Gallery: Mark Hughes's playing career

By SFC Media Thu 15 Mar Mark Hughes

From Manchester back to Saints via Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Everton and Blackburn Rovers. Take a look back at the celebrated playing career of new Saints manager Mark Hughes in photos.

The tireless centre-forward lifted two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two European Cup Winners' Cups as a player.

Spells with Barcelona and Bayern Munich fell between an-era defining career as a Manchester United hero. Hughes became the first United player to be voted PFA Player of the Year in 1989, before silverware began to flow at Old Trafford.

In the early 90s, Hughes picked up four domestic trophies before scoring both goals in the 1991 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against former club Barca.

The Welshman hit 116 goals in his second spell at Old Trafford, taking his United total to 163 in 467 appearances, before leaving a legend, for Chelsea, in 1995.

Already in his 30s, age was no barrier for Hughes, who became a key man at Stamford Bridge and enhanced his reputation as a serial winner.

By winning the FA Cup again in 1997, he became only the fourth player in the 20th century to lift the trophy on four occasions adding a League Cup and second Cup Winners' Cup success to his name.

Aged 34, he would begin a relationship with Saints that has come full circle 20 years later. Hughes’s experience helped preserve Southampton’s Premier League status then as a midfielder.

Hughes left the south coast for Merseyside to join Everton in 2000, before finishing his playing career at Blackburn, where he signed off a glittering career with more success – promotion from Division One in 2001 and another League Cup, the last major trophy of his career, in 2002.

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