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Mark Hughes

Name: Mark Anthony Hughes
Born: 16 September 1983, Dungannon
Height: 5.10 ft (1.78 m)
Weight: 12.04 st (78 kg)
Position: Midfielder/Right-Back
Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 2 Full Caps (2006), 1 Under-23 Cap (2004), 12 Under-21 Caps (2002-2005), Youth Caps.
Club Career:
Clubs......... -Seasons- Signed --Fee-- League FA Cup Lge Cup Other
Tottenham H. . 01/2-04/5 Aug-01 Trainee .0(0)/0
Northampton T. 04/5..... Aug-04 ...Loan .3(0)/0
Oldham Ath.... 04/5-05/6 Nov-04 Nominal 55(5)/1 7(0)/0 1(0)/0 2(3)/0
Thurrock...... 06/7..... Jul-06 ...Free (Football Conference South)
Chesterfield.. 06/7..... Nov-06 ...Loan .2(0)/1 1(0)/0
Stevenage Boro 06/7..... Jan-07 ...Free .8(2)/2 ............. 3(0)/0 (Conf. Nat'l)
Chester City.. 07/8-08/9 Aug-07 ...Free 64(5)/4 2(0)/0 1(0)/0 3(0)/0
Barnet ....... 08/9-11/2 Feb-09 .. Free 123(5)/7 5(0)/0 4(0)/1 8(0)/1
Eastleigh .... 12/3 .... Aug-12 .. Free (Football Conference South)
Chelmsford C. .13/4-15/6 Jul-13 .. Free (Football Conference South/National League South)
Eastbourne Bor 16/7 .... c/s-16 .. Free (National League South)
Bishop's Sto'd 17/8 .... May-17 .. Free (Southern League)
Cheshunt ..... 18/9-19/0 c/s-18 .. Free (Isthmian League)
A tough-tackling midfielder, also capable at right-back, Mark Hughes came through the ranks at Tottenham and was a regular in the Northern Ireland at various youth levels. After a brief loan spell with Nortmapton he impressed while on a temporary deal at Oldham where the deal became permanent. Established as a regular at Boundary Park, Lawrie Sanchez included Hughes in the young Northern Ireland squad for the USA tour in 2006. He played in both matches, coming on as a substitute against Uruguay and Romania.
Shortly after his return from the US, Hughes, having fallen out of favour, secured an early release from his contract at Oldham. Initially signed by Conference South club, Thurrock, he returned to the Football League on an emergency two month loan with Chesterfield in November. Although he scored on his Spireites debut against Gillingham, he was unable to convince boss Roy McFarland to offer him a permanent deal and he returned to Thurrock.
Hughes signed for Stevenage Borough in January 2007, but was released the following May. He returned to the Football League for the 2007/08 season with Chester City and in February 2009 he was released to join Barnet. For the Bees he played under Lawrie Sanchez during the 2011/12 season as captain and scored the goal that secured their League status on the closing day of the season against Burton.

Hughes was released when his contract expired in the summer of 2012. He joined non-league Eastleigh. He was then captain at Chelmsford until his release in June 2016.

Hughes began his coaching career as player-assistant manager with Bishop's Stortford in 2017/18. The following season he took on a similar role with Cheshunt and in 2021 he joined Billericay Town as assistant to Kevin Watson.
Northern Ireland Cap Details:
21-05-2006 Uruguay ........... N L 0-1 FR sub
26-05-2006 Romania ........... N L 0-2 FR sub
Summary: 0(2)/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 2.

Northern Ireland Under-23 Cap Details:
27-04-2004 Serbia & Montenegro H D 0-0 FR sub

Summary: 0(1)/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details: