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Member of the Southport FC Former Players Association
Real Name: Brian Francis Butler
Normal Position: Midfielder
Born: 04/07/1966 (Salford)

Brian ButlerBrian was captain of the Wembley team and will be forever remembered for his tears on the pitch at the end of the game. The Daily Post featured a superb photograph of Brian on its front page the day after the match sat on the pitch in tears(we would like to have included this picture but the copyright charge was astronomical!) Born in Salford on 4 July 1966 Brian made 88 full league appearances plus 2 as sub and scored 8 goals. He made his debut on the opening day of the 1996/97 season in a 1-1 draw against Hayes with his final game coming in the last game of the 1998/99 season, a 1-0 defeat at Forest Green Rovers. Brian featured in many Best All Time X1�s for Southport such was his popularity at the club and his never say die attitude ensured he went down on many a list.
Never ever gave less than 100% in any game and his appearance at the Wembley Reunion Match saw him looking as fit as ever. His son Callum who was mascot at Wembley also played in the match and looked a fine prospect.
Brian had also been to the twin towers with Northwich and knew the pain of losing having been beaten by Macclesfield Town.
As well as Northwich and Southport Brian played for Blackpool, Stockport and Halifax in the Football League clocking up 134 appearances and getting on the scoresheet 11 times.
He was a tough tackling midfielder who on reaching Wembley said \"Wembley - what does it mean? What did it mean to Moore, Keegan and now Shearer? \'A Theatre of Dreams\', \'The Home of Football\' - the Pinnacle of any career!
Yes, Wembley means all of these things, but to anyone who ever kicked a ball or maybe just watched \"


WEMBLEY IS THE DREAM. To describe the occasion, having had the fortune to have experienced it once before, is not so simple. The awe, the excitement, the desire to play well and the ultimate wish - to win, cannot really ever be given in true meaning in words. I am honoured to have played a part in realising not only my own ambitions but to have also contributed to fulfilling the aspirations of so many other people and to have given some small return to those people who have been needed
along the way, from supporters, family, friends and parents. Which father could fail to feel proud to see his son set foot on Wembley as reward for all the sacrifices and time spent nurturing on cold, wet Sunday afternoons?
My lasting memory will be, not of the fulfillment of lifelong ambitions on my part, but of the possibility of creating a new dream in the mind of one particular seven year old. A dream that with commitment, endeavour and enthusiasm, the game of football can bring unparalleled satisfaction and joy to us and so many others and with luck no dreams are unfulfillable.\" A great guy!
Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Complete Non-League History of Southport Football Club 1978 - 2008, by Trust in Yellow (Legends Publishing, 2008). ISBN 978-1-906796-01-3



Season From To Value
1996/1997 NORTHWICH VICS Southport



Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1996/1997 3905
1997/1998 4505
1998/1999 2840
Total 112 4 10


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
07/08/1999 Liverpool Senior Cup / FinalH BURSCOUGH 6 - 3
01/05/1999 League / ConferenceA FOREST GREEN ROVERS 0 - 1
28/04/1999 League / ConferenceA KINGSTONIAN 2 - 0
24/04/1999 League / ConferenceH LEEK TOWN 3 - 1
17/04/1999 League / ConferenceH KETTERING TOWN 0 - 1
10/04/1999 League / ConferenceA WELLING UNITED 1 - 2
05/04/1999 League / ConferenceH MORECAMBE 1 - 0
03/04/1999 League / ConferenceH HEDNESFORD TOWN 1 - 1
01/04/1999 Liverpool Senior Cup / SFH TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 0
30/03/1999 League / ConferenceH WOKING 0 - 0
16/03/1999 League / ConferenceA LEEK TOWN 0 - 0
13/03/1999 League / ConferenceH DOVER ATHLETIC 3 - 0
09/03/1999 FA Trophy / 5RH WOKING 1 - 0
27/02/1999 FA Trophy / 5A WOKING 0 - 0
23/02/1999 League / ConferenceA RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 1 - 3
20/02/1999 League / ConferenceH FARNBOROUGH TOWN 2 - 2
16/02/1999 League / ConferenceH HEREFORD UNITED 0 - 0
13/02/1999 League / ConferenceA NORTHWICH VICS 2 - 1
09/02/1999 Liverpool Senior Cup / 2A SKELMERSDALE UNITED 6 - 2
06/02/1999 FA Trophy / 4A RUNCORN 3 - 2
02/02/1999 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3H LANCASTER CITY 2 - 0
30/01/1999 League / ConferenceH CHELTENHAM TOWN 0 - 2
23/01/1999 League / ConferenceA HEDNESFORD TOWN 1 - 3
16/01/1999 FA Trophy / 3A LEIGH RMI 1 - 0
09/01/1999 League / ConferenceH YEOVIL TOWN 2 - 3
05/01/1999 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2H BARROW 2 - 0
05/12/1998 FA Cup / 2A MANSFIELD TOWN 2 - 1
28/11/1998 League / ConferenceA FARNBOROUGH TOWN 1 - 1
24/11/1998 FA Trophy / 2RH ATHERSTONE UNITED 2 - 1
21/11/1998 FA Trophy / 2A ATHERSTONE UNITED 0 - 0
14/11/1998 FA Cup / 1A DULWICH HAMLET 1 - 0
05/09/1998 League / ConferenceA STEVENAGE BORO 0 - 0
31/08/1998 League / ConferenceA HEREFORD UNITED 2 - 2
29/08/1998 League / ConferenceH RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 0 - 1
25/08/1998 League / ConferenceH NORTHWICH VICS 2 - 2
22/08/1998 League / ConferenceA WOKING 3 - 2
18/08/1998 League / ConferenceA DONCASTER ROVERS 1 - 0
15/08/1998 League / ConferenceH TELFORD UNITED 2 - 1
17/05/1998 FA Trophy / FinalN CHELTENHAM TOWN 0 - 1
08/05/1998 Liverpool Senior Cup / SFH LIVERPOOL 2 - 3
02/05/1998 League / ConferenceA CHELTENHAM TOWN 0 - 2
30/04/1998 League / ConferenceH DOVER ATHLETIC 0 - 1
28/04/1998 League / ConferenceH TELFORD UNITED 1 - 2
25/04/1998 League / ConferenceH YEOVIL TOWN 2 - 1
23/04/1998 League / ConferenceA FARNBOROUGH TOWN 2 - 3
21/04/1998 Lancashire Junior Cup / FinalN MORECAMBE 2 - 0
13/04/1998 League / ConferenceA HALIFAX TOWN 3 - 4
11/04/1998 League / ConferenceH STEVENAGE BORO 1 - 0
08/04/1998 League / ConferenceH NORTHWICH VICS 0 - 2
05/04/1998 FA Trophy / SF2LH SLOUGH TOWN 1 - 1
31/03/1998 League / ConferenceA YEOVIL TOWN 0 - 0
28/03/1998 FA Trophy / SF1LA SLOUGH TOWN 1 - 0
17/03/1998 FA Trophy / QFRH GRANTHAM TOWN 3 - 1
14/03/1998 FA Trophy / QFA GRANTHAM TOWN 1 - 1
07/03/1998 League / ConferenceA KETTERING TOWN 1 - 2
03/03/1998 League / ConferenceH HEREFORD UNITED 0 - 0
28/02/1998 League / ConferenceH WOKING 0 - 0
24/02/1998 Lancashire Junior Cup / SFA ACCRINGTON STANLEY 1 - 0
21/02/1998 FA Trophy / 3A ALTRINCHAM 2 - 0
14/02/1998 League / ConferenceA KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1 - 1
07/02/1998 League / ConferenceH HAYES 0 - 2
03/02/1998 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3H BARROW 1 - 0
31/01/1998 FA Trophy / 2A YEADING 6 - 0
24/01/1998 League / ConferenceH WELLING UNITED 3 - 1
17/01/1998 League / ConferenceA RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 0 - 1
13/01/1998 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2H MARINE 4 - 0
10/01/1998 FA Trophy / 1H WINSFORD UNITED 3 - 0
01/01/1998 League / ConferenceH MORECAMBE 1 - 1
29/12/1997 League / ConferenceA STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 3 - 1
26/12/1997 League / ConferenceA MORECAMBE 0 - 2
20/12/1997 League / ConferenceH GATESHEAD 3 - 1
22/11/1997 League / ConferenceH STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 4 - 2
15/11/1997 FA Cup / 1H YORK CITY 0 - 4
08/11/1997 League / ConferenceA TELFORD UNITED 2 - 2
01/11/1997 League / ConferenceH KETTERING TOWN 2 - 1
25/10/1997 FA Cup / 4QH NORTH FERRIBY 2 - 0
18/10/1997 League / ConferenceA HEREFORD UNITED 1 - 1
11/10/1997 League / ConferenceH KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1 - 2
07/10/1997 Conference League Cup / 1A LEEK TOWN 1 - 3
04/10/1997 League / ConferenceA WELLING UNITED 5 - 3
27/09/1997 League / ConferenceH RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 3 - 2
20/09/1997 League / ConferenceA HEDNESFORD TOWN 1 - 2
13/09/1997 League / ConferenceA WOKING 1 - 1
07/09/1997 League / ConferenceH SLOUGH TOWN 1 - 2
03/09/1997 League / ConferenceA GATESHEAD 2 - 0
30/08/1997 League / ConferenceH FARNBOROUGH TOWN 3 - 1
25/08/1997 League / ConferenceH HALIFAX TOWN 0 - 0
23/08/1997 League / ConferenceA STEVENAGE BORO 0 - 1
19/08/1997 League / ConferenceA LEEK TOWN 1 - 0
16/08/1997 League / ConferenceH HEDNESFORD TOWN 4 - 1
29/04/1997 League / ConferenceA MORECAMBE 1 - 2
26/04/1997 League / ConferenceA KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 0 - 3
22/04/1997 Lancashire Junior Cup / FinalN ACCRINGTON STANLEY 3 - 0
19/04/1997 League / ConferenceH STEVENAGE BORO 0 - 0
15/03/1997 League / ConferenceA MACCLESFIELD TOWN 2 - 3
12/03/1997 Liverpool Senior Cup / 2RH TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 2
08/03/1997 League / ConferenceH FARNBOROUGH TOWN 0 - 3
03/03/1997 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3RH BURSCOUGH 6 - 0
01/03/1997 League / ConferenceA DOVER ATHLETIC 1 - 0
25/02/1997 Liverpool Senior Cup / 2H TRANMERE ROVERS 3 - 3
22/02/1997 League / ConferenceH DOVER ATHLETIC 0 - 1
15/02/1997 League / ConferenceA WOKING 1 - 0
11/02/1997 League / ConferenceA STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 2 - 2
08/02/1997 FA Trophy / 2A COLWYN BAY 0 - 2
03/02/1997 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3A BURSCOUGH 0 - 0
01/02/1997 League / ConferenceA BATH CITY 2 - 0
25/01/1997 League / ConferenceH WELLING UNITED 3 - 2
28/12/1996 League / ConferenceH HEDNESFORD TOWN 1 - 2
22/12/1996 Conference League Cup / 2A STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 1 - 2
20/12/1996 League / ConferenceA NORTHWICH VICS 1 - 5
17/12/1996 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1H WARRINGTON TOWN 7 - 0
14/12/1996 League / ConferenceH ALTRINCHAM 1 - 3
07/12/1996 League / ConferenceH BROMSGROVE ROVERS 0 - 0
30/11/1996 League / ConferenceA FARNBOROUGH TOWN 3 - 3
26/11/1996 League / ConferenceH GATESHEAD 1 - 1
16/11/1996 FA Cup / 1A HEDNESFORD TOWN 1 - 2
09/11/1996 League / ConferenceH MACCLESFIELD TOWN 1 - 5
06/11/1996 League / ConferenceA ALTRINCHAM 0 - 1
02/11/1996 League / ConferenceH RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 2 - 1
29/10/1996 FA Cup / 4QRH SPENNYMOOR UNITED 2 - 1
26/10/1996 FA Cup / 4QA SPENNYMOOR UNITED 2 - 2
19/10/1996 League / ConferenceA HEDNESFORD TOWN 1 - 0
12/10/1996 FA Cup / 3QH BURTON ALBION 4 - 1
05/10/1996 League / ConferenceA STEVENAGE BORO 1 - 2
30/09/1996 FA Cup / 2QRA EMLEY 3 - 2
28/09/1996 FA Cup / 2QH EMLEY 1 - 1
21/09/1996 League / ConferenceA KETTERING TOWN 1 - 0
17/09/1996 League / ConferenceH NORTHWICH VICS 0 - 0
14/09/1996 FA Cup / 1QA ROSSENDALE UNITED 5 - 0
11/09/1996 League / ConferenceA GATESHEAD 2 - 2
07/09/1996 League / ConferenceH SLOUGH TOWN 0 - 1
03/09/1996 League / ConferenceA TELFORD UNITED 0 - 1
31/08/1996 League / ConferenceH KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1 - 0
26/08/1996 League / ConferenceH HALIFAX TOWN 2 - 1
24/08/1996 League / ConferenceA BROMSGROVE ROVERS 1 - 0
20/08/1996 League / ConferenceH STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 3 - 0
17/08/1996 League / ConferenceA HAYES 1 - 1
03/08/1996 Lancashire Senior Cup / Group AH WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 - 2
27/07/1996 Lancashire Senior Cup / Group AH PRESTON NORTH END 2 - 2

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
10/01/1998FA Trophy / 1H WINSFORD UNITED 3 - 0
29/12/1997League / ConferenceA STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 3 - 1
22/11/1997League / ConferenceH STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 4 - 2
20/09/1997League / ConferenceA HEDNESFORD TOWN 1 - 2
16/08/1997League / ConferenceH HEDNESFORD TOWN 4 - 1
01/03/1997League / ConferenceA DOVER ATHLETIC 1 - 0
17/12/1996Liverpool Senior Cup / 1H WARRINGTON TOWN 7 - 0
30/11/1996League / ConferenceA FARNBOROUGH TOWN 3 - 3
26/11/1996League / ConferenceH GATESHEAD 1 - 1
02/11/1996League / ConferenceH RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 2 - 1
30/09/1996FA Cup / 2QRA EMLEY 3 - 2
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