Continuing on with our player profile series, we chat to Durham City AFC captain and defender Ross Hutchinson, learning more about him outside of football. Ross joined Durham City AFC in November 2022 and has started in every match since, including the starting eleven. He has previously played for Crook Town AFC. At only 24, Ross is a mature and experienced presence on the pitch. Calm and composed he has been a key player for City since joining.
How did you get into football?
I've always loved football, but I started playing football when I was about seven. It was just in school at first, but then I started with the local youth team.
Who do you support?
I support Manchester United. But, my support and fill intentions are always with the clubs I play for.
Who is your favourite football player, past or present?
When I started playing football, my dad gave me a chance to watch Ronaldo play for Man United back in the 2008 season. I find him very interesting, especially with how he has gone from one of the most iconic and elite footballers in the world, to how successful he is as a businessman.
But, I also loved to watch Ramos play in his prime too, as I think he is one of the best to learn from with the positions I play. I also wore the number four shirt.
Favourite football moment? Can be your own or one you have experienced.
My best experience in football was winning the County Cup when I was 21 at Shildon British Railway Mens Club.
What is your go to song to get you pumped up for match day?
My go to song everytime I go to play or train is Eminem 8 mile Lose Yourself, as I think it really reflects on sports performance in the lyrics.
Any superstitions or pre-game rituals you have to do?
My superstitions are just to be the most motivated, so I can lead or get people to feed off my vibe, as I take things quite seriously.
Sometimes I do hope my past relatives are watching after a few words.
What is your favourite food? Can be a meal or cuisine
My favourite food is either Spaghetti Bolognese or Chicken Fajita wraps.
I use these meals around the way I look after myself, as I know they are very nutritious to my diet.
Do you have any other hobbies outside of football? What do you like to do in your downtime?
My other hobbies are going to the gym in order to be in the best physical shape I can to perform and stay fit. I also don't mind taking part in boxing and maybe a bit of pool with some friends.
I also try to spend as much time as I can with my children, as I want to be a good role model to them.
If money wasn’t an issue, where in the world would you choose to go, either on holiday or to live?
My favourite place to live would be Barcelona, because it is such a beautiful place.