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Tributes paid to ex-Army captain Christopher Butcher, son of Ipswich Town and England legend Terry Butcher

PUBLISHED: 20:36 17 October 2017

Terry Butcher, a former Ipswich Town and England captain. Picture: JAMES BASS

Terry Butcher, a former Ipswich Town and England captain. Picture: JAMES BASS

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The world of football has united in mourning following the death of the son of Ipswich Town legend and former England captain Terry Butcher.

Christopher Butcher, the son of former Ipswich Town and England captain Terry Butcher. Christopher Butcher served in Afghanistan with the Royal Artillery. Picture: FAMILY HANDOUT/PA WIRE Christopher Butcher, the son of former Ipswich Town and England captain Terry Butcher. Christopher Butcher served in Afghanistan with the Royal Artillery. Picture: FAMILY HANDOUT/PA WIRE

Former Army captain Christopher Butcher, 35, died on Monday, his family announced on Facebook. He had served in Afghanistan with the Royal Artillery.

His younger brother Ed wrote: “Chris you were my hero, you were my best friend and you were someone I would throw myself in the way of a truck for.

“This is for you and thank you for everything you ever taught me and I will miss you for the rest of my life but you will never be forgotten.”

He said Christopher was the “best brother”, adding: “His death has hit the entire family hard.”

Terry Butcher celebrates the 1981 UEFA Cup semi-final win over Cologne
. Picture: ARCHANT Terry Butcher celebrates the 1981 UEFA Cup semi-final win over Cologne . Picture: ARCHANT

His father Terry Butcher, a former defender who lives in Suffolk, made over 250 appearances for Ipswich Town during the 1970s and 1980s.

“The family are together and we will release the dates of the funeral in due time,” said Ed Butcher.

“We know how greatly he was loved and we’re sorry that we can’t call every person who knew him to tell them.”

Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne said in a statement: “All at Ipswich Town are very shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Terry’s son Christopher.

Terry Butcher, at a Scotland football press conference in 2008. He was a former assistant manager to George Burley. Picture: MICHAEL BOYD/PA WIRE Terry Butcher, at a Scotland football press conference in 2008. He was a former assistant manager to George Burley. Picture: MICHAEL BOYD/PA WIRE

“We have fond memories of Chris who was at a number of games at the club with Terry last season and came across as a lovely and charming guy who was clearly enjoying spending time with his dad.

“All our thoughts and condolences are with Terry and his family at this very sad time.”

The news comes ahead of the East Anglian derby between Ipswich and Norwich City at Portman Road on Sunday. The club is planning to honour the memory of Christopher before the midday kick-off.

Kevin Beattie, a former teammate of Terry Butcher, said it was a “sad day for the club”.

He added: “It’s really upsetting. You don’t expect any of your children to go before you. I’m so sorry for his family. Butch is a big lad as you know, but it will be a big blow. He loves his kids. It’ll leave a big hole.

“(Paying respect before kick-off on Sunday) is up to the club and Terry obviously, but the club will back him without a doubt. It is a great club and the fans are fantastic.”

Presenter Mark Pougatch wrote on Twitter: “Terry Butcher is among the finest & funniest of men. Please keep him & his family in your thoughts - & if you’re so inclined - prayers.”

Norwich City FC tweeted: “Everyone at Norwich City would like to pass on our condolences to Terry Butcher and his family at this sad time.”

Rangers FC, where Terry played from 1986 to 1990, said: “The thoughts of everyone at Rangers FC are with Terry Butcher and his family at this terribly sad time.”

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