Tom Butler (footballer)
|Full name||Thomas Butler|
|Place of birth||Darlaston, England|
|Date of death||11 November 1923|
|Place of death||Hackney, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Thomas Butler (died 11 November 1923) was an English footballer who played as an inside-left. He played 60 league games in the Football League, scoring 23 goals. He played for non-league Willenhall, before spending the 1921–22 season at Walsall. He joined Port Vale via Darlaston in December 1922. He broke his arm in a game on 3 November 1923, and died eight days later from a subsequent tetanus infection.
Butler started his career at Birmingham & District League side Willenhall, before joining Walsall in 1921. He played 28 Third Division North games for the "Saddlers" in 1921–22, scoring 12 goals. He then returned to semi-professional football with Darlaston.
He had a one-month trial at Second Division Port Vale in December 1922, and manager Joe Schofield signed him permanently for £100 the following month. Butler was a huge success in the 1922–23 season, becoming top scorer with nine goals in 26 games. At the end of the season he played in a defeat to local rivals Stoke in the North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup.
He started 1923–24 by scoring in a defeat to Stoke at The Old Recreation Ground. However, after scoring in a 1–1 draw with Clapton Orient on 3 November he suffered a compound fracture of the left arm; he died from tetanus (also called lockjaw) eight days later in Hackney Hospital after complications had set in.
- Sourced from Tom Butler profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
|Walsall||1921–22||Third Division North||28||12||6||3||34||15|
|Port Vale||1922–23||Second Division||25||9||0||0||25||9|
- with Port Vale
- North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup winner: 1923