Robinson, considered it money well spent, though, as Hughes’s first appearance at Boothferry Park doubled the attendance to more than 14,000! Hughes brought experience and calm to the latter stages of a successful promotion campaign, during which he made nine appearances in black and amber before departing to join Mansfield Town in August 1983.
Peter Daniel began his career as an apprentice with the Tigers in the early 1970s.
The cultured right-back’s performances earned him England Under-21 honours; his seven appearances capped by a goal from the penalty spot in the 8-1 demolition of Finland at Boothferry Park.
His talents were clear to see and it came as no surprise when Wolves paid £182,000 for his services in May 1978. He left the Tigers have made 128 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring nine goals.
Injuries and playing in unaccustomed roles meant his time at Molineux was not without his difficulties but a League Cup winners’ medal, won in 1980, was some compensation. He gained an assist on the goal that defeated Nottingham Forest at Wembley.
In total, he made 194 appearances for the Midlands club, scoring 16 times before departing to join NASL side Minnesota Kicks in May 1984.
The Tigers completed the signing of Steven Mouyokolo from French club Boulogne for a reported fee of £2m in the summer of 2009, although the deal was initially agreed the previous January with Phil Brown opting to allow the centre-back to remain with the French side for the remainder of the 2008/09 Ligue 2 campaign.
After helping his former club to promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time in their history, he joined up with his new team-mates in June 2009. The Frenchman made 23 appearances in all competitions for the Tigers, 21 of which came in the Barclays Premier League, with his only goal coming in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the KC Stadium in February 2009.
The Tigers’ relegation to the Championship that season resulted in Mouyokolo’s departure after just 12 months at the KC Stadium, joining Wolves for an undisclosed fee in June 2010. However, numerous injury problems limited him to just seven appearances for the Molineux outfit before his contract was terminated by mutual consent in January 2013.