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Duncan Hutchison
Date & Place of Birth: 3rd March 1904, Kelty
Date Signed: 5th July 1927
Previous Clubs: Dunfermline Athletic
Position: Centre Forward
Debut: 13th August 1927 v Bathgate
First Goal: 13th August 1927 v Bathgate
Last Appearance: 29th April 1939 v Stenhousemuir
Total Appearances: 215
Total Goals Scored: 122
Later Clubs: Newcastle United, Derby County, Hull City
Inducted to Hall of Fame: January 2011


Manager Jimmy Brownlie signed Duncan Hutchison from Dunfermline Athletic in the summer of 1927. The player made an instant impact at United, scoring on his debut against Bathgate in a Scottish League Second Division match on 13th August 1927. ‘Hurricane Hutch’ as he soon became known, was a centre forward with a good eye for goal and began to rack up goals at a remarkable rate. With a total of 32 league and cup goals, including hat-tricks against Arthurlie and Third Lanark he was United’s top scorer in 1927-28, helping the Club to a sixth place finish.

In the next campaign he topped the scoring charts again with another 35 goals, including hat-tricks against Arbroath and Stenhousemuir and four goals in one match against Albion Rovers. He also scored three against Bathgate in a league match but those counters were expunged from the records along with the 4-0 win for United after the West Lothian side resigned from the Scottish League. There was intense speculation surrounding the possible departure of the player during that year, and indeed an offer from Liverpool was rejected. Duncan stating that he preferred to stay at Tannadice. He continued to find the net and played a big part in the side which won the Second Division title and promotion.

He was on top form when the 1929-30 First Division campaign got under way, but just three games and three goals into the campaign he was transferred to Newcastle United for around £4,000. There was little United could do but accept what was then a huge fee and ‘Hurricane Hutch’ decided the time was right to try his luck on a bigger stage. By the end of the campaign United were relegated again, and many fans reasoned that the loss of Duncan Hutchison was largely to blame.
He was with the Tyneside club for two years and then moved to Derby County and finally to Hull City before returning to United in June 1935. Transfer listed by Hull City, Brownlie quickly brought him back to United in a swap deal involving Bobby Yorke. By that time, Arthur Milne was the established centre forward, and Duncan took on the role of a supporting forward. However, he had lost little of his attacking prowess and netted 14 times in 34 appearances. Included in his haul that year was a hat-trick against East Stirlingshire in what was United’s record league win of 12-1. As a regular in the side he frequently played alongside his brother Dan and scored 16 times in each of the following two seasons with another hat-trick recorded against King’s Park.


1938-39 was his last full season as a player for United and after turning out once in the next campaign, before the leagues were abandoned, he left immediately after the outbreak of WW2. Without doubt, Duncan was one of the very best players United had during the Brownlie era and although his time is long past, his remarkable scoring record and affection for the Club ensure his high regard amongst modern day fans. When his playing days were over he opened the well-known United Bar in Dundee and was invited to join the Board at Dundee United in 1953. In 1963 Duncan became Chairman and although he held the post just a brief spell, he remained a Director until his death in 1973.
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