DOB: 8 August 1989
Place of birth: Slough
Squad Number: 27
Sam is the son of Eddie Hutchinson, who also played for Chelsea’s youth team and carved out a career in non-League football.
He made his first team debut for Chelsea on 13 May 2007 in a Premier League encounter with Everton. He was then part of the first team pre-season visit to the United States that followed, ex-manager José Mourinho speaking about him as a future member of the Chelsea squad. However after just five reserve games in 2007/08, injury brought the season to a halt.Because of the continuous and prolonged knee injury which happened during the three seasons, Hutchinson decided to retire from football in August 2010 aged 21. In total in his career he made one starting appearance for Chelsea and three appearances as a substitute.Whilst not playing, Hutchinson worked at the club’s academy while also studying sports science at university. He also got the first of his coaching qualifications.
Hutchinson came out of retirement after recovering from his knee injury and played 45 minutes for the Chelsea reserves in a 6–1 loss to Crawley Town. On 3 October 2011, he played and captained his first whole match back in the Chelsea reserves in a 1–0 loss against Aston Villa. On 1 December 2011, he was awarded a one-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea following a “significant improvement” in his knee problem.
In December 2011, Sam secured a place in Chelsea’s Premier League squad.
Due to Sam’s short career so far, there are currently no recorded key moments but notably his biggest moment is coming out of retirement in 2011 after being forced to retire from a knee injury.
1999 – Current Chelsea
Hutchinson made his debut for the England under-18s in March 2007. On 14 November 2007, he was named England under-19 captain ahead of the friendly with Germany.
Quotes from Player
“I want to thank (academy manager) Neil Bath – he has been brilliant with me and I don’t think I would be here without him” – November 2011
“It is great news I have signed a contract” – November 2011
What the fans say…
“Full of Spirit, Bravery”
“Young, Versatile, Ambitious, Great Defender”
“Spirit, Bravery, Versatile, Determined, Potential”
27 Defender England Slough
By Clare Smith