BRYAN HUGHES says Wrexham legend Mickey Thomas has the full support of everyone at the club in his fight against cancer.

News broke last week that Thomas was battling the disease but the 64-year-old was at The Racecourse on Saturday to see new Reds’ boss Hughes’ first game in charge end in a 1-0 victory over Dagenham and Redbridge.

Hughes spoke with the 64-year-old Thomas before the match and offered his well-wishes.

“Mickey came and saw me before the game,” said Hughes.

“He came into my office and we had a chat. I wished him good luck myself in his recovery.

“It is a tough time for Mickey and his family but I just said we are all supporting him from a club point of view. He has got the support of the players, myself and the coaching team.

“He wished me well in the game, we obviously won so I would like to see him here more often.”

Hughes is also a former Wrexham player and he played a big part in Brian Flynn’s side reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1996-97, earning the midfielder a big money move to Birmingham City.

“I was a YTS player when Mickey was finishing his career here,” said Hughes. “He was such a character. He is a strong guy, he is very determined and hopefully he can keep that determination going forward.”

A Just Giving page to raise money for Thomas has already reached the £13,000 mark and Hughes added: “Mickey is a legend around these parts and it is great to see the reaction from the fans, raising that sort of money for him for his treatment.”

“We would like to wish him all the best.”

Thomas has vowed to beat stomach cancer after being diagnosed with the disease.

Hours before heading to Glan Clwyd Hospital for his bout of treatment, Thomas tweeted: “Hi everyone, today is the day I start my treatment and my fight back against the big C.

“I aim to beat this in 90 minutes with no extra time and penalties.

“I have been blown away by the love, kindness and support I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Thomas made his name at Wrexham where he came through the trainee ranks to win the Third Division Championship as well as the Welsh Cup in 1978.

He moved to Manchester United a year later in a £350,000 deal and the Mochdre-born midfielder, who won 51 caps for Wales, spent three years at United between 1978 and 1981, making over 100 appearances for the Red Devils.

He also played for Everton, Brighton, Stoke, Chelsea, West Brom, Derby, Shrewsbury and Leeds, as well as spending nine seasons with Wrexham across two spells.

Thomas famously scored the equaliser with a superb free-kick when Wrexham, then of the fourth tier, knocked out league champions Arsenal in the 1992 FA Cup third round.

He made his final appearance as a 38-year-old in 1993.

Thomas has worked in the media since retiring and is still a regular presence at United games.