Atkinson, Hugh

Birth Date

8th November 1960

Birthplace

Dublin

Occupation

Midfielder

Biographical Text

A Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Atkinson was an apprentice with Wolverhampton Wanderers, prior to signing a full contract in November 1978.
He soon won a first team place and made 46 league appearances for Wolves, scoring three goals.

He joined what was then a struggling Exeter City team, managed by Gerry Francis, in October 1983 and made his debut in a 2-2 draw at Orient. There was much relief felt around St James’ Park when Atkinson scored in a 2-1 win over Hull City, the first home win of the season, but it had taken until 3rd December 1983 to achieve it. A month earlier Atkinson had been in talks with Port Vale over a possible free transfer move to the Potteries. He also had discussions about a move to Chesterfield in January 1984.

City were to finish rock bottom of the Third Division, and not surprisingly, with Francis having departed, a number of players moved on as well, including Atkinson who signed for York City in July 1984. Atkinson made seven league outings for the Minstermen, before moving to Darlington on loan in March 1985, where he featured in another seven league matches.

After leaving York at the end of the 1984-85 season, he returned to the West Midlands to sign for non-league side Harrisons.

Hugh joined Friar Lane Old Boys for the 1986-87 season, and then played a few matches for Gresley Rovers in 1987.

Appearances

28

Goals

1

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Mike Blackstone:

Hugh joined Friar Lane Old Boys for the 1986-87 season, and then played a few matches for Gresley Rovers in 1987. 

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