Barrhead, Renfrewshire 1886
Scotsman Archibald Hughes from Barrhead, signing from Manchester City and leaving to join Bristol Rovers, played in the Southern League for Exeter City during the 1910/11 season.He started his career with Barrhead Ferenze before joining Scottish League Second Division club Arthurlie. Southern League Millwall enticed Hughes to try his luck ‘down south’ and he stayed with them for four seasons. Returning to Arthurlie, he signed for Bury in 1908 where he scored three times in five league outings. Twelve months later he moved to Manchester City but didn’t feature in the first team.
On signing for Exeter City in 1910 he was described as a player who was ‘wonderfully fast off the mark and there were plenty of goalkeepers who could bear testimony to his shooting ability.’ He made his debut in the opening Southern League fixture of the season at home to Brentford and later had a run of seven matches during which time he netted on five occasions.
Nonetheless, he was never able to win a regular place in the City team, and after just one season at St James’ Park, he left to join Bristol Rovers.