Dick Butler (footballer)

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Dick Butler
Personal information
Full name Herbert Butler
Date of birth (1911-11-18)18 November 1911
Place of birth Eastwood, England
Date of death June 1984 (1984-07) (aged 72)
Place of death Bestwood, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bestwood Colliery
1933–1939 Birmingham 10 (0)
1939 Crewe Alexandra 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Herbert Butler (18 November 1911 – June 1984), commonly known as Dick Butler, was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham and Crewe Alexandra.[1]

Butler was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. A centre half, he began his football career with Bestwood Colliery before joining Birmingham in May 1933.[2] Because of the consistency of George Morrall and then of Tom Fillingham, Butler did not make his first-team debut until 12 September 1936, deputising for Fillingham in the First Division game at home to Stoke City which Birmingham lost 4–2.[3] In nearly six years with the club, Butler was a major player for the reserve team in the Central League, but appeared only 11 times for the first team. In March 1939 he joined Crewe Alexandra,[2] but played only six league games before the Second World War put an end to his professional career.[1] During the war he made guest appearances for West Bromwich Albion.[2]

Butler died in Bestwood, Nottinghamshire in 1984 at the age of 72.[2]


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Matthews, p. 179.