THIS PAGE briefly discusses people, companies and machines that are somehow related to Emlyn Hughes International Soccer.
Well, honestly, and without trying to sound nasty, if you don't know what Commodore C64 was and is, you are either very young, very ignorant about the history of computers, or probably both. Launched in 1982, Commodore C64 (a.k.a. Commodore 64) quickly became the most popular computer of the 80s, ultimately selling an estimated 17 million machines -- more than any other single computer system has to this very day. And no wonder, for with its advanced graphics and sound systems the computer was just as suitable for work as it was for gaming. However, like almost always with technology, the machine ultimately had to give way to newer and more powerful computers, such as the Commodore Amiga series, Atari ST and the PC that emerged at the turn of the 1990s. For more information, try an Internet search, or simply head to c64.org.
Audiogenic Software Ltd., the company behind Emlyn Hughes International Soccer and a number of other computer games, was at its time one of the biggest software companies in the UK. Audiogenic was originally founded by Martin Maynard, but came under Peter Calver it 1985. Despite its across-platform strategy that saw all of its titles released on multiple different systems, Audiogenic, like most other software companies, faced trouble at the turbulent times of the beginning of the 1990s when the second generation of home computers arrived and many were not ready to adapt to the changes. Although Audiogenic did survive, it did so only barely, concentrating on developing sport games for Amiga. The last releases of the company came in 1998, after which there have been no new products.
Michael McLean kindly provided us with several issues of ASL News, Audiogenic's internal newsletter, for you to download. You may also find several of their titles in our downloads page. The company website was up and running until very recently.
The legendary Liverpool midfielder and captain of England actually has nothing more to do with Emlyn Hughes International Soccer than the fact that the game uses his name (and face) as a marketing tool. Yet, a few words about this colourful player and his career are surely never wasted.
Emlyn Hughes was born in August 28, 1947, as the son of a rugby league player. When 18, he started his career in football in Blackpool, but was almost immediately spotted by Liverpool's then-manager Bill 'Shanks' Shankly, and although Shankly's initial bid of £25,000 was at first refused by Blackpool's board, an offer of £65,000 a year later was too good for them to pass. As a result, Hughes transferred to Liverpool in 1967, and the rest, they say, is history.
In the Liverpool shirt, and captaining the team later on, he played 657 games winning four League Championships between 1972 and 1979, the FA Cup in 1973/74, two UEFA Cups (72/73, 75/76), and two European Cups (76/77, 77/78). The only possible club level trophy that he never attained in Liverpool was the League Cup, which he gained in 1980 when playing for Wolves. That same year, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his services to soccer. At the end of his career he played for Rotherham, Hull City, Mansfield Town and Swansea City, until finally hanging up his boots in 1984.
For international audience, Emlyn was well known as England's number one choice in defence. Initially a full back there, he later on settled in central defence, ultimately ending up playing 62 caps. He was also famous for his rough style, willingness to penetrate deep into the opponent's half, and the lack of self-censorship when talking to the referees and other officials. All this earned him the nickname 'Crazy Horse'.
After his career on the field, Emlyn stayed in touch with the game first as a manager and director of lower-level clubs, and subsequently as a general sports personality appearing in the commentator's box and various quiz shows. He died on November 9, 2004, at the age of 57, after having battled a brain tumor for the last fifteen months of his life.