This Sunday when the Busselton Magpies play the Harvey Bulls at Bovell Park head trainer Arthur Hutchins will celebrate an unprecedented 2000th game at the club.
Known to most as ‘Hutchy’ the much loved trainer has been a fixture at the football club for more than 40 years.
Busselton Football Club committee member Mike Adams said after serving an apprenticeship to his father Bill who held the position in the club’s heyday years of the 1960s, Arthur took over in 1972.
“Apart from 1992 when due to ill health he took a year’s sabbatical, he has missed only three match days in that time, an amazing feat,” he said.
“He is a life member of the club along with wife Edie and the South West Football League and is only one of three ‘Wall of Famers’ at the Magpies.”
Adams said it would be an impossible task to allocate the number of hours and mileage involved when training three nights a week plus many ‘after hours’ calls were considered.
“His work room is always available any night of the week and quite often when the younger players arrived late from work wife Edie would often serve them with a hearty meal,” he said.
Hutchins said his highlights were the 1978 and 1996 league premierships as well as having his sons play for the club.
“My wife’s been integral in the 39 years I’ve been doing it, she runs the kitchen as well out of the club,” he said.
Hutchins said he’d seen many good players come through but singled out four-time club champion Michael Miller and one-time club champion Steve Lewis.
“Steve Lewis played only one season for us in 1978 but he was the most dedicated player I’ve ever seen,” he said.
“He used to spend all Saturday thinking about how he was going to play on his opponent.
“In the ’78 grand final he played on a guy who was two foot taller than him and he didn’t let him get a kick, it was wonderful to watch.”
As for the Magpies premiership chances, Hutchins said all three grades were in with a good chance.
“It would really finish off my year.”
Presentations for Hutchins 2000th game will be held from 2.30pm and 7pm at the club rooms on Sunday.