Details for the much-anticipated John Hutchinson Testimonial Match have been locked in for Saturday May 23 with kick-off scheduled for 6:00pm at Pluim Park, Lisarow. Tickets are ON SALE NOW!
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.
A testimonial match is a traditional way for a football club to say thank you to an outgoing member of the squad who has featured for 10 years or more and there isn’t a more fitting player in the Hyundai A-League than Hutchinson to receive the league’s first Testimonial fixture.
Hutch was chuffed.
"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 www.ccmariners.com.au 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.
The match has been proudly supported by Central Coast Football who have gone to great lengths to ensure that fans and members are given an experience that is as affordable and family friendly as possible.
Stay tuned on the Central Coast Mariners Facebook page and www.ccmariners.com.au next week for the unveiling of Hutch’s squad.
Saturday May 23, 2015
Match: Hutch’s XI vs. Central Coast Mariners
TICKETS CLICK HERE: http://bit.ly/1OJlwzt
Venue: Pluim Park, Lisarow
Twitter: Join the match conversation using #HutchTestimonial #CCMFC
Ticket prices (plus fees)
- Adult: $10
- Junior: $5
Premium viewing experiences are available online from 7:00pm or by calling CCM HQ on 4353 7200