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keith h

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David Hutchinson
« on: Sat 23 May 2020 20:30 »
ITV this evening showed the 1989 division one as it was title decider, the final match of the season at Anfield which gave Arsenal the championship.
David Hutchinson was the referee who by then lived near Oxford but like me was Cambridge born and bread.  When I was (and always was) a junior referee I regularly ran the line in our senior local league and had the privilege of  running the line to David quite a few times just before he swiftly rose through the ranks. 
I have to say it was clear he was destined for great things and what a great chap he was too.  The best referee I ever lined to without a doubt

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« Reply #1 on: Wed 27 May 2020 09:49 »
I believe that David Hutchinson lived in one of the small villages close to Abingdon, which is six or seven miles to the south of Oxford. He had not lived in this area for long at the time of the May 1989 game to which you refer. He was certainly a long established FL referee when he moved to Oxfordshire.

David lived in the area known locally as "North Berkshire". This was a collection of towns and villages including Abingdon, Didcot, Wantage, Wallingford and Faringdon that moved for administrative purposes from Berkshire to Oxfordshire in the local government re-organisation of 1974. Of course, county FAs continued to use the historic boundaries, so David would have been registered with the Berks and Bucks FA. At least in part, that might explain why I never had the pleasure of meeting him, despite living just a few miles down the road. 

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« Reply #2 on: Wed 27 May 2020 11:01 »
David lived in Marcham, two miles west of Abingdon

If that had been used by the F.L., instead of Abingdon ,the commentators could have had as much fun with a sending off (march them) of his as they did with a Ray Lewis (great, book them) caution instead of the more well known nearby Leatherhead

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« Reply #3 on: Tue 02 Jun 2020 17:24 »
David lived in Marcham, two miles west of Abingdon

If that had been used by the F.L., instead of Abingdon ,the commentators could have had as much fun with a sending off (march them) of his as they did with a Ray Lewis (great, book them) caution instead of the more well known nearby Leatherhead


Likewise, I am sure that the headline writers would have been on alert if we had a FL referee from the Bedfordshire village of Card-ington ; from the Manchester suburb of Walk-den ; or from the Cambridgeshire town of March !

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« Reply #4 on: Sat 03 Oct 2020 16:23 »
David was a superb referee and very underrated.
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Timbo

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« Reply #5 on: Tue 06 Oct 2020 17:34 »
David was a superb referee and very underrated.


I am not sure about the latter point. He was given the middle of probably the biggest single league game in English football history. You might mean that he was not high-profile, but I think that might have been down to David himself. Maybe it was related to his employment ? 

I agree that he was a superb referee, no doubt about that !     

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« Reply #6 on: Tue 06 Oct 2020 19:45 »
Interestingly the Liverpool v Arsenal title-decider was a one-off rearranged fixture, and David had been appointed to the original game. It was probably as well for David, the TV companies and the many people who watched the game live on TV that the game was rearranged. Nothing like it had happened before and nothing like it has been seen since, with only Man City v QPR 2012 approaching it for end-of-season excitement.

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« Reply #7 on: Tue 06 Oct 2020 22:08 »
Interestingly the Liverpool v Arsenal title-decider was a one-off rearranged fixture, and David had been appointed to the original game. It was probably as well for David, the TV companies and the many people who watched the game live on TV that the game was rearranged. Nothing like it had happened before and nothing like it has been seen since, with only Man City v QPR 2012 approaching it for end-of-season excitement.

Fans of Hereford and Brighton might disagree...

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« Reply #8 on: Tue 20 Oct 2020 09:54 »
He features a lot in interviews on that game as part of the excellent documentary "89" - which is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

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« Reply #9 on: Tue 20 Oct 2020 20:06 »
Interestingly the Liverpool v Arsenal title-decider was a one-off rearranged fixture, and David had been appointed to the original game. It was probably as well for David, the TV companies and the many people who watched the game live on TV that the game was rearranged. Nothing like it had happened before and nothing like it has been seen since, with only Man City v QPR 2012 approaching it for end-of-season excitement.

Fans of Hereford and Brighton might disagree...

For the neutrals like me of course. If not, I would add Sheffield Wednesday v Crystal Palace at the end of the 2009/10 season when I reappeared from behind the sofa as Mike Dean blew the final whistle and the Palace had got the point they needed to stay in the Championship and send Wednesday down to L1. Like the Liverpool v Arsenal game in 1989, it was played live on free-to-view TV, in this case BBC1.