Joe Butcher

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Joe Butcher
Personal information
Full name Joseph Henry Butcher
Date of birth (1875-02-13)13 February 1875
Place of birth Willenhall, West Midlands, England
Date of death 1945 (aged 69–70)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1892 Wolverhampton East End
1892–1895 Wolverhampton Wanderers 65 (26)
West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph Henry Butcher (13 February 1875 – 1945) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers, with whom he won the 1893 FA Cup.


Butcher began his career with amateur side Wolverhampton East End, before joining the city's Football League side Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1892. He made his club debut on 24 September 1892 when he scored in a 3-0 victory over Notts County. In only his fifth appearance for the club, he netted all five goals in a 5-3 win against Accrington, a club record never bettered.

He was a member of Wolves' 1893 FA Cup winning team, playing in the 1-0 triumph against Everton that won the club their first FA Cup. Butcher had previously scored goals in both the quarter-final and semi-final to help them to the showpiece final.

The forward was Wolves' leading goalscorer in the 1893-94 season, with 14 goals, but the next campaign was an injury-hampered one and he only managed two further goals for the club. He scored a total of 30 goals in 76 appearances.

He joined local rivals and fellow First Division side, West Bromwich Albion, in Summer 1895. However, he suffered a career-ending injury before he was able to make his first team debut. This forced him into a premature playing retirement aged 21.

A copy of his contract was buried in a time capsule along with Steve Bull's during the redevelopment of Molineux in 1994.


  • Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3.