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Mark Hughes

Wim­bledon 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Plough Lane, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion, Oct­ober 22, 1988. Man­chester Uni­ted had to settle for a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Wim­bledon at Plough Lane. Ma­rk Hug­hes pro­vided Uni­ted wi­th the lead mid­way thro­ugh the fir­st ha­lf be­fore Den­nis Wi­se head­ed ho­me an equal­iser for The Crazy Gang wi­th four­teen min­utes left.

Man­chester Uni­ted came in­to this Fir­st Di­vi­sion fix­ture on the back of a con­fid­ence-boost­ing 5-0 Lea­gue Cup Sec­ond Ro­und Sec­ond Leg vic­tory ag­ainst Fourth Di­vi­sion si­de Roth­er­ham Uni­ted at Old Traf­ford and were slight fa­vour­ites to be­at Wim­bledon. The Man­chester Reds took the ad­vant­age ag­ainst The Dons in the 23rd min­ute of the clash when Welsh in­ter­na­tion­al Ma­rk Hug­hes picked up an un­for­tu­nate goal-kick from Plough Lane cus­todi­an Hans Segers and fired the ball pa­st the hap­less shot stop­per and in­to the net. The So­uth West Lon­doners came more in­to the mat­ch af­ter the break and the hosts had their lev­el­ler on 76 min­utes as a cross from Alan Cork on the right fou­nd Den­nis Wi­se who nod­ded the ball pa­st the out­stretched left arm of Man­chester Uni­ted net­mind­er Jim Leigh­ton and in­to the goal. Wim­bledon Te­am: Hans Segers, An­drew Clem­ent, Ro­ger Joseph, Eric Young, John Scales, Ga­ry Brooke, Vin­nie Jones, Den­nis Wi­se, Rob­bie Turn­er, Law­rie San­chez, Alan Cork. Sub­stitutes: Keith Curle, Carlton Fair­weath­er. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Jim Leigh­ton, Billy Gar­ton, Mi­chael Dux­bury, Ste­ve Bru­ce, Clay­ton Black­more, Lee Sharpe, Gor­don Stra­chan, Bry­an Rob­son, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Ma­rk Hug­hes, Pe­ter Dav­en­port. Sub­stitutes: Rus­sell Beards­more, Ma­rk Robins.


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Af­ter re­join­ing Man­chester Uni­ted from La Liga gi­ants Bar­celona for a then club re­cord fee of £1.8 mil­lion at the end of the 1987-88 sea­son, Ma­rk Hug­hes ac­cu­mu­lated 83 top-flight goals dur­ing 256 ap­pear­ances for the Old Traf­ford te­am be­fore he left for Chel­sea at the be­gin­ning of the 1995-96 campaign.


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