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 RICHARD BUTCHER

RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS F.C

 
RICHARD BUTCHER
 
RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS F.C

 

RICHARD BUTCHER

&

DUANE DARBY

 HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND AND A GREAT SUPPORT TO OUR FAMILY SINCE RICHARDS DEATH 

AND TO RICHARD IN HIS CAREER

 

 

 

 

With Richard Missing out to play for his home Town the "Cobbler's was hard for him to take but with our support and love a faith we had in him we pick our son up and started again we help rebuild his confidence Richard spent time with friends at far Cotton Rec Northampton we knew factory life was never going to be his path there were a few ready to twist the knife making fun at his failure his dreams had gone for a while anyway. I can remember Richard coming across a friend who he once stood up for when bullied at school he shouted to across the Rec I will never forget the time you stood up for me but I know you will win through and make it as a pro footballer don't give up those words spurred our son on to keep on trying and to keep on working hard in the profession he so wanted.

After Richard left Northampton Town we must have written to at least 30 clubs to get Richard a trial. Some replied and some didn't. The first place Richards dad took him for a trial was Colchester United I thought Richard had an excellent game and even one of the other parents, standing next to me, said what a good player he was.  He didn't know I was Richard's Dad and I was disappointed that we never heard anything back from them, but then you have to remember that there were lads there from a lot bigger clubs than Northampton. I got the feeling that if Richard was released by Northampton then why Colchester would be interested in him? Our son also went for a trial at Luton Town. His Grandfather took him to that one as we were away on holiday. I remember phoning Richard up that evening and he was very upset as he had got injured very early on. Although he carried on playing and felt he did ok, again the impression was that they were looking at lads from the bigger clubs that had also been released.
We travelled the earth to help Richard follow his dream just a few more trials I took him before joining Rushden I took Richard for a trial at Macclesfield Town, of all places. Again, he did well but looked a little heavy legged at times and once more we never heard anything back from them. Colchester really was disappointing for me; because if they had not known where these lads had come from I am sure they would have at least had another look at him. In one respect, if the clubs didn't know where these players had been released from and they all were judged on there ability alone, then players from lower league clubs could maybe get a look in. I know football clubs have piles of letters to get through sent from wannabe footballers and, so many miss out, but when you do get your chance you really need to hang on to it because there will always be someone waiting in the wings to take your place."

Brian Talbot, Terry Westley and Jeff Vetere thankfully did see something in Richard eventually offering him a two year deal at Rushden & Diamonds. Richard gave a great display as a trial list in a 2-1 Capital League win over Aldershot in November 1999. His two year deal started on December 31st 1999 Richard also earned a further deal from 2000-April-2002 Rushden & diamonds had fantastic training facilities set up it proved to be a confidence builder for Richard.   When joining the non - league club Brian Talbot was keen to turn Richard into a box to box midfielder playmaker as they thought this was his natural game this turned out to be good for Richard as during his Y.T.S period at the cobblers Richard had been placed in centre half.  

Northampton-Born Richard started his career as a trainee with his home town club before he joined Rushden & Diamonds youth set up after a spell with Raunds Town. He went on to appear in both the Hiller cup and F.A Trophy for Diamonds, but only made the bench as an unused substitute in the conference games, Although he signed professional forms in March 200, he failed to make the first team.


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
 
RICHARD HAD ALOT OF FRIENDS
IN FOOTBALL A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF THEM
FOR THEIR SUPPORT RICHARD'S MUM DAD
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