IAN HUTCHINSON

Ian Hutchinson

Ian Hutchinson was an integral member of the great 1970 FA Cup-winning side that finally ended Chelsea's hoodoo in the competition, defeating Leeds United in a replay at Old Trafford following a 2-2 draw at Wembley.

Signed just before his 20th birthday from non-league Cambridge United for £2,500 (which doubled to £5,000 after 12 first team appearances), Hutchinson's physique and height proved the perfect foil for strike partner Peter Osgood's finesse and guile.

A powerful, brave forward, Hutchinson adapted to the rigours of life in the First Division quickly, scoring 16 goals in only 26 appearances in his first season at the club. Renowned for his long-throw as much as his heading ability, Hutchinson combined these two attributes to devastating effect in the 1970 FA Cup Final.

In the first game, on a muddy Wembley pitch, Hutchinson set up Peter Houseman for Chelsea's first equaliser, before scoring himself with a flying header four minutes from time to level the game at 2-2 and force a replay at Old Trafford. There, with the game locked at 1-1 in extra time, a huge Hutchinson throw wreaked havoc in the Leeds box and David Webb scored from close range - Chelsea had won the FA Cup for the very first time.

Hutchinson's Chelsea career never reached those heights again as injury took its toll on the striker, who retired six years later at the age of 27. In all he made 144 appearances for the Blues and scored 58 goals. He died following a long illness in September 2002.


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