Johnny Butler

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-11-1949
N/A
12-08-1981
Wigan
16-08-1981 v Blackpool Borough
Bradford Northern
1984- Fulham (on loan)
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1981-1984
47 (5)
9
0
0
28

BIOGRAPHY

John Butler by Alex Service

A case of a home-grown player who found fame with other teams! John first came to prominence with Keighley as a loose forward and went to Rochdale Hornets, where he operated essentially as a stand-off. He enjoyed particular success with five tries during the Hornetsí run to the John Player final in 1973-74, where they were beaten by Warrington. Indeed his outstanding performances made him a late replacement for the 1974 Australian Tour, when he played in 18 matches. A clever player, with great hands and elusive, John joined Salford in March 1975, a team very much in their pomp. He appeared in the 1975 Lancashire Cup final and the 1976 Premiership final, although beaten in the latter by Saintsí magnificent Dadís Army outfit. John did win a League Championship medal with the Reds at the end of the 1975-76 campaign, however.
In 1979, John moved to Wigan for a £15,000 fee and kept up his try-scoring success. A Lancashire County representative, John came to Knowsley Road in August 1981 for £10,000. Yet it was a difficult time at the club, with the team largely being rebuilt from the glory days of the 1970s. Despite this, John showed once again that he was a superb player in his first season, making over 30 appearances and scoring 9 tries. Although the rest of his time at St.Helens was not quite as successful, his on-field experience was vital in the development of young players such as Andy Platt, Shaun Allen, Roy Haggerty, Barrie Ledger and Chris Arkwright.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1981~825 0 0 34
1982~833 0 0 9
1983~84 0 0 0 1
1984~851 0 0 4
TOTALS:9 0 0 48
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
16th Aug 1981 W 6 Blackpool Borough LC1 1981~82 A 28 0 1 V
23rd Aug 1981 W 6 Barrow LC2 1981~82 H 40 17 V
30th Aug 1981 W 6 Fulham L 1981~82 H 35 4 1 V
2nd Sep 1981 L 6 Leigh LCSF 1981~82 A 6 20 V
13th Sep 1981 W 6 Leigh L 1981~82 H 16 13 1 V
20th Sep 1981 L 6 Hull K.R. L 1981~82 A 12 21 V
27th Sep 1981 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1981~82 H 33 14 V
4th Oct 1981 L 6 Warrington L 1981~82 A 11 13 V
11th Oct 1981 W 6 Bradford Northern L 1981~82 H 20 8 V
18th Oct 1981 D 6 Barrow JP1 1981~82 H 16 16 V
22nd Oct 1981 L 6 Barrow JP1 (rep) 1981~82 A 0 17 V
25th Oct 1981 D 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1981~82 A 8 8 V
1st Nov 1981 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1981~82 A 9 16 V
15th Nov 1981 W 14 Bradford Northern L 1981~82 A 20 8 Y V
22nd Nov 1981 L 14 Barrow L 1981~82 A 5 7 V
6th Dec 1981 W 6 Whitehaven L 1981~82 A 9 7 1 V
1st Jan 1982 W 6 Widnes L 1981~82 H 13 10 V
3rd Jan 1982 L 6 Leeds L 1981~82 A 4 30 V
20th Jan 1982 L 6 Castleford L 1981~82 H 10 40 V
24th Jan 1982 L 14 Leigh L 1981~82 A 5 27 V
31st Jan 1982 L 4 Hull L 1981~82 A 8 26 V
7th Feb 1982 L 4 Leeds L 1981~82 H 6 15 V
13th Feb 1982 L 4 Wigan CC1 1981~82 H 12 20 V
21st Feb 1982 W 3 York L 1981~82 A 19 7 V
28th Feb 1982 W 4 Whitehaven L 1981~82 H 41 7 1 V
14th Mar 1982 W 4 Warrington L 1981~82 H 18 10 V
21st Mar 1982 W 4 Fulham L 1981~82 A 17 2 V
4th Apr 1982 L 4 Hull K.R. L 1981~82 H 16 28 V
9th Apr 1982 W 6 Wigan L 1981~82 H 13 11 V
12th Apr 1982 W 14 Widnes L 1981~82 A 21 16 V
18th Apr 1982 W 14 Barrow L 1981~82 H 15 6 V
21st Apr 1982 L 4 Hull L 1981~82 H 13 14 V
25th Apr 1982 L 6 Wigan L 1981~82 A 5 23 V
5th May 1982 L 4 Hull PT1 1981~82 A 8 23 V
22nd Aug 1982 D 1 Leigh L 1982~83 A 19 19 V
25th Aug 1982 W 1 Bradford Northern L 1982~83 H 12 11 1 V
29th Aug 1982 L 1 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 A 10 31 V
5th Sep 1982 W 1 Widnes LC1 1982~83 A 14 12 1 V
12th Sep 1982 W 1 Oldham L 1982~83 H 20 15 V
15th Sep 1982 W 1 Barrow LC2 1982~83 A 9 6 V
26th Sep 1982 W 1 Workington Town L 1982~83 H 27 7 V
29th Sep 1982 D 1 Carlisle LCSF 1982~83 H 7 7 V
3rd Oct 1982 W 1 Featherstone Rovers L 1982~83 A 29 12 1 V
2nd Oct 1983 L 6 Oldham L 1983~84 A 6 32 V
9th Sep 1984 W 14 Leeds L 1984~85 A 21 2 V
14th Sep 1984 W 1 Runcorn Highfield LC1 1984~85 H 58 14 1 V
26th Sep 1984 W 1 Barrow LC2 1984~85 A 26 10 V
30th Sep 1984 L 1 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 A 10 30 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 47 OTHER 0 = 48
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 5 Subs) = 47

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