Tribute's of flowers were sent from each club Richard

played for many thank's to all of them.  what should have been Richards 30th Birthday. 22/01/2011 Our thoughts go out to everyone who has lost someone special







Richard would have been so proud of his Brother Glenn.  It would have been Richard's 30th Birthday two weeks after he died 30 white doves were released at macclesfield Town F.C. .  Thank you to Macclesfield Town & Lincoln City for looking after  Richard and for making him so proud to be part of there clubs.

 Family, friends and Lincoln City fans say goodbye to an 'ultimate professional.

LINCOLN City hero Richard Butcher made his final journey on to the Sincil Bank pitch as family, friends and fans gathered to say goodbye.

The 29-year-old's coffin was carried out of the tunnel to the sound of The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy, a song significant to Butcher during the Imps' playoff achievements between 2002 and 2005.

  1. , Ben Futcher and Simon Yeo pay tribute during a service of Thanksgiving for the life of Lincoln City hero Richard Butcher.
  2. Hundreds of mourners braved the windy conditions yesterday  to hear tributes to "Butch", with former City team-mate  and close friend Simon Yeo calling him the "ultimate professional".

Butcher, who played more than 100 games in three spells for the Imps, was found dead at his home in Greater Manchester on January 10. He died in his sleep.

Funeral celebrant Paul Disley said: "We are thinking about Richard and we realise that he was taken away so quickly, so suddenly, so   unexpectedly and way, way too soon."

 He added  Butcher was "daddy" to his beloved Yorkiepoo  dog Charlie, and loved his family Mum Gail and Dad Richard and brother Glenn it will be very difficult for them to deal with there sons death as he was such a fit young man. 

He was also planning for the future with a potential career in physiotherapy.

Team-mates from Butcher's last club Macclesfield Town were joined by familiar faces from the football world,   including Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry.

Audio clips of some of Butcher's goals were played along with words of praise from his mentor and boss at Lincoln, Peterborough and Macclesfield Keith Alexander, who died last March.

Former Imp Ben Futcher fought to hold back the tears as he told the crowd: "It's a great honour and a privilege to call Richard one of my best friends.

"I always loved a night out with Butch. He was great company. He was not tight, but he was the only person I knew who could go out with £50 and come back with £60."

A private service was held at Lincoln Crematorium   following the thanksgiving service.