Tommy HUTCHISON

Tommy Hutchison - Manchester City - His football career at Man City.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 09 January 1982

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 22 September 1947
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Cardenden, Scotland.
  • CLUBS
  • Coventry City
    • Club Career Dates
      1972-1980
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 14th October 1972 in a 3-2 win at home to Manchester City (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      312 League apps (+2 as sub), 24 goals
  • Manchester City
    • Club Career Dates
      1980-1982
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 25th October 1980 in a 2-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion (Aged: 33)
    • Club Career
      44 League apps (+2 as sub), 4 goals
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Tommy HUTCHISON - Manchester City - His football career at Man City.

Tommy Hutchison will be forever remembered in Manchester City and British footballing folklore as the player who scored at both ends in the FA Cup Final. Hutchison arrived at City in October 1980 towards the end of a well-travelled career that started out at Alloa Athletic in 1965 and included spells at Blackpool and Coventry City, encompassing 17 Scottish international caps and an appearance in the 1974 World Cup Finals. 'The Hutch' was an attacking right sided midfield player who combined a deft touch with a committed playing style that made him an instant favourite with the Maine road faithful. The first signing of John Bond's reign at City for £47, 500, Hutchison immediately helped to guide the Blues away from the relegation places.

 

He was the inspiration behind City's unlikely 1981 FA Cup run that saw them dispatch Liverpool in the semi-final on their way to a Wembley date with Tottenham Hotspur. Whilst Hutchison lacked the pace and instincts to score on a regular basis for City, he used his elusive dribbling and accurate crossing to good effect to lay on a succession of goals for the City strike pairing of Dennis Tueart and Kevin Reeves. The exception was to come in the 1981 Final which Hutchison began in heroic fashion by putting City into a 1-0 lead with a memorable diving header. However, disaster was to strike as minutes later Tommy deflected a Glenn Hoddle free-kick into his own net to set the stage for Ricky Villa's heroics in the replay. Hutchison played another full season for City before being released to Bulova of Hong Kong in the close season of 1982. He played a total of 57 competitive games in his 2 seasons at Maine Road, scoring 5 goals.

 

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    22    (0)
1983–1985    Burnley    92    (4)
1985–1991    Swansea City    178    (9)
1991–1994    Merthyr Tydfil    73    (2)