It was deep regret that the club heard of the demise of one of our former players Derek Hughes,
He sadly passed away on 10th June, 2018 aged 77, the loving dad of Claire and Glenn, beloved grandad, great grandad, father in law and friend to many.
Born in Wrexham in 1940, Derek won three Welsh Boys Clubs caps while attending Victoria School in the town, before going on to the Technical College and working initially in the local pits, as an apprentice with the NCB.
He played local football for the likes of Victoria Youth Club, Rhostyllen Villa, Johnstown United and Druids United (where he won the Welsh Youth Cup in 1957). Which led to trials with Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Manchester United, before Cliff Lloyd signed him to Wrexham, initially as an amateur in July 1960 and then as a professional the following summer.
It was Ken Barnes who gave Derek his debut and, as it turned out, only senior game for the club, when naming him in the line-up to face Barrow at the Racecourse on 13 January 1962, taking over from Ron Barnes at outside-right.
At the end of the 1961/62 season, he was released and joined Bangor City in the Cheshire League, before playing with Oswestry Town, Pwllheli, Ellesmere Town, Llay Welfare, Overton, Buckley Town and Courtaulds FC.
Using his trade as a fitter, he worked for Fullwood & Bland (Ellesmere), Hawker Siddley, Vauhall Motors and Courtaulds on Deeside.
In more recent years, the Hightown resident worked for Hope House Hospice, while still following the fortunes of the Reds – being a faithful supporter of the club throughout his life.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this very sad time.