John Hutchinson (footballer)

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John Hutchinson
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Hutchinson playing for Central Coast Mariners in 2010
Personal information
Full name John Paul Hutchinson
Date of birth (1979-12-29) 29 December 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Morwell, Victoria, Australia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Left winger
Club information
Current team
Central Coast Mariners
Number 7
Youth career
1983–1996 Morwell Pegasus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2001 Eastern Pride 89 (7)
2001–2004 Northern Spirit 77 (12)
2004–2005 Manly United 25 (4)
2005– Central Coast Mariners 209 (18)
2011 Chengdu Blades (loan) 14 (3)
National team
2009–2011 Malta 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014
This article is about John Hutchinson the footballer. For the Canadian scientist, see John Hutchinson.

John Paul Hutchinson (born 29 December 1979) is a Maltese international footballer who plays as a central midfielder for and captains Central Coast Mariners in the Australian A-League.

Hutchinson was born in Morwell, Victoria and made his senior debut for Gippsland Falcons in the National Soccer League in 1997. Hutchinson went on to play for Northern Spirit and Manly United before joining Central Coast Mariners in 2005. Hutchinson is the all-time most capped Mariners player. He has also spent time on loan at Chinese club Chengdu Blades.

Hutchinson won 11 caps with the Maltese national team.

Early life[edit]

Hutchinson was born in Morwell, and played youth football from age three for Morwell Pegasus, going on to play for the side in the Gippsland Soccer League.[1] He has Maltese ancestry through one of his grandmothers.[2]

Club career[edit]

Gippsland Falcons (Eastern Pride)[edit]

Hutchinson is one of the most highly lauded prospects to emerge from the Gippsland Falcons youth setup. He joined the club after being scouted by former Socceroos and then-Falcons coach Frank Arok.[1] He made his National Soccer League debut for the club in February 1997, coming on as a substitute in a loss to Marconi-Fairfield.[3] On 2 January 2000 he scored his first league goal, the opener in a 1–1 draw with Adelaide Force.[4]

Despite the limited success of the final seasons of the Falcons (renamed Eastern Pride), Hutchinson received positive reviews for his performances for the club at a young age.[5]

Northern Spirit[edit]

In June 2001, Hutchinson moved to Sydney-based National Soccer League side Northern Spirit following the dissolution of Eastern Pride.[1][5]

Hutchinson was one of several players unpaid during the financial decline of the Spirit, and eventually was left clubless when the club folded in 2004.[6]

Manly United[edit]

Hutchinson next played for Manly United in the NSW Premier League, where he was club captain.[7]

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

Hutchinson made his competitive debut for the Mariners in qualifying competition for the 2005 OFC Club Championship, coming on at half-time against Newcastle Jets in a match the Mariners eventually won in a penalty shootout.[8] Hutchinson came on in the final minutes of the 2005 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup final against Perth Glory as the Mariners won their first ever piece of silverware in August 2005.[8] He was also a last-minute substitute in his A-League debut, again a 1–0 win over Perth in what was the second ever A-League match.[8] His first Mariners goal came in a 5–1 loss to Sydney FC on 5 November 2005.[9] Around this time, Hutchinson began to be used as a forward, a role which saw him score six goals from six games, including a brace against Newcastle Jets in the F3 derby.[10] Hutchinson's season ended prematurely after picking up an injury in a match against Sydney FC.[11]

Hutchinson came on in extra time in the 2006 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup final against Adelaide United and converted his penalty in the 5–4 loss in a penalty shoot-out.[12] Hutchinson's only goal of the 2006–07 season was the Mariners' first in the 2006–07 A-League, the opening goal in a 1-all draw with Newcastle Jets.[13]

After recovering from a knee injury, Hutchinson became a key player for the Central Coast Mariners, playing in central midfield with the likes of Mile Jedinak and Tom Pondeljak in Version 3 of the A-League. This form led him to be named one of the most influential players in the A-League.[14] On 28 October 2007, Hutchinson scored a double against Sydney FC, with two strikes off either foot from outside the box, but was unable to prevent the Mariners suffering a 3–2 loss.[15] The Mariners won the 2007–08 A-League Premiership,[16] and came within one game of the Championship, losing to the Jets in the 2008 A-League Grand Final, with Hutchinson playing a full match.[17]

Hutchinson played his 100th A-League match in August 2009 - a 1–1 draw against Newcastle Jets - becoming just the second Mariner to achieve this milestone after Alex Wilkinson.[18][19]

In 2011, Hutchinson was loaned to Chinese Super League side Chengdu Blades, under former Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna and alongside fellow Mariner Adam Kwasnik.[20] Hutchinson scored his first goal for the side in a 2-all draw with Changchun Yatai on 31 July 2011, having made his debut three weeks prior in a loss to Shandong Luneng.[21]

Hutchinson came on as a substitute for Mustafa Amini in the 2011 A-League Grand Final and scored a penalty in the shoot-out but it was not enough as the Mariners lost 4–2.[22]

Hutchinson was part of the Mariners side which won the 2011–12 A-League Premiership.[16]

Hutchinson has most recently played an important role in the strong A-League performance of the Central Coast Mariners over recent years and was named club captain after long-serving captain Alex Wilkinson departed the club before the 2012–2013 season.[23] He captained the side to its first ever A-League Championship, beating Western Sydney in the 2013 A-League Grand Final.[24]

Hutchinson played his 200th A-League match on 5 April 2014 - a loss away to Perth.[25]

The 2014–15 season is Hutchinson's tenth with the Mariners.[26] In November 2014, Hutchinson scored a goal in the 94th minute from outside the box to secure a 2-all draw for the Mariners with Melbourne City, breaking a run of four consecutive losses.[27]

He is currently the most capped Central Coast Mariners player, with over 200 appearances for the Gosford side.[28]

International career[edit]

Australia[edit]

Following a strong 2007–08 A-League season, Hutchinson was called up to a Socceroos training squad for A-League players by Pim Verbeek in early 2008.[29] He appeared for the side in a training match against the Olyroos, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 loss.[30]

Malta[edit]

Due to his Maltese descent (One-Quarter Maltese), he earned a call-up by coach Dušan Fitzel,[2][31] and he made his international debut for the Maltese national team in an exhibition match against the Czech Republic, where he was employed in centre midfield for the whole game.[32] On 10 June 2009, John Hutchinson played his first full competitive match for Malta in the 2010 World Cup qualifier loss to Sweden at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, facing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović.[33] Hutchinson's best result with the side came in a 1–1 draw at home against Georgia.[34] Hutchinson's opportunities to play at international level were at times limited by club commitments and the considerable travel involved in flying between Australia and Europe for games.[35] Hutchinson made eleven appearances for Malta.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Eastern Pride 1996–97 National Soccer League 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1997–98 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1998–99 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
1999–2000 31 2 0 0 0 0 31 2
2000–01 24 5 0 0 0 0 24 5
Pride total 89 7 0 0 0 0 89 7
Northern Spirit 2001–02 National Soccer League 21 3 0 0 0 0 21 3
2002–03 33 7 0 0 0 0 33 7
2003–04 23 2 0 0 0 0 23 2
Spirit total 77 12 0 0 0 0 77 12
Manly United 2004 NSW Super League 25 4 0 0 0 0 25 4
Central Coast Mariners 2005–06 A-League 17 6 4 0 0 0 21 6
2006–07 16 1 1 0 0 0 17 1
2007–08 22 3 4 0 0 0 26 3
2008–09 22 2 3 0 6 0 31 2
2009–10 23 3 0 0 0 0 23 3
2010–11 26 1 0 0 0 0 26 1
2011–12 22 0 0 0 6 0 28 0
2012–13 27 1 0 0 6 0 33 1
2013–14 27 0 0 0 6 0 33 0
2014–15 7 1 4 0 0 0 11 1
Mariners total 209 18 16 0 24 0 249 18
Chengdu Blades (loan) 2011 Chinese Super League 14 3 0 0 0 0 14 3
Total 414 44 16 0 24 0 454 44

International[edit]

Malta national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 4 0
2010 1 0
2011 6 0
Total 11 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Manly United
Central Coast Mariners[16]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Aussie Hutchinson gets Malta call-up
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  4. ^ "1999/2000 Season Round 14 Results". ozfootball. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Spirit signs six". The World Game. 13 June 2001. 
  6. ^ "Hutchinson recalls his darkest days". The World Game. 18 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mariners link with Manly Warringah". SportsAustralia.com. 11 December 2007. 
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  9. ^ "Petrovski hat-trick inspires Sydney victory". ABC. 5 November 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Dunkerley, Chris. "Central Coast Mariners v Newcstle United Jets". Ozfootball. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sydney, Mariners in 1-1 draw". ABC. 15 January 2006. 
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  13. ^ "Jets snatch a draw". SportsAustralia.com. 23 September 2006. 
  14. ^ A-League's most influential | The Daily Telegraph
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  17. ^ Clark, Alan. "Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle United Jets". Ozfootball. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Hutchinson joins the hundred club". Central Coast Mariners FC. 12 August 2009. 
  19. ^ "Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners draw 1–1 in F3 derby". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 14 August 2009. 
  20. ^ Busuttil, Antoine (4 July 2011). "John Hutchinson joins Chengdu Blades on short-term loan". Maltafootball.com. 
  21. ^ a b "Matches of J. Hutchinson". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Brisbane Claim Championship in Grand Final thriller". Brisbane Roar FC. 14 March 2011. 
  23. ^ LOYAL midfielder John Hutchinson has today been named Captain of the Central Coast Mariners. | Goal Weekly
  24. ^ Conway, Doug (21 April 2013). "Central Coast Mariners win their first A-League grand final beating Western Sydney Wanderers". Fox Sports (Australia). 
  25. ^ Washbourne, Michael (5 April 2014). "Perth Glory 3 – 1 Central Coast Mariners". Goal.com. 
  26. ^ Smithies, Tom (24 April 2014). "Why John Hutchinson is the glue that holds Central Coast Mariners together". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 
  27. ^ "Mariners' late comeback stuns Melbourne City". The World Game. 16 November 2014. 
  28. ^ ALeagueStats Player Appearances
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  30. ^ "Olyroos beat Socceroos 2–1". Football News. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  31. ^ Central Coast's John Hutchinson Called Up To Malta Squad | goal.com
  32. ^ Hutcho kept in Czech on Maltese debut
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  34. ^ "Malta vs. Georgia 1–1". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  35. ^ Azzopardi, Kevin (12 November 2010). "Hutchinson back in Malta's fold for tough Croatia clash". Times of Malta. 

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