BILL HUTCHISON was recruited from Westmeadows Football Club ( Victoria ) by the Essendon Bombers in 1942, and played 290 Games kicking 496 Goals until his retirement as a player at the end of the 1957 Season. He is acknowledged as one of the finest rovers ever and one of the greatest Australian Football Players in the history of the game. Football Cards for Hutchison and many Essendon Bombers players are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Hutchison displayed blistering pace over the ground, had exceptional agility in easily baulking around bigger opponents, and ran out every game in what seemed a tireless manner. His high levels of fitness, skilful anticipation and judgement, allowed Hutchison to find space regularly throughout a game, and when in attack, he was a very accurate Goal-Kicker. The Legendary Essendon Champion, Dick Reynolds stated that Bill Hutchison was the ” Greatest Essendon Player of all time “.
Almost every accolade was bestowed upon Hutchison during his lengthy career, and includes the following individual Honours and Awards; Essendon Club Leading Goalkicker in 1948, Essendon Best and Fairest Player Awards ( W.S. Crichton Medal ) in 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956, Member of Bombers Premiership sides in 1942, 1946, 1949 and 1950, Essendon Club Captain from 1951 to 1957, played 28 Finals Games for Essendon, selection in the Essendon Team of the Century, selection as a Victorian Representative in years 1945 through to 1954 and again in 1956 ( Captain in 1953 and 1956 ), selection as an All Australian in 1953 and 1956, Dual Winner of the Brownlow Medal in years 1952 and 1953, selection as an inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996 and confirmed as Legend Status.
Bill Hutchison was a dominating and inspirational player for the Bombers, despite being only 174 cm tall and lightly framed at 70kgs. His standing in the game is clearly demonstrated with his consistently high Brownlow Medal Voting performances which saw him finish as runner-up in 1955, third in both 1948 and 1951, as well as sixth in 1950. His record at Essendon includes 7 Best and Fairest Player Awards ( equal with Dick Reynolds ) , and he was runner-up in this awrd in both 1949 and 1954. At one point in his career he played 97 Games in succession, which is testament to his fitness and toughness.
“Hutchy” as he was affectionately known, always played the game in a scrupulously fair manner, and remained a very humble and modest man throughout his career. He was an ornament to the Game of Australian Rules Football and his early death in 1982, at the age of 59 Years, was a tragic loss for the Essendon Bombers and for the sport as a whole. Bill Hutchison was a finely tuned athlete who worked very hard at the skills of the game, his quality and class illuminated both on and off the field, and all of his attributes could clearly be followed as the blueprint for success. He was the Heart and Soul of the Essendon Bombers in his era.
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