New FC United of Wrexham boss David Hughes aims to carry on good work of his late dad

All change at FC United of Wrexham !

The two-year-old club will start the North East Wales Football League Championship 2022/23 season with a brand new management team.

David Hughes follows in his father Michael ‘Skippy’ Hughes’ footsteps by becoming manager and former Bellevue number 1 Stephen ‘Beefy’ Hughes will be his assistant.

David Hughes is the new manager of FC United of Wrexham. Picture: FAW

David, who has played for clubs such as Brickfield Rangers, Venture FC and Marchwiel United was a regular in the FC United of Wrexham squad last season.

He has decided to take up the opportunity to manage the fledgling club so he can continue the work his father started in FCUW’s debut campaign.

Michael Hughes, known as Skippy, was a pillar in the Wrexham community where he managed many sides within the Queen’s Park area.

He sadly passed away in November. Michael, who was a very talented striker in his younger days, once scored 9 goals in an adult league game.

Last season, Skippy became manager of FC United of Wrexham but following his unexpected passing, his son David has stepped up to the plate.

David wants to continue the legacy that his father started by giving players within the Wrexham community an opportunity to play football and hopefully take the club up the leagues.

This will be David’s first managerial role within Welsh football.

He will be joined by one of Skippy’s former players Stephen ‘Beefy’ Jones, who was outstanding for Bellevue last season as their number 1.

On becoming manager, David said: “It’s an honour to be able to continue the legacy that my dad started with my cousin and chairman Andrew Ruscoe. My dad loved football and he loved helping people to achieve their dreams and develop their talents.

“He was inspirational. He would regular spend time with players on the Whitegate and help them. To continue the work that he started is an honour and hopefully we can build the club up and take it to the heights that he wanted it to reach.”

FC United of Wrexham, who play their football at the Bronwen Green pitch in Brymbo, was founded in 2020 by Morgan Churchill, Tom Winsper and Andrew Ruscoe, who this season was Prestatyn Town’s first team manager for a spell.

He helped the Cymru North club rebuild itself in January from having just six players to develop a larger and highly-dedicated squad. The team went on to avoid relegation and remain at Tier 2 in the Welsh pyramid.

Now back at Bronwen Green, FC United chairman Ruscoe commented on the appointments, saying: “I am extremely pleased to announce David and Beefy as our new management team. David really wanted the job as it means a lot to him as he wants to continue what my uncle Michael started.

David has done amazing since taking over the team, where he has had to rebuild the whole squad after the previous manager took eight players with him in March before the deadline window.

“I am so proud of David doing this, I miss my uncle Michael a lot and with David doing this role it has brought us closer and I know David is going to do an excellent job. It’s only fitting David became manager.

“Hopefully David will continue the dreams my uncle Michael had for the club of one day having our own clubhouse, a flourishing youth section and playing at the highest level possible to us.”

Ruscoe further commented on the differences of running a football club at the lower levels of the Welsh footballing pyramid.

Andrew Ruscoe (left) during his time at Prestatyn Town. Pic By Alun Roberts/FAW

“Running a club such as FC United of Wrexham is extremely tough. Clubs at the higher ends of the scales are lucky as they are blessed with fans, ambitious players wanting to play for their clubs due to their leagues’ statuses, more willing volunteers wanting to help and costs being more easily covered in comparison to ourselves especially with more willing sponsors.

“Trying to attract funding, sponsors, volunteers, supporters and players to a club at the bottom end of the scale is really tough regardless of our vision and plans.

“Players at the lower ends have a lot more barriers stopping them playing due life commitments, sponsors are less willing to support the clubs’ visions, volunteers are hard to come by and trying to get funding is tough.

I have found it so much easier in the past attracting support to clubs like Brickfield and Prestatyn, but with FC United of Wrexham it’s extremely hard.

“Clubs like ourselves run on pure voluntary graft and it’s still expensive to run. A season at this level can easily cost £4,000 with things like referee costs, training costs, new kit costs, home pitch fees, kit washing, equipment costs, monetary fines and other costs.

“Trying to cover those costs is tough as players can’t always pay their fees to play for the club and with today’s rising costs across the board I can see it getting worse as sport isn’t seen as an essential even though it’s getting people physically active. Our club relies on donations, acts of kindness and the lads stepping up, but it’s not always achievable.

“That all being said David has a big job on his hands because managing at this level isn’t as simple as picking and choosing players because being a lower end of the pyramid club we have to chase players to play, chase players to pay their subs for ref bills and at times be the agony aunt, but we love it and so does David.

“The only expectation I give these lads is to create opportunities like the one that George Yarwood gained last season by joining Prestatyn Town and to make sure we see the season out.

If we were to win something then we would celebrate like we won the World Cup.”

Please help if you can………….

  • Clubs like FC United of Wrexham rely on donations, support from the community and sponsorship so if you would like to get involved or sponsor the club with their ambitions then drop Andrew Ruscoe a message on 07503 515057.
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