Butterfield playing for Exeter City in 2015
|Full name||Daniel Paul Butterfield|
|Date of birth||21 November 1979|
|Place of birth||Boston, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|2009||→ Charlton Athletic (loan)||12||(0)|
|2013||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||6||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2015 (UTC).
He has previously played for Grimsby Town, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Southampton, Bolton Wanderers and Carlisle United. He is primarily utilised as a right back. However, Butterfield originally started out as a central midfielder for Palace and has played on the right of midfield as well. He also had spells for Palace as a striker whilst first choice strikers were absent.
Butterfield was educated at Boston Grammar School in Boston, Lincolnshire. He was snapped up by Grimsby Town as a youngster, and was promoted to the club's first team setup midway through the 1996–1997 season. Butterfield was primarily used as a right back while at Blundell Park and made his first team debut in a 0–0 draw with York City on 9 September 1997. Butterfield went on to make eleven appearances in the 1997–1998 season, and scored his first senior goal in the club's 1–0 Football League Trophy victory over Hull City that season. Despite playing no part in either, Butterfield was among the winning squad who earned a double Wembley win that same season, triumphing in the Football League Trophy, as well as the Second Division Play-Off Final
As the seasons progressed, Butterfield became more and more involved in club affairs, and featured often on the right side of defence and as a makeshift centre half. He was part of the Grimsby team that defeated Liverpool in the League Cup in 2001–02. (at 0–0 Butterfield kept Grimsby on level terms by clearing an Emile Heskey header off the line).
At the end of the 2001–02 season, Butterfield decided against a new contract and moved to Crystal Palace In his five years at Grimsby Town from 1997 to 2002, Butterfield featured 124 times in the League, scoring 3 times. He played under three different managers, Alan Buckley, Lennie Lawrence and Paul Groves.
He arrived at Selhurst Park in 2002 where he quickly became a favourite of the crowd. He played regularly for the next two seasons, playing in the 2004 Football League First Division play-off Final that resulted in Palace's promotion to the Premier League.
The form of Emmerson Boyce and long term injuries restricted his appearances for the next two seasons, before re-establishing himself in the right-back spot for a spell. Mid way through the 2008–09 season he was loaned out to Charlton Athletic, but he managed to regain his place in the Palace line-up the following season, despite his Eagles career appearing to be over.
Butterfield started the 2009-10 Football League Championship season as the main right back ahead of Nathaniel Clyne. However due to Palace's financial problems, that saw them put into administration, he was converted to a makeshift striker. Butterfield scored a hat-trick in the space of 6 minutes and 48 seconds during a 2009–10 FA Cup fourth round replay 3–1 win against Wolves; he scored with his left foot, right foot and his head which is described as the 'perfect hat-trick'. This is the club's fastest ever hat-trick, beating the previous record set by Dougie Freedman in 11 minutes, somewhat ironically against Butterfield's old club Grimsby Town, in a match that Palace went on to win 5–0. Palace manager Neil Warnock revealed after the game that Clyne, who had played at right-back during the game, had turned down a move to Wolves only days earlier. Had the move gone through, Butterfield would have played at right-back instead.
On 16 July 2010, he joined Southampton on a one-year deal and joined the squad in Interlaken ready for the game against FC Sochaux. On 7 August 2010, Butterfield made his debut for Southampton in a 1–0 loss against Plymouth. Since making his debut, Butterfield established himself in the starting eleven in the right back position. His good form kept Frazer Richardson out of the starting line-up and Southampton were promoted to the Championship for the 2011–12 season after their 3–1 win over Plymouth.
In his first season, Butterfield made 38 appearance (34 League, 2 League Cup and 2 FA Cup) for Southampton supplying three assists. After the end of 2010–11 season, Butterfield signed another 12 months deal. Butterfield told Saints' official website "My contract has now flowed into next season because of the amount of games I played and I'm certainly happy to be on board at a club that is going in the right direction, I think I've played a reasonable amount of games and I think I've played reasonably well all season. For us to get promoted is a massive thing for the club and for me to be a part of it, I'm really happy with that."
In his second season, Butterfield began to be used more sparingly after injury prevented him from training and he struggled to force his way back into the Southampton starting eleven. On 9 August 2011, Butterfield played 120 minutes in a match against Torquay United in a League Cup tie which Southampton won 4–1. His first league match of the 2011–12 season came on 29 October 2011 when he played 90 minutes against Middlesbrough and made an assist for Guly to score the first goal in the game after Butterfield made a cross to allow Guly to score a header. The match ended 3–0 for Southampton. Despite his fitness and injury preventing him from playing, on 17 February 2012, Butterfield signed a one-year contract extension with the club, keeping him at Southampton until June 2013.
Following the signing of Nathaniel Clyne, Butterfield made no appearances for Southampton in the Premier League in 2012–13. On 28 March 2013, he moved on loan to Bolton Wanderers, managed by his former Crystal Palace team mate Dougie Freedman and assisted by Lennie Lawrence, his old manager at Grimsby. He made his debut two days later, coming on as a second-half substitute for Marvin Sordell in the away game at former club Charlton Athletic. He made his first start for Bolton at the Reebok Stadium in the 1–0 win against Huddersfield Town.
On 4 June 2013, he was released by Southampton. In late July, Butterfield joined newly promoted Championship side Bournemouth on trial. On 23 August 2013 Butterfield signed on non-contract terms with League One side Carlisle United. He made his debut the same day, in a 1–1 draw at Colchester United. After playing only twice for United he was released by mutual consent on 2 September 2013.
- Second Division play-off winner: 1997–98
- Football League Trophy winner: 1997–98
- Supporters Young Player of the Year: 1999, 2000
Club career statistics
- As of 30 May 2013
|Club||Season[A]||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[B]||Total|
|Charlton Athletic (loan)||2008–09||12||0||0||0||0||0||-||-||12||0|
|Bolton Wanderers (loan)||2012–13||6||0||0||0||0||0||-||-||6||0|
- ^A The Crystal Palace site has been used as the source for a number of his seasons, but not for 2003/04, 2005/06 and 2007/08 because the site bundles his play-off appearances within his league totals
- ^B The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy unless stated. Other appearances whilst at Crystal Palace relate to Football League Championship play-offs.
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