Hola! In the concluding part of our interview, Don Hutchison brings the trauma of a relegation dogfight vividly to life, and tells how survival caused a grown man to weep – this time the late, great Howard Kendall. Don also speaks about how the mind games of another Everton manager, Walter Smith, brought out the best in him. Enjoy.
Hola! I recently met with Don Hutchison, a miner’s son from Gateshead whose loyalties lay north of the border. In the first part of this fascinating interview, Don describes how his formative years playing in the local church hall led to a contract with Hartlepool and soon Liverpool. Don talks about his midfield heroes, including Jan Molby and Patrick Vieria, and how he played without fear and with 360-degree vision. The episodes ends with Don describing scoring the winner for Scotland against England at Wembley, a moment that reduced his tough father to tears. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
A year ago I interviewed Kevin Kilbane, a man whose insight as a pundit mirrors his intelligence as a footballer. In our second episode, Kevin describes playing with a golden generation of Irish talent, qualifying for the 2002 World Cup… and the infamous bust-up between boss Mick McCarthy and talisman Roy Keane.
A year ago I interviewed Kevin Kilbane, a man whose insight as a pundit mirrors his intelligence as a footballer. Born in Preston, Kevin describes his humble background and the no-holds-barred football upbringing on the streets of that town, and his journey from there to the high of being selected for the Republic of Ireland.
Back in the summer of 2015 we visited Chris Waddle, the man I refer to as England’s Zidane. The encounter was one of the original Big Interviews, and remains one of the best. Chris spoke about being bullied at Newcastle, the art of the step over and making a big hit at Marseilles.