Mark Hughes (footballer, born 1983)

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Mark Hughes
Personal information
Full name Mark Anthony Hughes[1]
Date of birth (1983-09-16) 16 September 1983 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Dungannon, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Eastbourne Borough
Youth career
0000–2001 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2004 Northampton Town (loan) 3 (0)
2004–2005 Oldham Athletic (loan) 27 (0)
2005–2006 Oldham Athletic 33 (1)
2006–2007 Thurrock 10 (0)
2006–2007 Chesterfield (loan) 2 (1)
2007 Stevenage Borough 10 (2)
2007–2009 Chester City 69 (4)
2009–2012 Barnet 129 (7)
2012–2013 Eastleigh 31 (3)
2013–2016 Chelmsford City 98 (9)
2016– Eastbourne Borough 33 (9)
National team
2002–2005 Northern Ireland U21 12 (0)
2006 Northern Ireland 2 (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)

Mark Anthony Hughes (born 16 September 1983 in Dungannon, Northern Ireland), is a footballer who plays as a midfielder for Eastbourne Borough.

Playing career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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 August 2012, Hughes signed for Conference South side Eastleigh, making his debut on the 29 September 2012.[4]

In July 2013, Hughes signed for Conference South club Chelmsford City and was immediately made club captain.[5] 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.[6] However, on 29 June 2016, manager Rod Stringer confirmed Hughes' departure.[7]

In July 2016, Hughes joined Eastbourne Borough.[8]

International career[edit]

Hughes was picked for the Northern Ireland squad, which toured America in 2006, making two full caps against Romania and Uruguay.[9]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Oldham 4–3 Bristol City". BBC. 22 October 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gillingham 2-1 Chesterfield". BBC. 4 November 2006. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.eastleigh-fc.co.uk/mark-hughes
  5. ^ "Chelmsford City swoop for former Northern Ireland man Mark Hughes". Essex Chronicle. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Chelmsford City skipper: 'I'd love to see out my career here'". Essex Chronicle. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Chelmsford City NEWS: Clarets boss Rod Stringer confirm skipper Mark Hughes' departure". Essex Chronicle. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "'Debut' Win For Hughes". Eastbourne Borough F.C. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.eastleighnews.co.uk/2012/08/eastleigh-sign-former-barnet-captain-hughes/