669 Lee Butler

Biography

Aston Villa reserve goalkeeper Lee Butler spent a month on loan with the Tigers in March 1991, starting four league games. Terry Dolan had recently taken over as City manager from Stan Ternent and used a string of loan goalkeepers in the early months of his tenure while his first choice permanent netminder, Iain Hesford, was unavailable.

Lee Simon Butler was born in Sheffield and came to football in his late teens when he played for Harworth Colliery Institute, a Central Midlands League side located south of Doncaster. Butler’s impressive form in the non-leagues encouraged Lincoln City to sign him up and he quickly broke into the Imps’ first team in 1985/86 season, making 32 starts. In August 1987 he joined Second Division Aston Villa and plied his trade in the reserves for four seasons, making just 10 first team starts, including eight in the First Division, prior to his loan spell to City.

Butler joined Barnsley in July 1991 and started an eleven season spell when he was first choice goalkeeper for each of his clubs, with the exception of two seasons in the mid 1990s. Five seasons at Barnsley (the last two of which were his fallow spell) were followed by two seasons at Wigan Athletic, a season north of the border with Dunfermline Atheltic and three seasons at Halifax Town. In 2002 Lee dropped to Conference level football with Doncaster, and he played a further six seasons in the non-leagues for Halifax Town and Alfreton Town.

By 2008, when his playing days were drawing to an end, he had started coaching goalkeepers at Halifax. Between 2008 and 2013 Butler was goalkeeping coach at Doncaster Rovers. In 2013 he joined Bradford City in a similar role, starting a working relationship with manager Phil Parkinson that endured when the former Hull City manager moved to Bolton Wanderers in 2016 and Sunderland in 2019.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 30 May 1966, Sheffield
Hull City First Game: 20 March 1991, Oldham Athletic A (Division Two), 24 years, 294 days old
Hull City Final Game: 1 April 1991, Charlton Athletic H (Division Two), 24 years, 306 days old

Clubs

Harworth Colliery Institute, Lincoln City (1986-1987), Boston United (1987, loan), Aston Villa (1987-1991), Hull City (1991, loan), Barnsley (1991-1996, loan), Scunthorpe United (1996, loan), Wigan Athletic (1996-1998), Dunfermline Athletic (1998-1999), Halifax Town (1999-2002), Doncaster Rovers (2002), Halifax Town (2002-2004), Alfreton Town (2004-2005), Halifax Town (2005-2008)

Hull City Record

Career: 4 apps, 0 goals

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