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Mark Hughes - Manchester United - Biography of his football career at Man Utd.

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Date: 21 April 1985

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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 - Manchester United - Biography of his football career at Man Utd.


                                                           (Part 1) 1984-86


Mark Hughes joined Manchester United as an Associate Schoolboy at 14 and became an apprentice in June 1980. He made his debut as a substitute in a 2-0 home win against Port Vale in the Milk Cup on 26th October 1983. Following a further substitute appearance in the European Cup Winners' Cup, Sparky made his first start, again in the Milk Cup, scoring in a 1-1 draw with Oxford United at the Manor Ground. He only appeared once, as a substitute in a league game against Southampton, over the next fourteen weeks until he made his second start against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in a 2-0 defeat. His performance kept him in the side and he played in United's game of the season, the return leg, in which they overturned the two-goal deficit with a 3-0 win.


He remained in the starting line-up until the end of the season and was virtually an ever present the following. He helped United to the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Everton and finished as top scorer with 25 goals in 55 appearances. Already a fans' favourite, Hughes' play was also appreciated by his peers, and he was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year for the 1984/85 season. Both he and the team flourished at the beginning of the next campaign, United winning their first 10 league games and 13 of the first 15. During that time he scored 11 goals, however, United agreed a transfer with Barcelona for the end of the season much to the dismay of the fans. The title challenge fell to pieces and Sparky's goal scoring form deserted him, though he did leave a reminder of what the club would be missing with four goals in his final four games. He was to return with a vengeance. (Steve Drabble)