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Wednesday 26 February 2014

On this day in 1998: Everton bring Hutchison back to Merseyside

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the former Liverpool midfielder joining Everton

  • Former Liverpool man Don Hutchison became a key figure in Howard Kendall's side

  • Hutchison made 75 Barclays Premier League appearances in two years with the Toffees

  • He was also made Everton captain whenever Dave Watson did not play rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

26 February 1998: Don Hutchison seals Everton switch

Don Hutchison returned to the city of Liverpool and was reunited with manager Howard Kendall when he joined Everton from Championship side Sheffield United.

The 27-year-old had spent four seasons with Liverpool before moving to West Ham United and then the Blades, where he played under Kendall for the first time.

On signing for the Toffees he said: “It’s good to be back on Merseyside. I am really excited at being back in Liverpool and being given another chance at a massive club.

“I got on really well with Howard and Inchy [Adrian Heath, Kendall's assistant] so it is nice to be involved with them again. I still have got a few friends over the road at Liverpool but obviously I will not be able to talk to them any more!”

Hutchison made his debut in a goalless draw with Newcastle United and was a regular for the rest of the season and throughout the next two, in central midfield or defence.

Walter Smith replaced Kendall at Everton in August 1998 and made Hutchison his captain when Dave Watson was not playing. Hutchison also made his competitive Scotland international debut while with the Toffees, as a substitute in a Euro 2000 qualifier against  the Czech Republic in March 1999.

After just more than two years at Goodison Park and 75 appearances in the Barclays Premier League for Everton, Hutchison left the club to return to his native north-east and joined Sunderland in July 2001.

The former Hartlepool United trainee went on to have a second spell with West Ham before moving on to Millwall and Coventry City. He finished his career at Luton Town.

He now works as a pundit for Premier League TV.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when midfielder Don Hutchison, once of Liverpool, joined their Merseyside rivals Everton from Sheffield Utd