Colin Hutton

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Colin Hutton
Personal information
BornMay 1926 (1926)
Prescot district, England
Died (aged 90)
Playing information
PositionFullback, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–51 Widnes 131 16 167
1951–57 Hull F.C. 262
Total 393 16 167 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1957–70 Hull Kingston Rovers
Years Team Gms W D L W%
≤1962–≥68 Great Britain

Colin C. Hutton (May 1926[1] – 3 February 2017) born in Prescot, Lancashire (now Merseyside), was an English rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 1950s, and coach of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He played at club level for Widnes, and Hull F.C., as a fullback, or centre, and coached at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Hull Kingston Rovers, he was the Rugby Football League President for 1992–1993,[2] and was the President of Hull Kingston Rovers up to his death.[3]

Playing career[edit]


Hutton joined Widnes in 1945 and remained with the club until 1951, during this period he made 131 appearances scoring 16 tries and kicking 167 goals.

During the period 1947–1949 Hutton was missing from the club due to National Service. Hutton was a Lance corporal in the Royal Engineers, and served near the Suez Canal at RAF Fayid, near Ismaïlia, Egypt from 1947 until 1949, during which time he played at representative level for the army in Egypt at rugby union[4] as the British armed forces did not at this time support rugby league as an organised sport.[5]

In his first season with the Chemics Hutton played at Centre and kicked two conversions in a 7-3 victory over Wigan in the 1945 Lancashire Cup Final at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 27 October 1945.

On his return from National Service Hutton resumed his playing career and played in the 1950 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in Widnes' 0–19 defeat by Warrington.[6]

Hull F.C.[edit]

In 1951 Hutton moved to Hull F.C. where he played for a further six years before retiring from his playing career in 1957. He made over 250 appearance for the club including scoring the winning penalty kick in Hull F.C.'s 10–9 victory over Halifax in the Rugby Football League Championship Final during the 1955–56 season at Maine Road, Manchester on Saturday 12 May 1956.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

Hull Kingston Rovers[edit]

After retiring from playing, Hutton crossed Hull to become coach at rivals Hull Kingston Rovers, a position he held until May 1970 by which time he had coach Rovers in 534 matches.[8] Included in this total were victory over Huddersfield in the Eastern Division Championship Final at Headingley during the 1961–62 season; two winning finals of the Yorkshire Cup, the first a 25–12 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1966, and the following year an 8–7 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1967 competition, one Yorkshire Cup Final defeat, 2-12 to Hunslet in the 1962 Yorkshire Cup, and a Challenge Cup Final defeat in the 1964 Challenge Cup losing 5–13 to Widnes at Wembley.

Great Britain[edit]

Along with Bill Fallowfield, Hutton was the Great Britain coach for the victorious 1962 Ashes series where Britain beat Australia 2–1 in the three match series and the 1968 Rugby League World Cup where Great Britain finished third, losing two of their three matches.[8]

Later life and death[edit]

After coaching Hull KR Hutton served in various roles for the club eventually becoming chairman and from 1997 until his death, President of the club. Away from Hull KR he was a member of the sports governing body, the Rugby League Council, and was a life vice-president of the Rugby Football League having also being chairman.[9]

Hutton was recognised by the City of Hull by being made a Freedom of the City in 2013 and by Hull KR who renamed the north stand at their Craven Park ground after him in the same year.[9][10]

Hutton holds a unique record as being the only person to attend Challenge Cup finals at Wembley as player, coach, club director, club chairman, club president and chairman of the governing body.[8]

Hutton died on 3 February 2017, aged 90, two days before the start of the 2017 Championship season.[7]

Genealogical information[edit]

Hutton's marriage to Marjorie (née Ellison) was registered during second ¼ 1950 in Prescot district.[11] They have a daughter; Susan J. Hutton (birth registered during fourth ¼ 1957 (age 60–61) in Hull district).


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Past RFL Presidents". 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Colin Hutton". Hull KR. 31 December 2016. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Widnes rugby stalwart Colin Hutton does aged 90". Wire FM. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  5. ^ Collins, Tony (2006). Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain: A Social and Cultural History. Routledge. p. 83. ISBN 978-0415396158.
  6. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Hull KR planning tribute to club icon Colin Hutton, 90". Yorkshire Post. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Former player, coach and Hull KR club president Colin Hutton dies". ITV News. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Colin Hutton 1926-2017". Hull Kingston Rovers. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Hull KR and FC legend Colin Hutton given Freedom of Hull". Hull Daily Mail. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Marriage details at". 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.