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Obituary: Jackie was the Reds' cup king

Published 22/05/2015

Jackie Hutton, a man who played a part in bringing success to both Cliftonville and Crusaders, has died at the age of 71.

A native of Glasgow, where he was born in 1944, it was in north Belfast that he enjoyed his finest moment, winning the Irish Cup with the Reds in 1979.

He then left a legacy after stepping down as manager of Crusaders that was to lead to the club winning two league titles in three seasons during the 1990s.

A talented player from an early age, Jackie played for Wishaw Juniors in his younger days before being picked up by Hamilton Academical.

After impressing there he got a move to Scunthorpe United, where he spent three seasons, playing the best football of his career.

He returned to Scotland to play for St Mirren before coming to Northern Ireland in the early 70s, with his Belfast-born wife, signing for Glentoran.

That was followed by a spell playing for Portadown, where he ended his playing days.

Jackie became manager of Cliftonville in the summer of 1976 at just 32-years-old and he is still revered by older fans of the club for the success he brought to Solitude.

He guided the Reds to Irish Cup glory after a famous 3-2 win over Portadown in 1979, ending a trophy drought that had dated back to the 1930s. He was also the first manager to take Cliftonville into Europe.

They won the County Antrim Shield that season too and only missed out on a trophy treble when they lost the Gold Cup final to the Ports.

He moved on to Portadown in the early 1980s and then took over at Crusaders.

He didn't win any major honours at Seaview, but he is remembered for bringing Roy Walker to the club as a player before handing him the managerial reins a few years later and he would go on to win the league in 1995 and 1997.

Jackie is survived by wife Elaine and children Kim, John and Leeann.


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