Hull City Tigers

A Foot In Both Camps: Ian Butler

11 February 2019
Hull City paid out a significant transfer fee to sign Ian Butler from Rotherham United in the 1960s, but any financial outlay was more than made up for by significant returns on the field.

Butler had developed a fine reputation with the Millers during more than a century of appearances for the South Yorkshire club, with the winger’s trickery, speed and mobility causing no end of problems for those unfortunate enough to come up against him.

He arrived at Boothferry Park in 1965 for £40,000 and added to a fearsome attacking line-up that would fire the Tigers to promotion in 1965/66, Butler scoring the goal that clinched the third division title against Southend United.

His endless supply line from the left flank was vital to legendary goal-scorers Chris Chilton and Ken Wagstaff, and Butler was a fine servant over nine years in black and amber as he made more than 300 appearances which included 70 goals.


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