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Video: Richard Butcher’s Goals & Book

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.

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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……………

Salisbury New Faces Threaten Imps 100% Record

Salisbury City have enlisted Reading FC star Angus MacDonald and Oldham Athletic utility man Glenn Belezika to halt the slide. Wins over Aldershot Town and FC Halifax, as well as a draw at Welling suggest we should not take a big, powerful and quick side lightly, even if they are managed by the youngest manager in football (28).

Thank-you for reading  Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


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Saturday  6th September K.O 15:00 pm

Away Fans Pricing  Adults £18  Cons £13
U18 £7 Small stand left of Echo Stand

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Manager Mikey Harris
Formation 4-3-3
Position 2012/13 BSS (playoffs)
Forecast Mid-table
Ave Gate 735
Away following n/a

Ground Guide     Away ticket prices FANS Forum

Salisbury City, unbeaten in 3, face Lincoln City, boasting a 100% home record, with the momentum apparently moving in the visitors favour. The Imps have been carrying injuries and, although we are welcoming players back, enforced lack of training to key personnel could begin to undermine the standard of fitness within the side.

Oldham Athletic utility man Glenn Belezika will be a threat down their right for Newton, who will face his toughest adversary to date, along with fast and furious Fitchett.  Ben Wright came on for him as a scoring sub on Saturday with Sinclair and Freer part of a very big and mobile trio. Boyce, Brown and Miller will have to be very alert indeed, although Gray may come in for Miller if he is not fit.

The normal four man Wiltshire Whites midfield had changed to a trio in the last game after Theo Lewis had seen red.  The three, 6” 4″ Ricky Wellard (Wimbledon), McPhee and Kamdjo, look formidable with Foster, Nolan and Fofana certainly in for a workout tomorrow.  Wellard is a terrific footballer and laid on the first for Frear before FC Halifax had two sent off last week.  If Fairhurst and Rowe (both groin) are fit we will stretch them, although Wright and Dixon are both straining at the leash.

Salisbury do look suspect at the back, although the size of both sides suggests a set-piece could be the thin dividing line between the two sides.  Thomlinson, has been struggling, but if he can get our noses in front, thus continuing his scoring run, Wright could well replace him. Many Imps have been unable to train this week eroding the fitness levels we have come to expect, although Newton Boyce,  Jordan, Nolan and Miller have fantastic natural fitness levels suggesting we will be able to compete.

Looks like a nervy and tight one again, although with top spot to motivate TEAM LINCOLN, should our adversaries slip, you still fancy Simmo’s soldiers to have a spring in their step. Then again the Sincil Bank stage and the aura of ex-League club Lincoln will be seen as a scalp and a big motivating factor for part-timers Salisbury.  This cup-final mentality makes getting out of the the two up Skrill Premier even harder than it looks on paper.

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Likely team & Scheme

1 Puddy

22 Belezika  6 Wilson 5 Clarke 2 Ruddick

12 Kamdjo 8 Wellard 7 McPhee 

13 Sinclair  20 Fitchett  11 Frear


The Summer plans

With Darrell Clarke joining ex-Imp goal machine John Ward at Bristol Rovers as assistant manager in the summer after two promotions in 3 years, former playing/ assistant Mikey Harris was promoted to make him the youngest manager in football at 28.  The comparatively small budget and his tender years will not faze the midfielder however with consolidation a realistic aim given Rovers are just down the road with the 5 year managerial partnership forming a strong bond. There is also a big Plymouth connection at the club.

Mikey’s move to bring in striker Warren Feeney in a playing assistant role is an astute one and he has avoided the exodus many feared. Thus he knows the players, the strengths and weaknesses, has added wisely and the Whites will hit the ground running.   A further example of his ambitious and persuasive way has to be the capture of Ben Wright who is a massive signing from Forest Green Rovers. Young forward Dan Fitchett has returned from Southend after spending the pre-season on trial and Glenn Wilson (centre & full-back) has re-signed.

Hugely experienced striker Warren Feeney has arrived from Plymouth as player assistant to help steady a young but exciting squads nerves.  Ex-Wimbledon midfielder Ricky Wellard  signed initially on loan from Cambridge last season before joining in January and was inspirational in the play-off winning side. His huge 6’4″ midfield presence will be vital again this term.  Monty George, a talented 16 year old keeper, has come in and Clovis Kamdjo has great technique. He can play in defence or midfield, although influential defender Chris Giles did retire in the summer, suggesting the former.

It will be tough this season but as other promoted sides have proved playing on the bigger stages inspires some great away performances that get the points that make a difference.  STMI wish Salisbury good luck (except against the Mighty Imps of course) and hope their fans enjoy the experience.

IN Player From Pos Fee
20th July Warren Feeney Plymouth For Free
23rd July Ben Wright FGR For Free
6th Aug Clovis Kamdjo Barnet Def/Mid Free
6th Aug Monte George trialist GK Free
OUT Player From Pos Fee
Released Player To Pos Fee
Retired Chris Giles n/a Def

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The Whites 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers Will Puddy, Monte George Defenders Glenn BelezikaRyan Brett, James Clarke, Brian Dutton (Cap), Callum Hart, Luke Ruddick, Glenn Wilson, Midfield Alan McDonald, Clovis Kamdjo, Elliott Frear, Chris McPhee, Stuart Sinclair, Rob Sinclair, Ricky Wellard, Forwards Warren Feeney, Dan Fitchett, Theo Lewis, Jamie White, Ben Wright,