A former Premier League and English Football League player has signed for Mickleover Sports, but fans couldn’t help but remind the club of his past troubles.
That man is Lee Hughes, who as most known was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal crash on 23 November 2003. Following his release from prison in 2007, he returned to the professional game with Oldham Athletic.
Welcome to Mickleover Sports , Lee Hughes https://t.co/txDdSv9cte
— Mickleover Sports FC (@MickleoverSFC) August 29, 2019
He has also played for Kidderminster, West Brom, Coventry, Blackpool, Notts County, Port Vale, Forest Green, Ilkeston, Worcester City, Telford and Halesowen.
In his playing career, the now 43 year old has played 737 matches and scored 352 from as high as the Premier League to as far down as the Midlands League Premier Division.
During his time in prison, he played in the Staffordshire County Senior League for the prison football team. He also helped to organise a charity football match which raised £5,000 for a children’s hospice. He was released in August 2007, three years into his six-year sentence.
His style of play is described by former Notts County coach Dave Kevan as a “fantastic finisher… a clever player whose movement is good, whose intelligence is good, who uses his body well and who uses his strength well… he plays with his brain and he’s adapted his game as he has got older… he’s also clever enough to create opportunities for others”.
Others claims he’s a “natural goalscoring instinct” and Hughes himself said “I always fancy myself to stick the ball in the back of the net if I get a chance”. He also has a well known dancing celebration which mocks his friends bad dance moves.
Conference runner-up: 1996–97
Football League First Division runner-up: 2003–04
EFL League Two: 2009–10
League Two third-place promotion: 2012–13
After reading the announcement of Lee Hughes’ signing at Mickleover Sports, fans took to give their reaction, some impressed and others labelled him murderer – see those tweets on the next page.
(stadium photo credit for the article by Aimee Jackson aimee.jackson3 on Instagram)