Birthday Boy – The Stoke City Sparky
Some are great players, some are good managers. What if you can be a well established player and a professional manager too ? Mark Hughes, manager of Stoke City, an extraordinary talent of all round ability. Today on his 54th birthday, here where his life goes on a flashback.
Early Life :
Leslie Mark Hughes, an outstanding Welsh manager and former footballer, was born on 1 November 1963 in Wrexham. Hughes was included into the English Football Hall of Fame for his merits.
Hughes played exceptionally for the most titled teams. He dedicated 13 years of his career to Manchester United (1980-1986, 1988-1995) and filled a gap from 1986 till 1988 playing for Barcelona and Bayern. After that, he joined Chelsea, then transferred to Southampton, Everton and, eventually, to Blackburn Rovers. Being a regular of those teams, Hughes lifted all possible trophies: the FA Cup, the Football League Cup, the FA Charity Shield, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
He represented the Wales national football team for 15 years, made 72 appearances and netted 16 goals.
As a manager :
It was his national team that helped Hughes to start the coaching career in 1999. He was at the helm of Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Fulham. In 2012, Hughes was appointed the head coach of Queens Park Rangers. After 11 months in charge of QPR he was sacked and remained unemployed till the end of 2012/2013 when Stoke City offered him to replace Tony Pulis.
Personal Life :
Throughout his career, Hughes has been known by the nickname “Sparky” which he took from the comic of the same name. Hughes grew up supporting his hometown club, Wrexham. He was awarded an OBE in 2004. Hughes has two sons, Alex and Curtis, and a daughter, Xenna. Hughes wrote his autobiography in 1990 entitled Sparky – Barcelona, Bayern and Back.
Premier League: 1992–93, 1993–94
FA Cup: 1984–85, 1989–90, 1993–94
Football League Cup: 1991–92
FA Charity Shield: 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1990–91
UEFA Super Cup: 1991
FA Cup: 1996–97
Football League Cup: 1997–98
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1997–98
Football League Cup: 2001–02
Football League First Division runner-up: 2000–01
PFA Young Player of the Year: 1984–85
PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 1988–89, 1990–91
Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 1990–91
Chelsea F.C. Player of the Year: 1996–97
Inducted into English Football Hall of Fame
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year: 2002
Hughes played for many big guns and guides his team to be a big guns. A complete team man and a passionate football observer. May you have a great prosperous life ahead Hughes ! Happy Birthday !