He was even more surprised to hear that the young starlet, finding life at the top was not to his liking, wanted to come home.
‘We were living in a hotel and, as a reserve player, I was earning less than I had been at the Abbey Stadium,’ Hutchinson recalled later.
'So I approached Bill Leivers and asked if he would take me back. He said there would always be a place for me at the Abbey Stadium.’
But his big break in Chelsea’s first team wasn’t far away and, despite an awful succession of injuries that ended his career far too early, he became one of the Shed’s favourite adopted sons.
United and Chelsea fans alike mourned his premature death, at the age of 54, in 2002.
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