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Former Hutchie players take pro management by storm

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Hutchison Vale Football Club is one of the most successful teams in  South East Scotland, producing so much young talent with many former players involved in international teams now as well as managers. Currently there are 74 former Hutchie players who are playing professionally and 14 ex-players in management. The 11 first team coaches, managers and three assistant managers are spread mostly throughout Scotland and England with one even in the United States.

One full time manager is Gary Locke who has been appointed as the permanent manager of Kilmarnock, after being at Hearts since 2010 where he managed to get to the Scottish League Cup final in March 2013. He went to Lasswade Primary school located in Bonnyrigg where he played for Hutchison Vale before starting his professional career at Hearts in 1992 until 2009.

Another familiar name is Gary Caldwell who had a 14-year playing career, playing with Hibernian, Celtic and Wigan Athletic where he won the FA Cup after beating Manchester City in 2013. He also played a part in his national team, Scotland as well, racking up 55 caps and being added to the Scotland National Team Roll of Honour. He scored the only goal of the game in Scotland's famous 1-0 win over France in October 2006. After retiring in February 2015 he was appointed as Wigan Athletic in April this year and will lead the team in League One this season.

Celtic assistant manager, John Collins, is another name on the list of former Hutchie players. He had a very successful career playing for the likes of Hibs, Celtic (where he became their first million-pound player), Monaco, Everton and Fulham as well as playing for Scotland 58 times including Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. Collins played for Hutchison Vale between 1980 and 1984 where he was Captain for all four seasons before signing for Hibernian where he played for six years.

St Mirren’s new manager Ian Murray was born in Edinburgh and played for Hutchison Vale before joining Hibernian in 1999 which led to a 16-year career at Rangers, Norwich and Hibs. He was made managerr of St Mirren after the departure of Gary Teale. He formerly managed Dumbarton for three years until joining the Saints in May. 

Tommy Wright was a former winger for many different teams, of course starting at Hutchieson Vale before going to Leeds where he went on to many different teams. He made appearances for Oldham, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Bradford, St. Johnstone, Livingston and ending at Doncaster. Wright was the Assistant Manager for Oldham Athletic before following the former first Team Manager John Sheridan to Chesterfield where he was Assistant Manager until Sheridan was sacked and Wright was made the Caretaker Manager.

Hutchison Vale is a very good team and with all of their six teams in the 1st division of the SERYFA there could be many more players who go on to the professional game.


Full list of ex-Hutchison Vale players now in management:


Gary Caldwell, Wigan Athletic manager

John Hughes, Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager

Darren Dods, Brechin City manager

John Collins, Celtic assistant manager

Mark Burchill, Livingston manager

Gary Locke, Kilmarnock manager

Ian Murray, St Mirren manager

Danny Lennon, Alloa Athletic manager

Colin Nish, Cowdenbeath player-manager

Gary Naysmith, East Fife manager

Brown Ferguson, Stenhousemuir manager

Tommy Wright, Oldham Athletic assistant manager

Lee Bullen, Sheffield Wednesday first team coach

Paul Telfer, Indy Eleven assistant manager



Daniel Dormer | YFS South East Region Journalist
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