Garry Butterworth

Garry Butterworth

Born 8 September 1969 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #35)

Total appearances 371 – 11 goals

(286 League, 31 FA Cup, 28 FA Trophy, 12 League Cup, 1 Championship Shield, 11 Hillier Senior Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

2 August 1994 (Home Peterborough United)

Final game:

6 May 2002 (Millennium Stadium Cheltenham Town)

Garry became a living legend with many Rushden & Diamonds fans, the midfielder making a massive 371 appearances over eight seasons at Nene Park. His impact on the club was immeasurable at a time when the club needed a natural leader on the pitch. He had begun his career as a YTS player at Peterborough United in 1986/1987, making his League debut in the final game of that season at Halifax Town. He played more games the following season, and was rewarded with a professional contract in June 1988. He became a regular in the first team in the 1989/1990 season, and won the “Player of the Season” award the following year after switching from midfield to left back. The following season however, he found himself on the bench more often than not, and was an unused substitute on no less than 24 occasions. After Peterborough’s promotion in May 1992, he was released after 153 appearances (and 3 goals), and joined the newly merged Dagenham & Redbridge.

He spent two seasons with the Daggers and it was in July 1994, that Roger Ashby brought him to Nene Park for a £22,500 transfer fee and it soon became apparent why such a fee was paid for him. He was established as captain the following season, and captained Diamonds to the Beazer Homes Premier Division title in 1996. His energetic displays in the midfield endeared him to the fans and his natural fitness – which led to Butterworth making a record 104 consecutive appearances – was a real asset. Garry picked up several awards while in with the club, winning the supporters “Player of the Season” in 1995 and 1997 and earning accolades from his fellow players in 1997. After winning his second “Player’s Player of the Season” award in 2000, he was a consistent and integral figure in Diamonds promotion season to the Football League. He also captained the England C side on several occasions.

Garry Butterworth

Garry’s final season at Nene Park saw him continue to impress in the Football League and despite the step up, he never looked out of his depth. His final appearance for Diamonds came fittingly at the Millennium Stadium where a narrow 3-1 defeat to Cheltenham failed to dampen the occasion. In total, Garry made 371 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals. This record has never come close to being broken and it is unlikely that it ever will. Such is the appreciation towards him that his testimonial against West Ham United in August 2001 gathered a gate of over 4,000 spectators – a glowing tribute to player.

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He was released in May 2002, and joined Farnborough Town for the following season, making 30 appearances. He then joined Kettering Town in the summer of 2003, before joining King’s Lynn in February 2004. After a spell with Stamford, he joined Wisbech Town in August 2005, remaining there for the season. In June 2006, he became player/manager at his hometown side Whittlesey United of the Peterborough & District Premier League. In the summer of 2007, he joined Coates Athletic from the same League and promptly won the Player “Player of the Season”. He was still playing for them during the 2009/2010 season.

Appearances

1994/1995

MCF

2.8.94

Peterboro Utd (H)

BHP

20.8.94

Cheltenham Tn (H)

BHP

23.8.94

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

BHP

27.8.94

Halesowen Tn (H)

BHP

29.8.94

Trowbridge Tn (H)

BHP

3.9.94

BurtonAlbion (H)

FAT1rq

17.9.94

Hendon (H)

FAT1r

20.9.94

Hendon (A)

HSC1

27.9.94

Desborough (H)

BHP

1.10.94

Gresley Rovers (A)

DMC1/1

4.10.94

Rothwell Town (H)

BHP

8.10.94

Crawley Town (H)

FAT2q

15.10.94

Wembley (H)

DMC1/2

18.10.94

Rothwell Town (A)

BHP

22.10.94

Dorchester Tn (A)

HSC2

25.10.94

N’ton Spencer (H)

BHP

29.10.94

Gloucester City (H)

BHP

5.11.94

Burton Albion (A)

DMC2

8.11.94

Bedworth Utd (H)

BHP

12.11.94

VS Rugby (H)

BHP

15.11.94

Trowbridge Tn (A)

BHP

19.11.94

Corby Town(A)

FAT3q

26.11.94

Crawley Town(H)

BHP

3.12.94

Leek Town (A)

BHP

10.12.94

Halesowen Tn (H)

DMC3

14.12.94

Baldock Town (H)

BHP

17.12.94

Solihull Boro (H)

BHP

26.12.94

Cambridge City (A)

BHP

31.12.94

Hastings Town (A)

BHP

2.1.95

Chelmsford City (H)

BHP

7.1.95

Worcester City (H)

BHP

14.1.95

VS Rugby (A)

DMCQ

16.1.95

Worcester City (A)

FAT1

24.1.95

Sudbury Town (H)

BHP

28.1.95

Cheltenham Tn (A)

BHP

4.2.95

Sittingbourne (H)

DMCQr

7.2.95

Worcester City (H)

BHP

18.2.95

Atherstone Utd (A)

FAT2

20.2.95

Farnborough Tn (A)

BHP

25.2.95

Gresley Rovers (H)

DMCS/1

28.2.95

Leek Town (H)

BHP

11.3.95

Corby Town (H)

HSCSF

14.3.95

Rothwell Town (A)

BHP

18.3.95

Gloucester City (A)

BHP

21.3.95

Leek Town (H)

FAT4

25.3.95

Enfield (A)

FAT4r

28.3.95

Enfield (H)

BHP

30.3.95

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

BHP

1.4.95

Atherstone Utd (H)

BHP

3.4.95

Hednesford Tn (A)

FATS/1

8.4.95

Woking (H)

BHP

11.4.95

Hednesford Tn (H)

FATS/2

15.4.95

Woking (A)

BHP

17.4.95

Cambridge City (H)

BHP

22.4.95

Solihull Boro (A)

BHP

23.4.95

Hastings Town (H)

BHP

24.4.95

Chelmsford City (A)

BHP

26.4.95

Sittingbourne (A)

BHP

29.4.95

Worcester City (A)

BHP

2.5.95

Dorchester Tn (H)

BHP

4.5.95

Sudbury Town (A)

BHP

6.5.95

Sudbury Town (H)

1995/1996

HSCF

29.7.95

Kettering Town (H)

HSCFr

31.7.95

Kettering Town (A)

BHP

19.8.95

Salisbury City (H)

BHP

21.8.95

Chelmsford City (A)

BHP

26.8.95

Crawley Town (H)

1 goal

BHP

28.8.95

Burton Albion (A)

BHP

2.9.95

Hastings Town (A)

BHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

FAC1q

9.9.95

Grantham Town (H)

BHP

16.9.95

Worcester City (A)

BHP

19.9.95

Chelmsford City (H)

FAC2q

23.9.95

EastwoodHanley(H)

BHP

30.9.95

Cheltenham Tn (A)

FAC3q

7.10.95

Sandwell Boro (A)

BHP

14.10.95

Gresley Rovers (A)

1 goal

FAC4

21.10.95

Purfleet (A)

FAC4r

24.10.95

Purfleet (H)

BHP

28.10.95

Merthyr Tydfil (A)

BHP

4.11.95

Stafford Rgrs (H)

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

BHP

15.11.95

VS Rugby (A)

BHP

18.11.95

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

BHP

21.11.95

Burton Albion (H)

BHP

25.11.95

Atherstone Utd (H)

BHP

28.11.95

Baldock Town (H)

BHP

2.12.95

Crawley Town (A)

BHP

9.12.95

Dorchester Tn (A)

BHP

12.12.95

Gloucester City (H)

BHP

16.12.95

Hastings Town (H)

BHP

23.12.95

Ilkeston Town (H)

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd (A)

FAT1

20.1.96

Purfleet (H)

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

BHP

3.2.96

Worcester City (H)

BHP

10.2.96

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

BHP

13.2.96

Baldock Town (A)

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn (H)

BHP

24.2.96

Newport (A)

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

BHP

16.3.96

Cambridge City (A)

BHP

19.3.96

Halesowen Tn (A)

BHP

23.3.96

Ilkeston Town (A)

BHP

30.3.96

Halesowen Tn (H)

BHP

4.4.96

Dorchester Tn (H)

BHP

6.4.96

Cambridge City (H)

BHP

8.4.96

Sudbury Town (A)

BHP

13.4.96

Newport (H)

BHP

16.4.96

Gresley Rovers (H)

BHP

20.4.96

Gloucester City (A)

BHP

24.4.96

Salisbury City (A)

BHP

27.4.96

Stafford Rgrs (A)

BHP

4.5.96

Merthyr Tydfil (H)

1 goal

1996/1997

SLCS

10.8.96

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

17.8.96

Altrincham (A)

Conf

20.8.96

Slough Town (A)

Conf

24.8.96

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

26.8.96

Hayes (A)

Conf

31.8.96

Stalybridge Ctc(H)

Conf

3.9.96

Macclesfield Tn (H)

Conf

7.9.96

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

9.9.96

Northwich Vic (A)

FAC1q

14.9.96

Westfields (A)

Conf

17.9.96

Farnborough (H)

Conf

21.9.96

Woking (A)

Conf

24.9.96

Stevenage Boro(H)

FAC2q

28.9.96

Gresley Rvrs (H)

Conf

30.9.96

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

5.10.96

Welling Utd (H)

SC1

8.10.96

Dover Athletic (A)

FAC3q

12.10.96

Bilston Town (H)

Conf

14.10.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

19.10.96

Gateshead (H)

FAC4q

26.10.96

Bognor Regis (H)

Conf

2.11.96

Southport (A)

Conf

9.11.96

Dover Athletic (H)

HSC2

12.11.96

Kettering Town (A)

FAC1

16.11.96

Boreham Wood (A)

Conf

23.11.96

Morecambe (A)

FAC1r

26.11.96

Boreham Wood (H)

Conf

30.11.96

Bath City (H)

Conf

7.12.96

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

14.12.96

BromsgroveRvrs(H)

SC3

16.12.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

21.12.96

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

28.12.96

Stalybridge Ctc(A)

FAT1

18.1.97

Farnborough Tn (H)

Conf

25.1.97

Farnborough Tn (A)

Conf

1.2.97

Morecambe (H)

Conf

8.2.97

Hednesford Tn (H)

Conf

22.2.97

Gateshead (A)

Conf

1.3.97

Slough Town (H)

Conf

8.3.97

Kettering Town (A)

1 goal

Conf

15.3.97

BromsgroveRvrs(A)

Conf

18.3.97

Kettering Town H)

Conf

22.3.97

Telford Utd (H)

Conf

25.3.97

Welling Utd (A)

Conf

29.3.97

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

31.3.97

Hayes (H)

Conf

5.4.97

Southport (H)

Conf

12.4.97

Bath City (A)

Conf

21.4.97

Stevenage Boro(A)

Conf

26.4.97

Halifax Town (H)

Conf

29.4.97

Woking (H)

Conf

3.5.97

Altrincham (H)

1 goal

1997/1998

Conf

25.8.97

Hednesford Tn (H)

Conf

30.8.97

Gateshead (H)

Conf

2.9.97

Slough Town (A)

Conf

6.9.97

Cheltenham Tn (A)

Conf

13.9.97

Farnborough Tn(H)

Conf

20.9.97

Yeovil Town (A)

Conf

27.9.97

Southport (A)

Conf

4.10.97

Woking (H)

SC1

7.10.97

Hayes (A)

Conf

11.10.97

Hereford Utd (H)

Conf

18.10.97

Kidderminster (A)

FAC4q

25.10.97

Boreham Wood(H)

1 goal

FAC4qr

28.10.97

Boreham Wood(A)

Conf

15.11.97

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

22.11.97

Morecambe (A)

Conf

25.11.97

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

29.11.97

Hayes (H)

Conf

6.12.97

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

13.12.97

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

20.12.97

Hayes (A)

Conf

26.12.97

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

1.1.98

Stevenage Boro(A)

FAT1

10.1.98

Farnborough Tn(H)

Conf

17.1.98

Southport (H)

Conf

24.1.98

Dover Athletic (A)

HSCSF

27.1.98

Raunds Town (H)

FAT2

31.1.98

Cheltenham Tn (A)

Conf

7.2.98

Halifax Town (H)

1 goal

Conf

14.2.98

Gateshead (A)

Conf

28.2.98

Stalybridge Ctc(H)

Conf

7.3.98

Cheltenham Tn (H)

Conf

14.3.98

Woking (A)

Conf

21.3.98

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

4.4.98

Telford Utd (A)

1998/1999

Conf

10.10.98

Farnborough Tn (A)

FAC3q

17.10.98

Forest Green (H)

Conf

24.10.98

Morecambe (H)

Conf

7.11.98

Hednesford Tn (A)

FAC4q

9.11.98

Leatherhead (A)

FAC4qr

11.11.98

Leatherhead (H)

FAC1

14.11.98

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

FAT2

21.11.98

Bath City (H)

Conf

28.11.98

Cheltenham Tn (A)

FAC2

5.12.98

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

12.12.98

Telford Utd (A)

FAC2r

15.12.98

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

Conf

19.12.98

Farnborough Tn(H)

Conf

26.12.98

Stevenage Boro(A)

Conf

28.12.98

Woking (H)

FAC3

2.1.99

Leeds Utd (H)

Conf

9.1.99

Barrow (A)

FAC3r

13.1.99

Leeds Utd (A)

Conf

23.1.99

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

FAT3

25.1.99

Slough Town (A)

Conf

30.1.99

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

2.2.99

Kidderminster (H)

FAT4

6.2.99

Woking (A)

FAT4r

9.2.99

Woking (H)

Conf

13.2.99

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

6.3.99

Hayes (A)

Conf

20.3.99

Morecambe (A)

as sub

Conf

23.3.99

Leek Town (A)

as sub

HSCSr

10.4.99

Cogenhoe Utd (H)

HSCF

18.4.99

Raunds Town (A)

Conf

20.4.99

Kingstonian (H)

Conf

24.4.99

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

26.4.99

Forest Green (H)

Conf

1.5.99

Kettering Town (H)

1999/2000

MCF

31.7.99

Northampton Tn(H)

Conf

14.8.99

Morecambe (A)

Conf

17.8.99

Telford Utd (H)

Conf

21.8.99

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

28.8.99

Sutton Utd (A)

Conf

30.8.99

Welling Utd (H)

Conf

4.9.99

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

7.9.99

Hayes (H)

Conf

11.9.99

Woking (H)

Conf

14.9.99

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

18.9.99

Southport (H)

Conf

25.9.99

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

28.9.99

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

2.10.99

Altrincham (A)

Conf

9.10.99

Kingstonian (H)

FAC4q

16.10.99

Sutton Utd (H)

Conf

23.10.99

Scarborough (A)

FAC1

29.10.99

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

Conf

2.11.99

Nuneaton Boro (A)

Conf

6.11.99

Dover Athetic (H)

Conf

13.11.99

Yeovil Town (A)

FAC2

20.11.99

Ilkeston Town (A)

NT2

23.11.99

Telford Utd (H)

FAT2

27.11.99

Havant & W (H)

FAC2r

30.11.99

Ilkeston Town (H)

Conf

4.12.99

Hayes (A)

FAC3

12.12.99

Sheffield Utd (A)

FAC3r

21.12.99

Sheffield Utd (H)

Conf

27.12.99

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

3.1.00

Stevenage Boro(A)

FAT3

15.1.00

Bath City (A)

Conf

22.1.00

Forest Green (A)

Conf

29.1.00

Northwich Vic (H)

FAT4

5.2.00

Billericay Tn (A)

FAT4r

8.2.00

Billericay Tn (H)

Conf

12.2.00

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

15.2.00

Forest Green (H)

Conf

19.2.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

22.2.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

FAT5

26.2.00

Marine (H)

Conf

4.3.00

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

7.3.00

Yeovil Town (H)

FAT6

11.3.00

Sutton Utd (A)

FAT6r

14.3.00

Sutton Utd (H)

Conf

18.3.00

Sutton Utd (H)

1 goal

Conf

25.3.00

Hereford Utd (H)

Conf

28.3.00

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

1.4.00

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

4.4.00

Morecambe (H)

Conf

8.4.00

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

11.4.00

Woking (A)

Conf

15.4.00

Altrincham (H)

Conf

22.4.00

Southport (A)

Conf

29.4.00

Scarborough (H)

Conf

1.5.00

Welling (A)

Conf

6.5.00

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

2000/2001

Conf

19.8.00

Chester City (H)

Conf

21.8.00

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

26.8.00

Dagenham&Red(A)

Conf

28.8.00

Southport (H)

Conf

2.9.00

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

5.9.00

Stevenage Boro (H)

Conf

9.9.00

Forest Green (H)

Conf

12.9.00

Scarborough (A)

Conf

16.9.00

Woking (A)

Conf

23.9.00

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

26.9.00

Dagenham&Red (H)

Conf

30.9.00

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

3.10.00

Leigh RMI (A)

Conf

8.10.00

Boston Utd (H)

Conf

14.10.00

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

21.10.00

Morecambe (A)

FAC4q

28.10.00

Grantham Town (H)

as sub

Conf

31.10.00

Hayes (H)

Conf

4.11.00

Yeovil Town (H)

Conf

11.11.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

2.12.00

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

16.12.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

26.12.00

Nuneaton Boro (A)

Conf

1.1.01

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

6.1.01

Southport (A)

FAT3

13.1.01

Hayes (A)

Conf

27.1.01

Stevenage Boro (A)

FAT4

3.2.01

Marine (A)

Conf

10.2.01

Forest Green (A)

Conf

17.2.01

Scarborough (H)

Conf

20.2.01

Northwich Vic (H)

FAT5

24.2.01

Forest Green (A)

Conf

3.3.01

Woking (H)

Conf

10.3.01

Boston Utd (A)

Conf

13.3.01

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

17.3.01

Kingstonian (H)

Conf

25.3.01

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

31.3.01

Leigh RMI (H)

Conf

7.4.01

Morecambe (H)

Conf

14.4.01

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

16.4.01

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

Conf

21.4.01

Yeovil Town (A)

Conf

24.4.01

Telford Utd (H)

1 goal

Conf

28.4.01

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

2001/2002 – squad number 7

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

D3

16.8.01

Lincoln City (H)

WC1

21.8.01

Burnley (A)

D3

25.8.01

Macclesfield Tn(A)

D3

27.8.01

Plymouth Arg (H)

D3

1.9.01

Oxford Utd (A)

D3

18.9.01

Torquay Utd (H)

D3

22.9.01

Cheltenham Tn (H)

D3

25.9.01

Exeter City (A)

D3

29.9.01

Darlington (A)

D3

5.10.01

Hartlepool Utd (H)

D3

13.10.01

Rochdale (A)

D3

20.10.01

Hull City (H)

D3

23.10.01

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

D3

27.10.01

Mansfield Town (H)

D3

3.11.01

Swansea City (A)

D3

10.11.01

Halifax Town (A)

FAC1

17.11.01

Worcester City (A)

D3

20.11.01

Scunthorpe Utd(H)

D3

24.11.01

Kidderminster (A)

D3

1.12.01

Bristol Rvrs (H)

FAC2

8.12.01

Brighton &HA (A)

D3

15.12.01

Luton Town (A)

D3

22.12.01

Carlisle Utd (H)

D3

26.12.01

Southend Utd (A)

1 goal

D3

29.12.01

Plymouth Arg (A)

D3

12.1.02

Lincoln City (A)

D3

19.1.02

York City (H)

D3

2.2.02

Darlington (H)

as sub

D3

26.2.02

Torquay Utd (A)

D3

2.3.02

Cheltenham Tn (A)

D3

20.4.02

Halifax Town (A)

D3PO/1

27.4.02

Rochdale (H)

1 goal

D3PO/2

30.4.02

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