Emlyn Hughes could never be accused of failing to put in 100 per cent effort for club and country - hence his affectionate nickname of 'Crazy Horse'.
The defender is most closely associated with Liverpool where he played for 12 trophy-laden seasons, first as a full-back and later as a centre-half.
Hughes began his career at Blackpool in 1966 and was the subject of a £20,000 bid from Liverpool boss Bill Shankly a year later at the age of 17. The Seasiders rejected that offer, but a year later they could not turn down an improved bid of £65,000 and the teenager was on his way to Anfield.
By 1974 he was Liverpool skipper and his leadership qualities were also recognised at international level as he was England captain for 23 of his 62 Three Lions matches. Hughes won his first cap against Wales in 1970 and was a regular for the next decade before his final international appearance against Auld rivals Scotland.
Trophies unfortunately eluded him with England, but there was plenty of silverware to lift with Liverpool as he claimed three English league titles, one FA Cup, one UEFA Cup and two European Cups.
Even after a move to less fancied Wolves in 1979, Hughes managed to claim another trophy by way of the League Cup and he also had a go at management at Rotherham before playing out his career at Hull, Mansfield, and Swansea.
A regular and popular face on TV over the years, Hughes faced his greatest challenge when he was diagnosed with brain cancer, a battle he finally lost in 2004, but one that he, as ever, took on with courage and humour.