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Butcher appointed Chairman of Lowestoft
Saturday, September 4, 2021 09:39
Blues legend Terry Butcher has been named the new president of his hometown club Lowestoft Town.
Butcher, 62, used to attend games at Crown Meadow as a boy with his father Leonard, who remains a season ticket holder for the Trawler Boys, or his uncle.
Recently, the former English skipper had a gym at his old school, Red Oak Primary, formerly known as Fen Park, renamed in his honor.
“Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Grammar School, Ashlea boys club, Fen Park, Normanston Park pitch one – that’s where I learned my football,” Butcher said on the club’s official website. “Lowestoft is a great place for football.
“I was back in Lowestoft [to watch the first match of the season, a 3-1 defeat to Barwell] and it all happened very quickly.
“It was nice to go back to Crown Meadow and I saw that a lot of things had changed but it was really good – other than the result – and really nice to be sitting there in the stands again.”
He added: “The president had been in contact, obviously my father has a subscription.
“It should have been around 1966, when I was six or seven, that I remember going to Crown Meadow with my dad, or uncle, if my dad was working.
“Lowestoft then had a very good team with Mick Tooley scoring all goals, Roy ‘Rocky’ Stephenson [previously a member of Sir Alf Ramsey’s Town side] on the wing – they had a great team.
“They were winning 8-4, 6-3 games in the Eastern Counties League and it was a good time.
“I remember how I was playing behind the goal at Crown Meadow, in front of the locker room, back then.”
Lowestoft has currently loaned three City youngsters, Colin Oppong, Ola Bello and Tommy Smith, all members of the U23 Blues squad that Butcher worked with alongside Kieron Dyer last season.
“Playing men’s football is definitely different from playing college football and it’s great that Lowestoft currently has the three guys on loan from Ipswich,” he continued.
“Last year [Town U23s defender] Levi [Andoh] was on loan and although he’s now moved on to another team, he’s certainly taken advantage of it.
“I spoke to Colin [Oppong] and said if he doesn’t play well and play well at Lowestoft I will know!
“Certainly he did very well on loan last season and he was eager to return to Crown Meadow – and I hope all three guys enjoy it.”
Commenting on his new role at Lowestoft, he added: “I think it’s a real honor for me. It is certainly something that I have never thought of and it is a very beautiful honor to have.
“To be recognized and to be invited to be club president is fantastic. Obviously, I have a lot of contacts and I want to help the club and make it known.
Lowestoft Town President Gary Keyzor said: “It was after John [Batchelor] resigned as club president, we discussed it at the board level and Terry was the most outstanding choice.
“He grew up in Lowestoft, went to school in the city and became captain of England.
“Football is his passion. Although he has never played for Lowestoft (not yet anyway!), The club are so happy that Terry has accepted the job.
“His father is a long-time club member, having his own named seat in the podium for many years.
“I hope we can work closely with Terry in the future and this is a huge boost for us.”
Butcher left his post with the U23s ahead of the start of this season, with Town planning to offer him ambassador, community or business work.
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|cattle tractor added 09:52 – Sep 4
I hope we give him something
|DaGremloid added 11:38 – Sep 4
He should always be there to sort out the defense.
|bluesteal74 added 12:50 – Sep 4
How we never gave TB some kind of role at ITFC is beyond me
|ThaiBlue added 12:55 – Sep 4
Always a legend in town, always will be, would have been great to keep him here as a club ambassador, but times are changing I guess.
|Millsey added 13:32 – Sep 4
Well done Terry
|atty added 13:50 – Sep 4
Legend of Lowie. This LT team was very decent. Used to go with my day and my friends in the 60s. Losing 0-1 to Watford in the FA Cup at Crown Meadow is the one I remember. Great game, great audience. I still have the rosette.
|Eddie1985 added 3:01 PM – Sep 4
Why isn’t he here ???! The Scouse Mafia got rid of him, who can honestly think Jeffers or Roberts or the sketch man knows more than him
|Dog added 15:37 – Sep 4
Eddie1985 – on site. The only thing the new owners were completely wrong. They thought it was better to have the face on a fresco, rather than the legend itself. Our loss is the Lowestofts gain.
|Cookycrew added 16:03 – Sep 4
Congratulations Terry, a great decision from LTFC.A local boy who has become a legend. Ipswich and Lowestoft are both gems of Suffolk!
|ButchersBreakedNose added 16:06 – Sep 4
I’m happy for TB and Lowestoft, and I think it will work for everyone involved. But, I still can’t believe the new owners (clearly following Cook’s direction) let him go. Does Cook really think the man in the Wigan kit brings more to training than Butcher? Has he watched our performances since taking over?
Mr. Cook must realize that time is running out and he must start producing results, not excuses. It seems to me that he needs all the help he can get, but he was happy to let Butch through the door. Poor.
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