Rejected by Northampton Town, Richard played for Kettering Town, Lincoln City, Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United and Macclesfield Town. Butch was the Notts County top scorer in both his seasons at the club and got a beauty against Bournemouth to guarantee a play-off spot in his first season at the Imps. His untimely death in 2011 at the age of 29 was heartbreaking.
The Richard Butcher Memorial Charity has commissioned a book celebrating Richard’s life from his formative years to his final season at Macclesfield Town. Contributors include:-
Gail, Richard and Glenn Butcher, Managers, Mentors & Coaches. Gary Simpson, Kevin Wilson, Carl Shutt, BIG Keith RIP, Ronnie Moore, Darren Ferguson, Peter Jackson and Keith Oakes. Northampton Ali Gibb, Andy Morrow, Carl Heggs, David Savage, Gary Hughes, Gary Thompson, Matthew Finlay, Kevin, Wilson and Paul Curtis. Rushden. Carl Heggs. Kettering, Ian Bowling, Lee Howarth, Carl Shutt and Dale Watkins. Lincoln City, Ian Bowling, Peter Gain, Ben Futcher, Paul Morgan, Keith Oakes, Gary Simpson and Simon Yeo. Oldham Athletic, Mark Hughes, Andy Liddell, Ronnie Moore and Chris Porter. Peterborough United, Darren Ferguson, Ben Futcher, Peter Gain, Keith Oakes, Gary Simpson and Gavin Strachan. Notts County Lawrie Dudfield, Ali Gibb, Jason Lee, Gavin Strachan. Macclesfield Town Paul Morgan, Gary Simpson and Simon Yeo. Darren MacKenzie, Michael Hortin (BBC) and, David Mackintosh (Leader Northamptonshire Council have also added memories.
The book will go on sale in October and is a moving yet optimistic tribute to a gentleman who saw playing football as a privilege. Written with the fan in mind readers can follow a season with insights from those behind the scenes during the gruelling up & downs of the 50+ match marathon and the miles a Football League box-to-box midfielder tread. Butch’s respect for the fans filled us with warmth and great memories,,, and then there were the goals……………
We would like to thank Ben Wright – the Chelsea slayer and globe trotting ex Imp striker aka the Sincil Swan for taking the time to kick off the Lincoln City Banter Q & A season.
With Ben now in New Zealand the opening question has to be what is a guy who scored 26 goals in a dozen games doing at the other End of the world from his almost native Lincolnshire?
Hi Imps, it was a strange one with me, I got injured towards the end of the 2009/10 season while I was playing at Macc and thought if I just rested it over the summer it would be fine come preseason.But as it was I required an operation and as I was without a club it took a long time to sort out.So I did my coaching badges during that time and then a few months after my op the consultant told me that although my knee was fairly stable there was a chance if I kept playing it would go completly.
This opportunity came up in NZ to do some coaching with the view to play a bit if the knee holds up which I was really grateful for so I took it.It wasn’t a great standard of football. I really enjoy NZ tho a beautiful country with a real relaxed vibe to it. I still always look out for Lincolns result and have a few friends on facebook who are Lincoln fans that keep me updated with whats going on at the club. There aren’t too many people left at the club that I know now but its a good club in a big city and of course I wish them the best for the future.
Nottingham Imp– What’s your fav curry house in Lincoln then Ben?
Well I remember going to one a few times i think it was the Bombay,was always a good feed but I do probably prefere a good chinese if im honest i love sweet and sour.
Ricky Frankman – Is the standard of football different in New Zealand from England and does he having any plans of returning to England?
Hi Ricky yeh its completely different there is just the one pro club over there Wellington Phenix all the rest are amateur.Im not one to plan to far ahead but im 31 now so i think my playing days as a pro are behind me.
John Daft Lad Franks – What was your best moment as an imps player Ben?
During my first year at the club i had a few good moments John,my favourie being probably when we won away at Stockport who were a good team at the time.It was under the lights on a tuesday night and i got a couple of goals.
Ben Harrison – Who’s the best manager that you have played for and why?
Hi Ben i would probably say Benny Lenardson who took me from Bristol city over to Norway.He was great with the younger players,really helped them develope.
Colin Morton – Q Ben what attracted you to playing for richmond as opposed to the big two of Auckland city or Waitakere utd ?
Hi Colin yes they are the two big clubs that have dominated the national league over in NZ which is played in the summer period.I only played in the winter league this season.I went over there mainly for the coaching to work with the young kids in the Nelson region which is on the south island.
Stephen Simpson – What was your favourite goal in a City shirt?
Hi Stephen i enjoyed my first league goal for City as it was at home against Peterborough but one i scored away at Rotherham was one of my favourites
Jacob Easterling – What do you see for the future of Lincoln
Hi Jacob you have to look at the positives.Its going to be a hard journey back but with the right plan in place and everyone working together right throughout the club and with the stadium,history and support already in place there has to be hope.
Neil Gentleman-hobbs – You spent a lot of time in Scandinavia what are your reflections (including the goal against Chelsea) of your time there and how does the style and standard of football compare both their and in New Zealand where you are now?
I really enjoyed my time in Norway Neil,i think its a great experience for anyone living in a foreign country and learning a new culture.I was leading goalscorer in two succesive seasons and got to play with some great players.Its a good standard of football its not as frenetic as in england but more tactical.
Stephen ‘Day’ Freestone – How did you get on with Adrian Patulea?
Hi Stephen I got on well with Adi he’s very honest and didn’t have any kind of ego to him.
Matthew Coe – Whose to blame for the mess at Lincoln?
I don’t think any one person is to blame Mathew.Stabilty is vital now if you select a gaffa you have to stick with him and trust in what he does.Its hard in england because everyone wants results quickly.I’ve seen even by just coaching at a semi pro club how important it is for the structure to be right with everyone working together giving 100% and understanding their roles.
Thanks Ben, for some candid answers not to mention some great goals and moments during your time at Sincil Bank, the Theatre of the Absurd.
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