HAVING taken his team to the top of the table this week, Cirencester Town manager Brian Hughes is preparing to lead his players on a stag-do in Magaluf.
The manager, whose team were crowned champions of the Calor Division One South and West league at the weekend with a thrilling 3-1 win over Yate Town, will visit the party island ahead of his wedding to partner Claire Terrett on Saturday, May 17.
“It sounds awful that a 51-year-old man is going Magaluf for a stag party, doesn’t it?” laughed Brian.
“It started off as a club tour but then we decided that we should all go to the same place before I get married. I’m sure I’ll be able to find a quiet place to relax out there,” he said.
With the season almost over and automatic promotion to the Calor Southern Premier secured, Brian is now turning his attention to the wedding, which happens to fall on FA Cup Final day.
He said: “In a way I am glad that the season is over, I can get a little more involved in the wedding now. Claire has been organising most of it and she has been brilliant.”
Despite the wedding falling on one of the most important days in the football calendar, Brian told the Standard he will not be keeping an eye on the score.
“I have a strange relationship with football. When the season is over, I really like to get away from it all for a few weeks before all the work starts again,” he said.
Brian, who has been with bride-to-be Claire, 43, for seven years, said his passion for football has rubbed off on his future wife.
“She is a really big supporter of me and the club now. When we met Claire didn’t like football at all, now she never misses a game,” he said.
The pair will be married at All Hallows Church in South Cerney on Saturday, May 17 followed by a reception at Cirencester Town FC.
For more details on the Centurions’ game against Yate, turn to the back pages.