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Macclesfield had postponed the match at Burton Albion as a mark of  respect to Richard Butcher.

The club were struck by a second tragedy in less than a year after Butcher  died on Monday.

The club announced that the midfielder passed away at his home in  Manchester.

It comes 10 months after the death of manager Keith Alexander.

A club statement read: 'It is with great sadness that we have to announce the  untimely death earlier today of Richard Butcher.

'He was an exemplary professional and a thoroughly likeable young  man. Our  thoughts are with his wife and family at this very difficult  time.'

Butcher also played for  Lincoln, Oldham, Peterborough,  Northampton and Notts County during his  career.

Alexander died in  March after driving home from their midweek match against  Notts County.

Professional Footballers Association chief executive Gordon Taylor expressed  his anguish at the news and vowed to do anything he can to help Butcher's  family.

He said: 'It is a terrible shock. We've lost Adam Stansfield at Exeter and to  lose Richard Butcher is just terrible and quite tragic and on behalf of all the  members and staff at the PFA we wish to offer our most sincere condolences to  his family at this terrible time and our prayers and thoughts are with them.

'We will be in contact with the family to see what help we can provide at  this sad time.'

Butcher started his career as a trainee for his home town club Northampton  but left before making a first-team appearance.


Sad loss: Butcher passed away at his home in Manchester,  aged 29

A statement from the npower League Two club said: 'Northampton Town Football  Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former midfielder Richard  Butcher at the age of just 29. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with  Richard's family and friends at this very sad time.'

Butcher was later signed by Alexander - who died at the age of 53 - at  Peterborough in 2006 and the League One side were also quick to express their  sadness.

A club statement said: 'Butcher was well loved by everyone at London Road and  our condolences go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.'

Macclesfield chairman Mike Rance said: 'We are all absolutely devastated by  Richard's death.


Difficult times: Macclesfield are coming to terms with  the second tragedy to hit the club in the space of 10 months

'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.'

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,' explained Rance.  'This is another massive blow to the club but we are going to have to come to  terms with it.'

 

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