Sparky scored a cracker

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Reading through the recent Stapleton (just slightly before my time) thread just got me thinking about Mark Hughes. He was never hugely prolific but a lot of his goals were very memorable. My favorite moment was the one below and the story is this. I was watching the game at relatives house but had to leave with my parents ( who had no interest in football ) for the long trip home , with us 1-0 down. We stopped for an ice cream at a little shop outside Bangor, Co Down. I was waiting fo my 99 when 2 lads in the shop started talking about the game. Dying to know what happened, i eavedropped and heards the immortal words 'Sparky scored a cracker' in the local accent, I can still hear those words to this day. Weirdly my favorite goal, and I never even seen it live!

What's are your favorite Sparky moments?

 

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Well ye that's the first one that comes to mind

Then weirdly I still fondly remember the outstanding bicycle kick he scored when we got thrashed in the '89 derby
 
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One of my all time United favourite goals v Barca in 91. Brian Moore (and me) thought he’d took it too wide … not with Hughes :)


And a non United classic … I’m somewhere in that mass of fans on Wrexham’s Kop


And one for that shit club down the road at the age of 40+!

 

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Didn't he smash one so hard for Southampton at the Dell, hit it so hard it hit the advertising boards flew back out and wasn't given?

Edit: found it, denied an equaliser and a young Michael Bridges stole the show with a hat trick. 1.50 for his volley, lovely hit.

 
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Adore Sparky, such a wonderful player. Think he would be amazing in our current setup, great all-round game, workrate, hold up play - just a dream player to play with.
 

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One of my all time United favourite goals v Barca in 91. Brian Moore (and me) thought he’d took it too wide … not with Hughes :)

That goal is definitely under rated.

To smash it at that angle with your laces at full power and score is quite an art :lol:

Most would take a touch and try to side foot it safely at half the power.
 

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that FA goal is probably my favourite too, one of the goals I celebrated the most in the moment

also loved the one in the CWC final, when he went around the keeper my old man shouted "you twat".. because he thought he took it too wide
 

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Hughes scored a lot of the most important goals in my early years following United.

Fa Cup final equaliser versus Palace

Cup Winner Cup final goals


Oldham semi final equaliser in 94.


Guy is severely underrated in our history imo.
 

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The one vs Wednesday is nice.
 

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Well ye that's the first one that comes to mind

Then weirdly I still fondly remember the outstanding bicycle kick he scored when we got thrashed in the '89 derby
That's my favourite goal by Sparky. It properly softened the derby hammering for me.
 

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Loved him, but don't anymore.

I can just about accept the players that went their for a pay day when they were crap but Hughes was looking to build something with money. He wanted to challenge Sir Alex's dominance with a direct rival.

I can't accept that.
 

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As a player, loved him

always pretended I was him when I was younger, doing volleys as much as possible
 
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His strikes were so pure, don't think I've seen anyone since who could connect with a ball quite like sparky.
Also, Has to be one of the best volleyers of a ball in history.
 

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That's my favourite goal by Sparky. It properly softened the derby hammering for me.
I remember going round school saying it was quality over quantity and that goal was worth more than City's all put together :wenger:
 

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I was at the Oldham game in the original post, in the days when I couldn't go to matches often, so that's a huge one for me.

The Cup Winners' Cup run sticks with me, but enough people have mentioned the final that I won't go back over that. I also really liked his goal against Legia Warsaw away - we'd been one down, this was to take the lead. The control and holding off some (admittedly not great) defenders before he lashes it really sold it. Plus always love a shot that hits the inside of the post.

 
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I mainly remember him for thunder bastard volleys but he was such a good footballer. I randomly watched a 90 minute replay of the 1994 FA cup final against Chelsea on MUTV. Cantona played in that match and Sparky looked twice the player. His touch, passing and hold up play was incredible. Absolutely bullied all of their defenders. They couldn’t get near the ball. Almost made me weep thinking about our options as a striker right now.
 
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Reading through the recent Stapleton (just slightly before my time) thread just got me thinking about Mark Hughes. He was never hugely prolific but a lot of his goals were very memorable. My favorite moment was the one below and the story is this. I was watching the game at relatives house but had to leave with my parents ( who had no interest in football ) for the long trip home , with us 1-0 down. We stopped for an ice cream at a little shop outside Bangor, Co Down. I was waiting fo my 99 when 2 lads in the shop started talking about the game. Dying to know what happened, i eavedropped and heards the immortal words 'Sparky scored a cracker' in the local accent, I can still hear those words to this day. Weirdly my favorite goal, and I never even seen it live!

What's are your favorite Sparky moments?

This goal got me absolutely bollocked by by mum. I was eating my sunday dinner on my knee while watching the match. They'd had new carpets put down the week before. Hughes scored and I got so excited I jumped up and my sunday dinner went all over the floor and I got gravy and mash in the new carpet.
 

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I remember being at this game
0-2 down to the Scousers at home but Hughsie wasn't having it

Does anyone score diving headers anymore?

 

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The volley he scored in training when he was city manager was obscene. Just absolutely perfect technique.
 

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The goal he scored against Spain was ridiculous.
He was one of my all time favourites and winning the PFA award twice is testament to his contributions to Manchester United.
 

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Reading through the recent Stapleton (just slightly before my time) thread just got me thinking about Mark Hughes. He was never hugely prolific but a lot of his goals were very memorable. My favorite moment was the one below and the story is this. I was watching the game at relatives house but had to leave with my parents ( who had no interest in football ) for the long trip home , with us 1-0 down. We stopped for an ice cream at a little shop outside Bangor, Co Down. I was waiting fo my 99 when 2 lads in the shop started talking about the game. Dying to know what happened, i eavedropped and heards the immortal words 'Sparky scored a cracker' in the local accent, I can still hear those words to this day. Weirdly my favorite goal, and I never even seen it live!

What's are your favorite Sparky moments?

it's weird I've seen that so many times (including live) and always though the final ball in was from Lee Sharpe... it isn't, he played the earlier attempt at the same ball
 

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I remember being at this game
0-2 down to the Scousers at home but Hughsie wasn't having it

Does anyone score diving headers anymore?

Yeah, came to post these. The first one is a fecking beautifully clean touch. Like skimming a stone
 

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For United it's the Oldham one I had the boys from the football team phoning me taking the piss until he scored.

For Wales it has to be this.

 

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He was my favorite player back then. How a side with beasts like him, Robbo and Kevin Moran did not win the league is still something I cant understand.
 

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All the goals mentioned above were amazing. The Cup Winners my favourite.

Loved this guy but why oh why did he go and manage City... from hero to villain
 

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I loved Mark Hughes. He'd suit the modern game as he constantly chased down defenders and could easily play on his own against 2 centre backs. Absolute powerhouse, great at holding the ball up, and scored memorable goals when it really mattered. Legend.
 

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I'd have Sparky Hughes leading the line in my UTD all star team.That's how highly I rate him and that's saying something with the legends we've had at this amazing club of ours.
His finishing coupled with his desire and steel made him such a great for me.A true warrior you'd go to war with.
 
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Proper harsh of your parents not to let you watch end of the game, OP!
they really had zero interest in it and had to be somewhere i think, which is fair enough. Weirdly it added to the memory for me, not sure if i would have remembered it as clearly or fondly if i had stayed. Nothing better than slurping that 99 and thinking of Sparky's equalizer , good times !!
 

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The goal vs Barca in the CWC final. How he even scored is beyond me from that angle let alone break the bloody net with how hard he hit it.

The goal vs Oldham in the FA Cup Semi. To this day Id be guessing the scorers in the rout vs Oldham a few days later but that goal is iconic.
 
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