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Hughie Russell

Personal information
Full nameWilliam Hugh Russell
Place of deathTaunton, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionCentre forward
Club information
Current clubn/a

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William Hugh "Hughie" Russell (10 March 1921 10 December 1991) was an English professional football (soccer) player.

Shortly after World War II Russell joined Gillingham, then a non-league team. He scored 98 goals in just 126 games for the Kent side prior to their return to the Football League in 1950, including a haul of nine goals in a match against Gloucester City in the 1946 47 season, a club record for a single match which stands to this day. Contemporary newspaper reports state that he hit the post late on with a shot which could have given him double figures.

Russell remained at the club after its re-election to the Football League, but could not repeat his non-league scoring feats, registering just 8 goals in over 60 matches. He was forced to retire through injury in 1952 and later served as the club's trainer before leaving football entirely to work as a hotelier. He died in Taunton in 1991.

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