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Introduction Issue 1 Introducing our chairman
Tommy Hutchinson has been on the committee of the LDSA for the past 15 years, the last
7 of these as Vice Chairman. In November 2019 he finally took over the role of chairman.
In this short space of time he has already overseen a new LDSA website, a new online payment system, making payments a lot more easier for our membership and he is very much looking forward to the first ever and long awaited LDSA magazine and the fact that you are reading this means that it has been achieved.
But who is Tommy Hutchinson?
Tommy was born and bred in one of Liverpool’s toughest and most well- known neighbourhoods, Scotland Road. Many a famous face has come from this area of Liverpool, Cilla Black singer and tv personality, Tom Baker of Dr Who fame, Holly Johnson from Frankie goes to Hollywood and the very talented McGann brothers who have starred in many tv dramas and shows.
Tommy has supported Liverpool FC
for the past 62 years, although most
of his mates supported Everton FC luckily for Tom his dad was a red, so there was only ever going to be one team for him to follow and that team was to be Liverpool Football Club and so began a lifelong love affair that continues to this very day and every time LFC are at home you will find Tom in his spec on the wheelchair tribune in the new main stand at Anfield.
Tommy started his LFC journey in the famous boy’s pen at Anfield, and he would also on occasions brave the climb over the railings into the Kop to find his dad, they say you got your education in boy’s pen and only those brave souls who ventured in there can truly describe the experience, having done it myself it certainly wasn’t for the faint hearted! Tommy is also well travelled with Liverpool FC, attending many domestic away fixtures but he was also lucky
Tommy presenting Virgil Van Dijk with LDSA player of the year trophy
to witness LFC lift the European Cup in Rome and Paris, the UEFA cup in Dortmund and he has been to many a cup final at Wembley and Paris.
A turning point in
Tom’s life occurred
in 2004
After having a bone infection in his leg Tom decided that his best course of action was to elect to have his
leg amputated to give him the best outlook for his future quality of life.
He had to make many changes to his life and learn to adapt to new situations but with a lot of support from his wife Mo and his 2 sons Tom was able to
find a way to cope with his new life.
Tom became a wheelchair user, and this now meant that he was able to attend the match with one of his sons who would accompany him has his carer. Starting off in the Anfield Rd end of the stadium and now in his new position in the new main stand.
Tom also does a lot of
work in the community
Once a week he operates a foodbank at All Saints church in
the Broadgreen area of Liverpool, starting out at 6am in the morning and staying there until everyone who is in need of help is catered for.
Tom also gives talks to 3rd year students from the University of Liverpool on dealing with life has an amputee and the obstacles that he has to overcome both mentally and physically. His talks are very well received by the students especially after he had his prosthetic
leg signed by Virgil Van Dijk and became an overnight twitter sensation!
The last few years of Tom’s life have certainly not been easy but throughout this period he has continued to do all that he can to benefit others which is in keeping with his character, a truly selfless man that continually puts others needs before those of his own.
Tom would like to take the opportunity to thank the previous chairman of the LDSA, David Higham for all of his hard work and commitment to the LDSA. Tom is very much looking forward
to developing the LDSA in his own
style in his period of chairmanship.
He wants to make the members the focus of all that he implements, he
truly believes that the LDSA exists to support disabled supporters of Liverpool Football Club and they should be at
the heart of everything that we do.
Tommy getting his prosthetic leg signed by Virgil Van Dijk.
He wants me to wish all members both new and old and also all supporters of Liverpool FC no matter where you are reading this in the world, the very best of health and happiness and welcomes everyone to join our LFC family at the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association.
Ted Morris, Secretary LDSA
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