Guy Butters

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Guy Butters
Personal information
Full name Guy Butters
Date of birth (1969-10-30) 30 October 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Hillingdon, England
Height 190.5 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender - Left Footed
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Tottenham Hotspur 35 (1)
1990Southend United (loan) 16 (3)
1990–1996 Portsmouth 154 (6)
1994Oxford United (loan) 3 (1)
1996–2002 Gillingham 159 (16)
2002–2008 Brighton & Hove Albion 187 (8)
2003Barnet (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2010 Havant & Waterlooville 3 (0)
2009Lewes (loan) 7 (0)
Total 571 (35)
National team
1989 England U-21 3 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2012 Winchester City
2012–2014 Eastleigh (Assistant Manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2008

Guy Butters (born 30 October 1969 in Hillingdon) is a former football professional footballer and non league manager.

Playing career[edit]

Butters made his Tottenham debut in November 1988 in a League Cup tie versus Blackburn Rovers in which he scored an own goal. He made his League debut as a goalscoring substitute that weekend in a 3–2 win against Wimbledon, and then started 34 of the next 35 games before making what would be his final appearance away to Charlton Athletic in October 1989. He spent the remainder of the season on loan at 4th Division Southend United and he was eventually sold to Portsmouth for a fee of £375,000.

He won his first of 3 South East Counties Football League Championships whilst still at school with Spurs. After leaving school he joined them as an apprentice winning Best Defender of the Tournament at the prestigious Düsseldorf Football Tournament 2 years on the trot, firstly beating the Russian National Youth Team in the first year and getting knocked out the semi finals in the following.[citation needed]

After his apprenticeship he got into the first team within 4 months of being made a pro in 1988, and scored on his league debut versus Wimbledon. During this time he represented England U21’s in the Toulon Tournament in France. He won Young Player of the Year for season 89/90. He became the only ever U21 'Rest of the World Team' Captain at the Tournament when he skippered the side against Senegal after the Dutch team went home due to a Sourinam plane crash (some of the players were of Sourinam origin).[citation needed]

After leaving Spurs he joined Portsmouth FC in 1990 and went on to be a part of 1992 FA Cup semi final squad, and also the squad that narrowly missed out in the play-off semi finals the following season.

He spent six years at Gillingham FC signing for them in October 1996. He played in the Play Off Final at Wembley against Manchester City missing the deciding penalty, but helped the next season by gaining Promotion to second tier football beating Wigan. He was part of team that played in the FA Cup quarter finals against Chelsea.[citation needed]

In 2002 he joined Brighton and Hove Albion. He was part of the team that gained promotion to the Championship beating Bristol City at the Millennium Stadium in 2004 under manager Mark McGee. He also won Player of the Year in this season as well as the BBC South East Sports Award for Player of the Year.[citation needed]

Butters played his 600th professional game during 2006 having been runner-up in the club's official player of the season awards for the two previous years.[citation needed]

On 6 May 2008, it was confirmed that Butters, along with experienced trio Kerry Mayo, Gary Hart and Paul Reid were to be released from the club.[1]

He ended his professional career but carried on playing non league for a few years beyond this. Butters initially joined Winchester on loan as a player from Havant & Waterlooville in the Conference South following his release from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Butters agreed to join Conference South team Havant & Waterlooville on 30 May 2008, signing a one-year contract.[2] He signed for Lewes on loan in January 2009.[3]

In May 2008 BHA offered him a full time role working for BHAFC’s Albion in the Community as a mentor and fundraiser where he still currently works now. He is also a Lounge Host on home match days.

Managerial career[edit]

Butters left his job as manager of Winchester City on 1 October 2012, to go back to Brighton & Hove Albion, where he was to work for their charity arm, 'Albion in the Community'.[4] But this move was short-lived, when less than a week later he joined Conference South club Eastleigh as assistant manager to newly appointed manager Richard Hill.[5]

Former assistant manager with Conference South side Eastleigh [6] after leaving his role as manager at Winchester City. Butters took over at Winchester City in the Wessex League, having been appointed to replace Glenn Cockerill in September 2010. He gained them promotion from the Wessex League before moving on to Eastleigh.


  1. ^ Albion release experienced quartet The Argus, 6 May 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2008
  2. ^ Butters to Bring Experience to Westleigh Park, 30 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008
  3. ^ "Rooks borrow Butters". 21 January 2009.
  4. ^ [1] Butters Leaves City for Brighton, 1 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012
  5. ^ [2] Guy Butters, 5 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012
  6. ^ "New Manager At Winchester City". Southern League Clubs. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.

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