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Emotional applause for Terry Butcher before Ipswich Town and Norwich City kick-off at Portman Road

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 22 October 2017

Former Town player Terry Butcher during the Skybet Championship match at Portman Road. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE

Former Town player Terry Butcher during the Skybet Championship match at Portman Road. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE

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Ipswich Town fans rose to their feet to give an emotional applause in a mark of respect to the family of Blues and England legend Terry Butcher, who lost one of his sons this week.

Terry Butcher (centre) with his sons Christopher (right), Ed (left) and Al (bottom). The former England captain has said he is Terry Butcher (centre) with his sons Christopher (right), Ed (left) and Al (bottom). The former England captain has said he is "devastated" after the death of his son Chris aged 35. Picture: FAMILY HANDOUT/PA WIRE

Former Army captain Christopher Butcher, 35, died on Monday. He had served in Afghanistan with the Royal Artillery. The news prompted an outpouring of tributes from the world of football.

Just before kick-off today in the East Anglian derby at Portman Road, which is being shown live on Sky Sports, a stadium announcement paid tribute in honour of Terry Butcher’s family.

Terry could be seen looking emotional as Town fans gave a warm applause. People seated near Terry patted him on the back and shoulder.

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 WIREChristopher 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

Ipswich Town legend Terry Butcher pays tribute to “dedicated” and “formidable” son Christopher following 35-year-old’s death.

Christopher’s younger brother Ed wrote on Facebook earlier this week: “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.

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

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