David Hutchinson

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David Hutchinson
Years League Role
Football League Referee

David Hutchinson is a former English football referee who served on the list from 1978 to 1990. Arguably the most notable match refereed by Hutchinson was the last game of the 1988-89 season between Arsenal and Liverpool, one of the most famous games in the history of English football.[1][2]

He also was the referee for the infamous FA Cup Quarter Final between Luton and Millwall in 1985.


Retired Police Sergeant Cambridgeshire and also Harrogate.[3]

Liverpool v Arsenal[edit]

Hutchinson was in charge of the final match of the 1988-89 season, a game Arsenal needed to win by two clear goals in order to beat Liverpool to the league title. Hutchinson's most notable involvement occurred early in the second half, when he was confronted by the Liverpool players angrily protesting that Arsenal's first goal, a header by Alan Smith, should have been disallowed. Hutchinson consulted with his linesman to confirm he had made the correct decision in awarding the goal. The linesman confirmed this and thus the goals stood.

Hutchinson commented that he couldn't understand why the Liverpool players were protesting nor why their protests were so strong. Liverpool player Ray Houghton later admitted that none of the Liverpool players really knew what they were protesting about and they were just taken aback that they had conceded the goal.[1]