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Norman Hughes: the hockey player who refused to move south from Wakefield

From the archive: Wakefield’s Norman Hughes made his name as a dynamic left-midfielder in the Great Britain side of the mid-80s. He has been at Wakefield for 50 years.

Norman, what brought you to this corner of West Yorkshire?

I didn’t start playing hockey till I was 16; I was a footballer till then. I joined Crewe Vagrants to work my way up to the first team, and then two guys from Calday Grange Grammar School, Geoff Poole and Peter Cross, put me in for England trials and then suggested to me that I had to move to a team that played at a better standard and on a better pitch.

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This article was first published in 2014

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