Peter Hutton (footballer)

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Peter Hutton
Peter Hutton after rising to head the ball during Derry City's 2006 UEFA Cup tie against IFK Göteborg at the Brandywell
Personal information
Full name Peter Hutton
Date of birth (1973-03-02) 2 March 1973 (age 42)
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Derry City (Manager)
Youth career
Oxford United Stars
1989–1990 Bradford City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Derry City 192 (30)
1998 Portadown 25 (2)
1998–2001 Derry City 92 (3)
2001–2002 Shelbourne 32 (3)
2002–2009 Derry City 216 (13)
2010–2011 Cliftonville 39 (3)
2011–2013 Finn Harps 3 (0)
National team
1988-1989 Northern Ireland U16
2012 Irish League XI 1 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2013 Finn Harps
2014- Derry City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Hutton (born 2 March 1973 in Derry, Northern Ireland) is an Irish football coach and former player who is currently the manager of Derry City.


In his youth Hutton played with Oxford United Stars F.C. when they competed in the Derry and District League. He later played with Coleraine F.C., and at the age of 15, signed for Bradford City's youth training scheme. This saw Hutton move to Bradford for a number of summer months between seasons while still under contract with Coleraine. The contract was effectively one that would have seen Hutton tied to Bradford for his entire playing career. However, he was always very keen to play for Derry City and the task of getting out of his insidious contract with Bradford City began. The threat of legal action and the resulting adverse publicity resulted in the English club relenting and when his contract with Coleraine ran out, he signed for his home-town club, Derry City, in 1991. He made his League of Ireland debut for Derry on 17 March 1991.

He had trials with English clubs Tranmere Rovers and Port Vale. He played two summer tournament games for the Valiants in 1995, before returning to Derry.[1]

Hutton has also spent time at Portadown, signing for more than £40,000,[2] and a season at Shelbourne between his long-term spells at Derry City. He won the League Championship with the latter in 2001–02 and returned to his hometown soon after. By November 2006, Hutton had made his 300th appearance as team-captain after a 1–0 League of Ireland final-night win over Cork City in the Brandywell. As of April 2008, Hutton had represented Derry on a total of 600 occasions, holding the record for the highest number of appearances for the club ever.[3]

"Pizza",[3] as he is affectionately known to fans, has also managed Derry twice as caretaker – in 2004 for a short period in the aftermath of Gavin Dykes' departure and prior to the appointment of Stephen Kenny, and in 2007 succeeding Pat Fenlon.

In early December 2006, Hutton revealed his admiration for his former manager, Stephen Kenny, comparing his ability to that of Martin O'Neill's.[3]

The defender was nominated for the eircom / Soccer Writers Association of Ireland (SWAI) 'Personality of the Year' award after his fine displays during the 2006 season which included scoring in Derry's FAI Cup success [1].

He was released after the 2009 season [2]. Hutton signed for Cliftonville in December 2009 [3].

His father also Peter played for Finn Harps in the 1970s winning the FAI Cup but was suspended for 5 years in 1978 which was later reduced in a FIFA amnesty [4].

Management career[edit]

On 3 May 2011 Hutton took over the management of League of Ireland First Division club Finn Harps along with former Northern Ireland international and fellow former Derry City player Felix Healy. Hutton was declared as the new manager while Healy took on the role of Director of Football at the club.[4]

He went back to Derry City in November 2013, as an assistant to Roddy Collins.[5]



Derry City




  1. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 148. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Healy has high hopes for new-look Derry outfit Noel Spillane. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Pizza' reaches 600 mark for "Candy Stripes" Derry Journal Online, 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  4. ^ Harps appoint new management duo
  5. ^ "Collins confirmed as new Derry City boss". 20 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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Preceded by
Gavin Dykes
Derry City F.C. manager
Succeeded by
Stephen Kenny
Preceded by
Pat Fenlon
Derry City F.C. manager
Succeeded by
John Robertson