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RICHARD BUTCHER BORN IN NORTHAMPTON ON THE 22/01/1981 RCHARD WAS AT NORTHAMPTON TOWN F.C FROM THE AGE OF 10 TO 18

 RICHARD WAS ALSO ON THE FRONT PAGE
 OF THE NATIONWIDE FOOTBALL LEAGUE PROGRAMM
DIVISION 2 PLAY OF FINAL
GRIMSBY TOWN V NORTHAMPTON TOWN
MAY 24TH 1998
 
 
 

 

RICHARD BUTCHER ON THE FLAGS AT WEMBLEY STADIUM

SUNDAY 24TH MAY 1998

Richard had been part of the Northampton Town Youth Development centre of excellence since 1994 we hoped all the shooting practise behind the police station would be worth while and would pay of in the future Richard always kept his feet on ground knowing it could be a long shot.   

Some of the Centre of Excellence home games were played at Raunds Town where Richard met Keith Burt the manger Richard ended up playing for when released from Northampton. Richard was naturally looking forward in reporting to Six fields on Monday 30th June 1997 at 10 A.M the letter cheered him up knowing he was going to get an extra £5 a week in his pay packet and he was looking forward to going on a preseason youth tour to Barcelona to play against young European footballers in the international friendship cup of Spain. I had to look for a sponsor around our local area to help fund the trip I ask Mereway Uppers School and they were quite happy to make a donation towards the trip and Richards's family pulled together and made up the rest up.
May 1998 40,000 fans followed the cobblers to Wembley which was incredible site to see.  

It was an exciting time for Richard at the cobblers when Northampton had won the third Division play-off-final against Swansea 1-0 32,000 cobbler's fans including us Richards family followed the clobbers with pride and they went on to have another good season but lost 1-0 to Grimsby in the second Division Play-off final 24TH MAY 1998.

Richard enjoyed the fact that he was a silhouette on the flags all the way down Wembley Way to the National Stadium. He was also on the front of all three of the match programs that covered the play-off finals taking place at Wembley that weekend. He was very shy about it but very proud and so were we?  It was very exciting at the time, all the family went along." I made a number of phone calls to try and get one of the flags to keep with my collection to no avail.

 Mean while some highlights of Our sons youth years at Northampton Town he enjoyed his time in Holland in 1996 The Cobblers under 18's pick up the top sporting award at the Culemberg Cup for there conduct on and of the pitch. The lads reached the quarter finals of the competition they finished with four wins and three drew's in there eight games.   1998 Northampton Town - Fulham one game that is close to our hearts as my Nan supported Fulham.  Long term injuries to Ian Clarkson and Tony Dobson and Damian Mathews allowed Striker Andy Morrow and Gary Hughes and our son a central Midfielder Richard Butcher were drafted in for the F.A cup squad he was an ever present youth lad who had already been given three reserve starts.   

 There was one special game that comes to mind Richard so enjoyed playing in with his time at the cobblers the family fun kick of at sixfields with around 5,000 fans who turned out in freezing conditions 11/01/1999 Cobblers reserves - 2 Arsenal reserves - 0 but nine experienced Arsenal players would feature and take to the pitch England legend Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn, Stuart Taylor.

Remi Garde, and Nelson Vivas, David  Livermore, Michael Black, Paolo Vernazza (Sub William Huck 76) Omer Riza,( Sub Julian Gray 67 ) Sub unused Ashley Cole. Ref Andy Woolmer (Kettering Town) The Cobblers team were Andy Woodman, Michel Warner, and Scott woods, Garry Hughes, Collin Hill, Richard Hope, Richard Butcher, James Hunt, Chris Lee, Kevin Wilson, and David Seal (Subs Andy Morrow 68, Brad Piercewright 82 Adam Hancock, 82

 The year 1999 The Cobblers youth team Richard was involved in at Northampton town took a bow at Sixfields they were the proud winners of the football youth Alliance division one title Kevin Broadhurst's side finished unbeaten in their section and were un lucky not to qualify for the merit division.  Our son also scored a far few goals with his time at Northampton Town.  

Richard covered more ground than most players would in a game covering 8 miles (13 - 14 ) kilometres' per match and speeds up to 14-21kmh. He showed constancy through out his career he always prided himself on his goals bend it like Beckham just one of the players he so admired.   I can remember writing a letter to David Beckham on Richards 21st birthday to ask if he would kindly send Richard a card and to my delight he did I still have the card to this day I really was surprise he responded.

Richard almost rejoined the Cobblers in 2007 but they were unable to meet the £50,000 fee the deal was derailed. Incredible Steve Thompson stepped in and signed him for Nott's County on a free from Peterborough United. Richard Butcher's professional Career

YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999-2000Northampton Town0(0)
2000-2001Rushden & Diamonds0(0)
2001-2002Kettering Town44(13)
2002-2005Lincoln City104(11)
2005-2006Oldham Athletic36(4)
2005Lincoln City (loan)4(1)
2006-2007Peterborough United43(4)
2007-2009Notts County80(18)
2009-2010Lincoln City15(0)
2010Macclesfield Town (loan)8(2)
2010-2011Macclesfield Town7(1)
Total
341(54

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ALL THE LAD'S WERE GOOD FRIEND'S OF RICHARD'S
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
HE LOVE YOU ALL
AND YOU LOOK AFTER HIM WELL
I HOPE YOU ALL LIKE MY PACK UP'S SOME OF YOU
WILL KNOW WHAT I MEAN
 
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RICHARD NEVER GOT HIS CHANCE

AT NORTHAMPTON TOWN BUT HE HAD A GOOD

CAREER AS A PROFESSIONALLY FOOTBALLER

SCOREING AT LEAST 50 GOALS FROM MIDFIELD