A Nott's County Star who saved Nott's From Relegation




During two years at the club Richard made 93 appearances, scoring 20 goals, and became a popular figure with the meadow lane Faithfull's Jim Rodwell pays his respects this is like the worst type of déjà vu less than a year after saying goodbye to a great friend in Keith Alexander we are all united in grief for Butch. I first met Butch when he came to Rushden & Diamonds as a raw 17 -year-old even then he was full of life and character. He looked after my boots and I can say with out fear of contradiction he was the worst boot boy I had ever had. However that didn't stop him from expecting a large cash tip at Christmas! Anybody that knows me will tell you how tight I am so getting money out of me was a herculean task in its self but he always managed it! You just couldn't help but like Butch he was infectious and great fun to be around. 

He always made the training ground a better place to be, of course it was at Kettering where Butch really made his mark before Keith took him to Lincoln city where he became the polished professional we all remember. I watched him play for the imps on many occasions and he was invariably their best player for me he was probably there best midfielder in the lower leagues I always took great pride and pleasure in watching him it was only in the last tragic week or so that I realised how much Butch was apart of the folklore at Nott's County he was a hero for many of our fans for almost single-handedly keeping Nott's in the football League with 12 goals from midfield and scoring the goal against Wycombe that secured our league status. Our face book page have been overwhelmed with tributes ultimately its not as a footballer that I'll remember Butch its as a friend and as a decent human being far more important attributes than just being able to kick a ball about we will always miss you pal, but never forget the smiles and the laughs we had with you our hearts and prayers go to your family and all those who had the privilege of knowing you.         

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)


 Shock death of player, 29, who helped to keep Notts County in Football League 

 FORMER team-mates talk of tragic loss and shock to

Ex-Notts County Star Richard Butcher

The 29-year-old, who was playing at League Two side Macclesfield this season, died at his home in Manchester overnight on Sunday.Triumph:   Richard Butcher  after scoring  the  goal that secured the Magpies' League status with a 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in their final home game of  the 2007-08 season.The cause of death has not been announced.Mr Butcher joined Notts in July 2007 and scored 20 goals in 88 appearances for the club in his two seasons at Meadow Lane. He also played for Lincoln City, Oldham Athletic and Peterborough United.


Former Notts County goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington, currently playing at Mansfield Town, was good friends with Mr Butcher and is devastated by his death.They played together for two seasons at Meadow Lane and stayed in touch after Mr Butcher  left the club in July 2009."I couldn't believe it when I found out and I still can't believe it. I'm in shock," said Mr Pilkington.

"He wasn't just an old team-mate, we were friends. I only spoke to him last Thursday and he was fine, so it's devastating."He was a top bloke, he really was, and I will miss him. He did not have a bad bone in his body.Mr Pilkington credits Mr Butcher with keeping Notts in the Football League in the 2007-08 season, when he scored a career-record 12 league goals.He scored the goal in front of the Kop that finally secured the Magpies' League status in a 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in their final home game of the season.

"He was a talented boy," said Mr Pilkington. "Without him, I think we would have been relegated out of the League. He scored a lot of important goals."I will always remember him as a gifted player, and a good lad off the pitch too, a bit of a joker at times. He made everyone laugh.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet that he is gone."Notts County's current longest-serving player, Mike Edwards,  described the death of his former team-mate  as a tragedy.He said: "I can only pass on my condolences to his family. It's so sad."He was a good lad in the dressing room and a very good player too. He scored some important goals for us to keep us in the League."He could not stop scoring in his first season. He always had a knack of being in the right place at the right time.

"He was well liked by everyone at the club, so it's terrible news that he has died. It's a tragedy."Macclesfield chairman Mike Rance said: "We are all absolutely devastated by Richard's death."He was probably the best professional at the club and his conduct and professionalism were always exemplary."Richard was an intelligent, articulate and thoroughly likeable young man who will be very sadly missed by his team-mates, friends and family."Mr Butcher was already planning for the next phase of his life after football. "He had started a course at Manchester Met and was planning for the future with a view to what he might do after he finished playing," said Mr Rance.Notts County chief executive Jim Rodwell knew Mr Butcher from his playing days."It is a massive shock. He was my boot boy during my time at Rushden and Diamonds. He was a great personality with a lot of friends and he will be sorely missed."

Shock death  of  player, 29, who helped to keep Notts County in Football League