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Tommy Hutchison
Personal information
Full name Thomas Hutchison
Date of birth 22 September 1947 (1947-09-22) (age 62)
Place of birth Cardenden, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
000?–1965 Dundonald Bluebell
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1967 Alloa Athletic 68 (4)
1967–1972 Blackpool 165 (10)
1972–1981 Coventry City 314 (24)
1980 Seattle Sounders (loan) 25 (3)
1981–1982 Manchester City 46 (4)
1982–1983 Bulova ? (?)
1983–1985 Burnley 92 (4)
1985–1991 Swansea City 178 (9)
1991–1994 Merthyr Tydfil 73 (2)
National team
1973–1975 Scotland 17 (1)
Teams managed
1985–1986 Swansea City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas "Tommy" Hutchison (born 22 September 1947 in Cardenden, Fife) is a Scottish former footballer.

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Club career

Beginning his career with Alloa Athletic, he joined Stan Mortensen's Blackpool in February 1968 for just over £10,000. Almost immediately, he took the place of Graham Oates at outside-left, making his debut against Plymouth on March 30.

The Scot was brought in to bolster the Seasiders' flagging promotion drive, and out of the final nine games of the 1967-68 season, they won eight. Promotion was missed on the final day, but 'Hutch' had been impressive throughout.[1]

When Bob Stokoe took over as manager from Mortensen, he worked on Hutchison's crossing ability, believing it to be his only weak spot.

In 1972, Coventry City offered £140,000 cash plus Billy Rafferty for Hutchison's services. He signed for the Midlands club, and remained at Highfield Road for eight years, playing 355 games and scoring 30 goals. During his Time at Coventry he played probably the best football of his career, winning all of his 17 Scottish caps while at the club. Nicknamed "Mr Magic" by the club chairman, Derrick Robins, Tommy was an instant hit with the fans. He had mesmerising dribbling skills and would often destroy opposing full backs. Had he played for a more "fashionable team" there is little doubt that he would have won many more international caps and been more widely recognised for the wonderful player he was. His affection for the club he played most games for was demonsrated in his return to Highfield Road for Michael Gynn 's testimonial game in 2005. Leaving the pitch at half time of this game, having given a memorable virtuoso performance at the age of 59, thinking that he would not appear in the second half, Tommy knelt down and kissed the pitch.

Hutchison joined Manchester City for a fee of £47,000 in 1980. In May 1981, he scored for both sides in the FA Cup Final, as Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with Manchester City. He was not the first to do this — Bert Turner had done so in the 1946 final for Charlton and Derby.

Hutchison later played for Bulova of Hong Kong and Seattle Sounders (US) before returning to the UK, joining Burnley in 1983 and moving to Swansea City in 1985, serving as manager for six months after the club went into liquidation. He is in the record books as the oldest player to have played for Swansea, playing against Southend United in March 1991 at the age of 43 years, five months and 19 days. In late May and early June 1984, Hutchison made three guest appearances for Manchester United on their summer tour of Australia, playing against Australia, Nottingham Forest and Juventus. He then made another guest appearance for the club the following May, when he played in Peter Foley's testimonial against an Oxford United XI.

He left Swansea near the end of the 1990-91 season, and joined Merthyr Tydfil, where he spent another three years before finally retiring from the game in May 1994, at the age of 46, having played more than a thousand first-team games in his career.

Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame

Hutchison was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.[2] Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Hutchison is in the 1970s.[3]

International career

Capped 17 times for Scotland, Hutchison appeared at the 1974 World Cup.

He was surprisingly not selected for the 1978 World Cup, at a time when was at the peak of his form playing for top-flight Coventry City. His high-profile team-mate Ian Wallace was also not selected, even though they had proved a formidable strike partnership at the highest level. Many Scotland fans of a certain age have long-rued this decision, as Ally McLeod's team relied almost solely on Kenny Dalglish and Archie Gemmill in forward positions with only limited alternatives on the bench. It is generally considered that both Hutchison and Wallace's selection would have given Scotland a far better chance of progressing to the next round of the competition.

Retirement

On retiring from league football at the age of 43, he joined non-league Merthyr Tydfil. He still lives in south Wales and now works as a football development officer for Bristol City. A poll by the Coventry Evening Telegraph voted him the most popular Coventry player of the club's First Division era.

Honours

Blackpool

References

  1. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992, p. 98. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X
  2. ^ Singleton, Steve, ed (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. pp. 70-73. ISBN 9781845471828.  
  3. ^ "The Hall Of Fame - 1970's". Blackpool Supporters Association. http://www.bsaweb.info/HOF70.aspx. Retrieved 29 November 2009.  

Further reading

  • Calley, Roy (20 October 1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 187362607X.  
  • Singleton, Steve, ed (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. ISBN 9781845471828.  
  • Brown, Jim (2000). Coventry: An Illustrated History. Desert Island Books Ltd. ISBN 1874287368.  

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