Sunday 23 June 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
In the summer of 1995, Chelsea sought to bring in experienced players who had won trophies in an attempt to bring silverware to Stamford Bridge.
With two Barclays Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a UEFA Cup-Winners-Cup at Manchester United, Glenn Hoddle’s acquisition of Mark Hughes, 32, fitted the bill.
Although Hughes scored eight goals in 31 appearances in the 1995/96 Barclays Premier League season, the club laboured to 11th place. The appointment of Ruud Gullit as manager in 1996 and the arrival of Gianfranco Zola allowed Hughes to flourish as a foil to the Italian, and the Welshman was instrumental in steering Chelsea to the FA Cup and sixth position in the league.
The next season Hughes helped Chelsea add to their silverware with the League Cup and UEFA Cup-Winners Cup, with his late strike sealing Chelsea’s victory in the semi-final against Vicenza.
The Welshman left Stamford Bridge in the summer of 1998 to join Southampton having played 95 times in the Barclays Premier League for Chelsea, scoring 25 goals.