13 Facts About Tommy Hutchison


Thomas Hutchison was born on 22 September 1947 and is a Scottish former footballer who played as a midfielder.

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Tommy Hutchison made over 1,100 appearances, including 314 in the Football League alone for Coventry City, and more than 160 apiece in the competition for Blackpool and Swansea City, plus shorter spells in the United States and Hong Kong.

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Tommy Hutchison showed enough potential to attract the attention of larger clubs, and he joined Stan Mortensen's Blackpool in February 1968 for just over £10,000.

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When Bob Stokoe took over from Shannon in June 1971, he worked on Tommy Hutchison's crossing ability, believing it to be his only weak spot.

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Tommy Hutchison signed for the Midlands club, leaping at the chance to play in the First Division on a regular basis.

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Tommy Hutchison joined Manchester City for a fee of £47,000 in October 1980, becoming John Bond's first signing at Maine Road.

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Tommy Hutchison was not the first to do this — Bert Turner had done so in the 1946 final for Charlton and Derby, and Gary Mabbutt would do the same in the 1987 final for Coventry City and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Tommy Hutchison later played for Bulova of Hong Kong and Seattle Sounders before returning to the UK, re-joining John Bond at Burnley in 1983 and moving to Swansea City in 1985 to be managed by Bond at a third different club in his career.

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When Bond departed, Tommy Hutchison served as manager for six months after the club went into liquidation.

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Tommy Hutchison is in the record books as the oldest player to have played for Swansea City, playing against Southend United in March 1991 at the age of 43 years, five months and 19 days.

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In late-May and early-June 1984, Tommy Hutchison made three guest appearances for Manchester United on their summer tour of Australia, playing against Australia, Nottingham Forest and Juventus.

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Tommy Hutchison remained in South Wales until 2012, working as a Football Development Officer across the Severn Estuary for Bristol City, but moved back to live in Scotland.

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Tommy 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.

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