Hutchison wants Palace revenge
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Scottish international remembers the feeling he had eight years ago when, as a Sheffield United player, they fell short to Palace in the Division One play-off final.
Hutchison dislocated his shoulder early in the defeat at Wembley, as David Hopkin scored a dramatic late winner to put the Selhurst Park club in to The Premiership.
As painful as those memories are for the former Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland man, Hutchison is determined to be fit for selection when The Hammers face their London rivals at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
"If you are the team that loses in the final, it is the worst feeling in the world," Hutchison said.
"I will be training like mad in the next 10 days to try to force my way into the starting line-up if I can and, if the worst comes to the worst, get on the bench.
"It is the biggest game in the club's recent history and everyone will be desperate to start - and I'll be no different.
"I am wanting to finish the season on a high."
Meanwhile, young midfielder Mark Noble has signed his first professional contract at Upton Park.
The England Under-17 captain was pleased to put pen to paper after returning from France at the European Under-17 Championship, despite not making a first team appearance with The Hammers as yet.
"I am over the moon - I was away in France for the European Championships during my 17th birthday, but we wanted to get it done quickly so I signed when I got back," Noble told the club's official website.
"I love West Ham to bits - that is who I want to play for and where I was brought up."