Hutchinson testimonial match confirmed

Retiring Central Coast Mariners captain John Hutchinson will be honoured next month with a testimonial match, the club confirmed today.

The match has been locked in for Saturday May 23 with kick-off scheduled for 6:00pm at Pluim Park, Lisarow. 

Pluim Park has been the venue chosen by John Hutchinson and the Central Coast Mariners to provide the most intimate viewing experience, as well as catering for lower ticket prices and the chance to get up close and personal with ‘Hutch’ on the night. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. 

The Central Coast Mariners current squad will face off against a team that has been hand picked by Hutch himself that will be stacked with former Mariners players who are based domestically and abroad.

Mariners skipper John Hutchinson walks onto Central Coast Stadium for the final time.

"Yeah it's huge, I've been telling players they need to send me footage of them training," Hutchinson said. 

"I've spoken to some wonderful players who have played in the past, obviously some that can't be here due to commitments overseas but even to receive messages from them saying they would like to come and play, but they can't, makes you feel nice and feel like a part of their career.

"Hopefully people can come out and see some of their favourite former players.

"My wife helped me picked the team (laughs), I'd love to choose the whole 100 and something players I've played with. I'm going to let one name slip, Chris Doig is flying all the way from the UK to be here for my game and I actually told him he's on the bench.

"It means a lot to me, to be a part of this area and the local community has been fantastic and it's just another chance for me to say thank you to everyone. They get to see their past favourites like the Gumprechts of the world are going to be there and it's just going to be a great time." 

The squad will be announced next week on  but fans and members can be assured that there will be plenty of fan favourites – some returning to the pitch for the first time in years and others from current playing squads.

Match details
Saturday May 23, 2015

Match: Hutch’s XI vs. Central Coast Mariners 
Venue:  Pluim Park, Lisarow
Kick-off:  6:00pm
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