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NEWS | Club saddened by former manager's passing

Mike Hughes passes away aged 78

21 December 2018

Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club is saddened to learn that former manager Mike Hughes has passed away aged 78.

The popular figure of Mike arrived at Huish Park during the 1968/69 season when he was appointed manager aged just 28 after a professional playing career with Cardiff City, Exeter City and Chesterfield.

Enjoying almost instant success, he missed out on guiding the Glovers out of the Southern League by a single point, before a season for the history books the following year.

Claiming the Southern League title for the third time in the club's history, Hughes also masterminded a run to the FA Cup Third Round where Town lined up against Arsenal in front of 14,500 at the old Huish ground. The club also reached the FA Trophy semi-finals. 

The manager behind signing some of the club's greatest ever players, Mike brought in Stuart Housley, John Clancy and Tony Clark as he assembled one of the best ever Town squads.

After three successful years in the job which yielded a win ratio of 55.84%, Mike moved to take the hot seat Torquay United, but his affiliation with Yeovil Town was not over.

In 1983, he returned as the club's General Manager and even took Caretaker charge of the first-team before also enjoying roles in the club shop and working with the local community on behalf of the green and whites.

Cherished as one of the club's greatest ever managers, all associated with YTFC would like to pass on their deepest condolences to Mike's family and friends. 


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