Mark Hughes - Chelsea FC - Biography of his football career at Chelsea.

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Date: 15 September 1996

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      Friday, 01 November 1963
      Ruabon, Wales.
  • Wales
  • Blackburn Rovers
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Wednesday, 25th October 2000 scoring twice in a 3-2 win at home to Tranmere Rovers (Aged: 36)
    • Club Career
      25 League apps (+25 as sub), 6 goals
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 19th August 1995 in a 0-0 draw at home to Everton (Aged: 31)
    • Club Career
      88 League apps (+7 as sub), 25 goals
  • Manchester United
    • Club Career Dates
      1980-1986, 1988-1995
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 21st January 1984 in a 3-2 win at home to Southampton (Aged: 20)
    • Club Career
      (During two spells)
      336 League apps (+9 as sub), 119 goals
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Mark HUGHES - Chelsea FC - Biography of his football career at Chelsea.



Mark Hughes was a legend of British football long before he signed for Chelsea for £1.5 million in the summer of 1995. Having won every domestic honour possible in a superb career with Manchester United, it was typical of the man that he should throw himself so enthusiastically into the challenge of resurrecting the fortunes of the club he had supported as a boy. Quietly spoken and modest by nature, Sparky was an altogether different character once he set foot on a football pitch, harassing defenders and rampaging into challenges with relish.


Never a favourite amongst the Chelsea supporters during his time with United, Hughes immediately won over his former detractors as he brought his experience and know-how to bear on a Chelsea attack which had been bereft of inspiration for too long. In a first season littered with suspensions the Welshman scored four times during Chelsea's run to the FA Cup semi-final and capped a fine campaign with a hat-trick against Leeds. Despite starting the following season alongside the legendary Gianluca Vialli, it wasn't until Gianfranco Zola was recruited from Parma that Hughes found top form again, the two men forming one of the Premiership's great striking partnerships.


A regular starter in league games, Gullit often preferred to start Sparky on the bench for cup games and he proved his value in this role in the FA Cup 4th round tie with Liverpool when he came on to help The Blues turn a 2-0 half-time deficit into a 4-2 victory. Something of an FA Cup talisman, Hughes went on to collect his fourth winner's medal at the end of the season as Chelsea won their first major trophy for 26 years.


A regular starter again in 1997/98, it was ironic that he again made his most memorable impact when coming on as a substitute, first when scoring against Arsenal as Chelsea came from behind to reach the final of the Coca Cola Cup and then with a stunning volley against Vicenza that sealed Chelsea's place in the European Cup Winners Cup final. Chelsea won both trophies and in the summer of 1998, with three more winner's medals to add to his extensive collection and having left behind a wealth of magical memories for the Chelsea supporters to cherish, Mark Hughes packed his bags and headed to Southampton in a £650, 000 deal. (Kelvin Barker)