Don Hutchison
Don Hutchison

From Redheugh to Channel 5 pundit on Sport 24

After shining as a youngster at Redheugh Boys, Don went on to have a long career as a professional footballer playing for several teams across the country.

Don began his career as a trainee at Hartlepool where he impressed and was spotted by Kenny Dalglish who took the youngster to Liverpool where he played between 1990-94 before making the move to West Ham playing under Harry Redknapp where he scored on his debut in the Premier League. Don went on to play for a range of Premier League and Division 1 clubs including Everton, Sunderland and Millwall throughout his career.

Don has also made his mark on the international stage featuring 26 times for Scotland and scoring 6 international goals. Although he was born and raised in Gateshead he had a particularly strong relationship with his Scottish father which led him to play for Scotland. Don made his debut in a Euro 2000 qualifier against the Czech Republic before leading Scotland to a 1-0 win over Germany in Bremen in only his second international where he scored the only goal of the game. Perhaps his most unforgettable international goal was seen in a 1-0 win over England at Wembley in a Euro 2000 playoff in November 1999.

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