Garth Butler

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Garth Butler
Personal information
Full name Walter Garth Butler[1]
Date of birth (1923-02-07)7 February 1923[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England[1]
Date of death 13 July 1995(1995-07-13) (aged 72)
Place of death Ilfracombe, England
Playing position Full-back
Youth career
Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1951 Port Vale 128 (0)
Total 128 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Walter Garth Butler (7 February 1923 – 13 July 1995) was an English footballer. He was nicknamed "the assassin" for his habit of taking several different coloured pills before a match.

Playing career[edit]

Butler joined Port Vale from Derby County in June 1946.[1] He played 12 Third Division South games in the 1946–47 season and featured in 39 league and one FA Cup game in the 1947–48 campaign.[1] He continued to be a key part of manager Gordon Hodgson's first team plans, and played 34 games in the 1948–49 season and made 43 appearances in the 1949–50 campaign.[1] He featured just five times for the "Valiants" in the 1950–51 season, and was forced to retire from professional football in October 1951 after proving unable to recover from a knee injury.[1] He had played 134 league and cup games during his five years at The Old Recreation Ground / Vale Park.[1]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Garth Butler profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1946–47 Third Division South 12 0 0 0 12 0
1947–48 Third Division South 39 0 1 0 40 0
1948–49 Third Division South 33 0 1 0 34 0
1949–50 Third Division South 39 0 4 0 43 0
1950–51 Third Division South 5 0 0 0 5 0
1951–52 Third Division South 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 128 0 6 0 134 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 49. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.