Terry Butcher is a former English pro football player, who made his mark playing for Ipswich Town. Where he spent most of his career as a tough central defender, who was good in the air and hard to get past. He has over 500 appearances in pro football. Butcher has gone on to work as a football speaker and pundit, for both print and broadcast media; as well as managing several teams all over the world, including his own previous teams: Sunderland and Coventry City.
Terry Butcher was born on 28 December 1958, in Singapore. Butcher made his club debut for Ipswich Town on 15 April 1978, against Everton. He impressed one and all during his stint with the Ipswich Town and became famous. England national football team’s manager Ron Greenwood was also excited, to see him play for the national team. Ron made sure that Butcher made his international debut soon.
He made his international debut against Australia, on 31 May 1980. England lost that away game 1-2. Terry Butcher’s international career lasted for 10 years. A glowing memory of this tough centre-back attitude, was his courage shown in the 1989 World Cup qualifying match against Sweden in Stockholm. Where England needed a point to qualify for the 1990 tournament. During the game Butcher obtained a nasty head injury, but refused to leave the pitch, his face and football strip covered in blood. His determination on behalf of his country was highly praised.
Terry Butcher played in 3 World Cups in that period (1982 – 1990). He was a part of the England’s team, against which Diego Maradona scored what is considered as ‘The goal of the century’; as he went past 5 players and scored the goal in the 1986 World Cup. Butcher made 77 appearances for the senior team and scored 3 goals.
Terry Butcher played for his first club Ipswich Town from 1976 to 1986. He made 271 appearances for them and scored 16 goals. He made his move from the club in 1986, to the Rangers FC. Butcher played for Rangers up to 1990. He made 127 appearances for the Scottish club and scored 8 goals. As captain he won three league titles and two Scottish League Cups with them.
After his stint with the Rangers, he had almost joined Leeds United, until Coventry City offered him the player manager job. He signed for the club for £400,000. As a player, he made only 6 appearances for the club and did not score a goal in any of them. Butcher was then picked up by Sunderland in 1992. He made 38 appearances for them but failed to score a goal. In 1993, he made his shortest stint with Clydebank F.C. where he made only 3 appearances.
As a player Terry Butcher won the UEFA Cup in 1980-81 with Ipswich Town. With Rangers he has won the Scottish Football League Premier Division three times; in 1986-87, 1988-89 and 1989-90. He has also won the Scottish League Cup twice; in 1986 and 1988. Terry Butcher has entered the hall of fame in Scottish football. As a manager, Butcher has managed to win the Scottish First Div in the second tier in 2009-10.
Player To Manager
Terry retired from professional football on 1st December 1993. Nine years after his retirement, he became the manager of Motherwell FC. After that he managed: Sydney FC, Brentford, Inverness, Caledonian Thistle, Hibernian and Newport County. He also was the caretaker of Partick Thistle in 2007.
After Dinner Speaker
Terry Butcher made an impact as a football pundit for BBC 5 Live and has become a well known after dinner speaker, at many functions and corporate events.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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