Robins’ ‘legend’ Hughes set to hang up his boots

North Shields Football Club has announced that due to long-standing knee issues and other work and family commitments, Kev Hughes is considering his retirement from football.

Thursday, 11th July 2019, 12:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th July 2019, 9:41 am
Kevin Hughes.

After joining the Robins from West Allotment Celtic, Kev has gone on to play a part in some of the more historic moments in the clubs history.

Not only did he captain us to victory over Glossop North End in the FA Vase Final at Wembley, he helped the club defeat Blyth Spartans in the 2016 Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Kevin said: “I’ve decided not to play this season as my spare time will be very limited moving forwards, as my wife is heavily pregnant and I’m starting a new role at a new school in September.

“I’d like to thank the the committee, management team, players and fans of past and present for making my time at North Shields Football Club very rewarding and enjoyable. Leading the club to win the second division, the FA Vase and the Northumberland Senior Cup were a huge honour.

“I wish the club every success for the future, and I’ll try my upmost to attend as many games as possible and support from the terraces.”

A statement from the club said: “A true legend on and off the pitch, Kev has been at the heart of the club going forward and his presence in the home changing room would be greatly missed.

“Everyone associated with the club would like to express their sincere thanks to Kev and whatever he decides to do, he will forever a North Shields legend and be welcome at NE29.”

North Shields Football Club have been drawn at home to fellow Northern League Division One side Guisborough Town in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.

Having fallen at the first hurdle last season away at Consett AFC, the Robins will this time be hoping, in front of a packed home crowd, that they can book their safe passage into the next round; with a trip to Seaham Red Star or Penrith awaiting the victor. The game will be played on August 10.

In the first round qualifying of the FA Vase, Robins have been drawn away to fellow Division One side Ryhope CW on August 31.