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Butterfield at Carrow Road, August 2012
|Full name||Jacob Luke Butterfield|
|Date of birth||10 June 1990|
|Place of birth||Bradford, England,|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2012–2013||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||8||(0)|
|2013||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:02, 18 September 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Bradford, Butterfield has been described as a star of the future for Barnsley by Simon Davey. He made his debut for Barnsley in a League Cup tie against Newcastle United in August 2007 coming on as a substitute for Martin Devaney during a 2–0 loss. Butterfield also made a substitute appearance in Barnsley's 2008 FA Cup Semi-Final against Cardiff.
Butterfield scored his first senior goal on 8 August 2009 with a 59th-minute goal at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday. This goal proved to be vital as it spurred Barnsley on to claw back to 2–2 as Barnsley were 2–0 down at half time. He also made an appearance coming on as a substitute versus Manchester United in a league cup tie in which Barnsley suffered a 2–0 defeat.
On 17 September 2011, he captained Barnsley in their 1–1 draw at home to Watford. At just 21 years old this made him the youngest ever captain in Barnsley's history.
Butterfield missed the rest of the 2011–12 season after an injury following a tackle at the New Year Eve game with Leeds United bringing his "amazing" form to an end. Scans taken after the match showed it to be torn anterior cruciate ligaments. His season ending by this tackle meant he finished the season with five goals to his name. A growing reputation in The Championship, described by his manager Keith Hill as the best midfielder in the league.
Loan to Bolton Wanderers
On 8 November, Butterfield joined Bolton Wanderers on loan for a month, this becoming Dougie Freedman's first signing since taking over at the Reebok Stadium. He made his debut on 17 November, in a 1–1 draw at home against his former club Barnsley. The loan was extended outside the Window by another month on 1 December. Butterfield left Bolton and went back to Norwich City on 3 January 2013.
Loan to Crystal Palace
On 16 January 2013, it was announced that Butterfield had signed on loan for Crystal Palace, where he was given the squad number six. He made his début on 19 January, where he was part of the starting eleven, in a goalless draw against Bolton Wanderers. His last appearance for Crystal Palace was on 5 March, when he started in the 4–2 victory over Hull City. He returned to Norwich before the end of that month.
On 2 September 2013, Butterfield signed a three-year contract, with a one-year option to extend, at Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut in a 3-1 defeat at Ipswich Town on 14 September 2013. He scored his first goal for the club in a 4-1 win over Yeovil Town on 5th October 2013.
- As of 5 March 2013.
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||FL Trophy||Play-offs||Total||Discipline|
|2012–13||Norwich City||Premier League||0||0||0||0||2||0||–||–||–||–||2||0||0||0|
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