|Full name||Andrew Peter Butler|
|Date of birth||4 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2006||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|2010||→ Blackpool (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:43, 2 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Andrew Peter "Andy" Butler (born 4 November 1983) is an English footballer who plays as a central defender for Sheffield United. Born in Doncaster, he has previously played for Walsall, Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Town, Huddersfield Town and Blackpool. Butler is also a qualified referee.
Butler started his career at Scunthorpe United. He made his debut for the Iron, then in the Third Division, on 20 September 2003 as a 34th minute substitute in a 1–1 draw with Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. His full debut came three days later, a 2–3 defeat to Burnley at Glanford Park in the third round of the 2003–04 League Cup. Midway through the season Butler signed a four-year contract.
On 7 February 2004 he scored his first goal in a 2–2 home draw with Doncaster Rovers. He made a total of 42 appearances, scoring two goals in the 2003–04 season. The following season he scored ten goals in 37 league games as Scunthorpe finished second in League Two and were promoted to League One. His goal tally that season included scoring twice in a 3–2 home win over Lincoln City on 21 August 2004 and two goals in a 3–1 victory over Rushden & Diamonds at Nene Park on 18 December. He suffered a serious injury in early 2005 before returning to action later in the season. At the end of the season he won four different honours at the club's annual awards.
Prior to the start of the 2006–07 season Butler was injured again, dislocating his shoulder in a pre-season friendly with Leeds United. He was out of action until October 2006 when he joined League Two side Grimsby Town on loan, in order to build up his match fitness. He made five appearances for the Mariners. On his return to Scunthorpe he was unable to break back into the first team until later on in the season as the Iron won promotion to the Championship as League One champions.
In the 2007–08 season Butler made 36 league appearances, scoring two goals as the Iron finished 23rd in the Championship and were relegated back to League One. In May 2008 he appeared on Soccer AM's Crossbar Challenge on Sky Sports 1 dressed as Wonder Woman.[not in citation given] Butler left Scunthorpe in June 2008, turning down a new three-year contract offer, so he could move to a club that would be more suitable for his family needs. In six years with the club, Butler made a total of 153 appearances scoring 13 times, playing for them in all three divisions of The Football League.
On 2 July 2008 Butler joined League One club Huddersfield Town on a three-year deal. Along with five other players, he made his Huddersfield debut in a 1–1 draw with Stockport County at the Galpharm Stadium on 9 August 2008. His first goal came in a 3–2 home win over Crewe Alexandra on 1 November 2008. He made a total of 45 appearances in the 2008–09 season, scoring four goals. Butler began the 2009–10 season as a first team regular. However, Terriers manager Lee Clark started using Peter Clarke and Nathan Clarke as the club's regular centre back pairing.
On 7 January 2010, after not making an appearance for two months, Butler joined Championship side Blackpool on loan until the end of the season. On the move up a division Butler said, "I'm really happy with the move. It's a weird one because I've gone a step up, but it's something I'm hoping to thrive on. It looks a good club and I'm happy to be here. Hopefully I can play as many games as I can and help this club where it wants to go, which is the Premiership I suppose." He made his debut two days later in a 1–1 draw with Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium.
After helping Blackpool reach the Premier League, Butler returned to the Galpharm, but had the remainder of his contract paid up on 23 June 2010. In October 2010 Butler joined Rochdale on a trial basis but failed to agree a contract.
On 12 November 2010, Butler joined Football League One side Walsall on a contract until the end of the season. Butler was signed by Chris Hutchings, who was sacked in January after a 4–1 defeat to Peterborough United. He was appointed captain after Dean Smith took charge and scored his first goal for Walsall in a 3–3 draw against fellow strugglers Tranmere Rovers. An impressive second half of the season earned Butler Walsall's Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season awards. On 13 May 2011, Butler signed a new two-year contract, keeping him at the club until June 2013. In early May 2014, Butler was offered a new contract with Walsall, however he reject new terms with Walsall on 22 May; he made 176 appearances in total for the West Midlands club.
- As of 20 March 2010
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2003–04||Scunthorpe United||Third Division||34||2||4||0||1||0||42||2|
|2006–07||Grimsby Town (loan)||League Two||4||0||-||-||5||0|
|2006–07||Scunthorpe United||League One||11||0||-||-||11||0|
|2008–09||Huddersfield Town||League One||42||4||1||0||1||0||45||4|
a. All Football League Trophy results are included in totals
- Scunthorpe United
- "Profile – Andy Butler". Scunthorpe United F.C. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "Crossbar Challenge – Best of". Sky Sports. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "Profile – Andy Butler". Huddersfield Town F.C. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "Butler joins Blackpool on loan". Huddersfield Town F.C. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "Butler Set For Debut at Cardiff". Blackpool F.C. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "Craig Westcarr: Walsall release top scorer in eight-man clear-out". BBC News. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- "Andy Butler: Walsall captain rejects contract offer". BBC Sport. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- "Sheffield United: Butler and Basham become Blades". Sheffield Star. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- Andy Butler player profile at htafc.com
- Andy Butler player profile at scunthorpe-united.co.uk
- Andy Butler career stats at Soccerbase