Hall of Fame: Jackie Hutton

Jackie Hutton was inducted to the John McCredy McAlery Hall of Fame in May 2019.

Manager of our famous Irish Cup winning side of 1979, the Bellshill-born boss was also the first person to guide a Reds team into Europe, qualifying for the historic Cup Winners’ Cup clashes with FC Nantes Atlantique just four months after that iconic Cup defeat of Portadown at Windsor Park.

Formerly a player with Wishaw Juniors, Hamilton Academical and St Mirren in his native Scotland, Hutton also featured for Scunthorpe United and Glentoran ahead of succeeding Brian Halliday as Cliftonville Manager, a post he held for three years before spells at the helm of Crusaders and the Ports.

Scorer of a single goal in 37 appearances for the Club, Hutton first took charge of the Reds for a League game with Ballymena United on April 17, 1976 and oversaw a total of 140 fixtures before departing in the aftermath of an Ulster Cup encounter with Portadown on September 8, 1979 – just 12 days prior to that continental clash with Nantes.

His significant contribution to one of the most celebrated eras in the history of Cliftonville FC can never be under-stated and Jackie remains a highly popular and much beloved figure in the story of Ireland’s Oldest Football Club.