Mark Hughes (footballer, born 1983)
|Full name||Mark Anthony Hughes|
|Date of birth||16 September 1983|
|Place of birth||Dungannon, Northern Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2004||→ Northampton Town (loan)||3||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||27||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Chesterfield (loan)||2||(1)|
|2002–2005||Northern Ireland U21||12||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:38, 22 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:12, 2 February 2009 (UTC)
Hughes started his career at Tottenham Hotspur, coming through their youth system and breaking into the reserve side. Midway through the 2003–04 season he was loaned out to Oldham Athletic where he impressed sufficiently to be signed permanently for a nominal fee. He played a little over one season at Oldham before new boss John Sheridan decided he was surplus to requirements and terminated his contract. At Oldham he scored his first career goal in a 4-3 win over Bristol City.
From Oldham Athletic he moved into the non-League with Thurrock, but was back in the league a few months later, joining League One side Chesterfield agreed to take him on loan. At Chesterfield he scored on his debut against Gillingham. Three months later, he was on the move again, joining Conference National club Stevenage Borough. Hughes struggled to establish himself in a disappointing league campaign for Stevenage and was once again released, with another former Spurs youngster, Stuart Lewis signing for the club.
Hughes joined Chester City after impressing on trial in July and August 2007. He made his debut for the club on the opening day of 2007–08 against his former club Chesterfield and was a regular starter for City for the next 18 months before moving to Barnet in February 2009.
Hughes scored the goal that kept Barnet in the Football League on the last day of the 2011–12 League Two season, in the 2-1 win at Burton Albion. As a result, Hereford United were relegated to the Football Conference instead.
In July 2013, Hughes signed for Conference South club Chelmsford City and was immediately made club captain. Hughes made his 100th appearance in all competitions for Chelmsford City on 7 November 2015 in a loss to Truro City, after which he expressed his desire to see out his career at the club. However, on 29 June 2016, manager Rod Stringer confirmed Hughes' departure.
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- "Oldham 4–3 Bristol City". BBC. 22 October 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- "Gillingham 2-1 Chesterfield". BBC. 4 November 2006. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- "Chelmsford City swoop for former Northern Ireland man Mark Hughes". Essex Chronicle. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "Chelmsford City skipper: 'I'd love to see out my career here'". Essex Chronicle. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "Chelmsford City NEWS: Clarets boss Rod Stringer confirm skipper Mark Hughes' departure". Essex Chronicle. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- "'Debut' Win For Hughes". Eastbourne Borough F.C. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.