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Barry Butler (footballer born 1962)

Personal information
Full nameBarry Geoffrey Butler
Date of birth4 June 1962(age 54)
Place of birthFarnworth, England
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionMidfielder/Defender

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Barry Geoffrey Butler (born 4 June 1962, Farnworth) is an English former professional footballer who spent eight years with Chester City from 1985 to 1993. Primarily operating as a midfielder, Butler also had spells playing in defence and attack, and even took over in goal after regular goalkeeper Billy Stewart was sent off against Bradford City in October 1990.

A former window cleaner, Butler was snapped up by Chester from Atherton Laburnum Rovers in December 1985, one of several occasions that manager Harry McNally would sign an unknown non-league player and successfully use him as a regular in the side. Butler made his Football League debut in a 1 0 derby victory over Tranmere Rovers in January 1986 at the relatively late age of 23. He was largely a regular for most of the rest of the season, which ended in promotion from Football League Division Four.

In October 1989, Butler scored a belated first goal for Chester in a 4 0 thrashing of Birmingham City, in his 119th appearance for the club. He made up for lost time by scoring four more before the end of the season and had bagged 16 by the time he was released by Graham Barrow in May 1993.

Butler dropped back into non-league football with Barrow, before joining Altrincham in March 1994.

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