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Another Butcher return

I will be at Sincil Bank tomorrow for the visit of Macclesfield Town. One of my many reasons for this is to catch up with my good friend Richard Butcher. We played for Notts County together and made the journey from Lincoln to Nottingham every day for a year so I got to know him really well and he has become one of my closest friends.

His recent injury means that he will probably start from the bench tomorrow but I am sure that all Lincoln City supporters know the damage he can cause if and when he gets onto the pitch.

His last spell as an Imp may have watered down the memories that many Lincoln City supporters have of him. His first spell was when he first came onto the scene and, from what he tells me, was his best spell !

It was the current Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson that persuaded Keith Alexander to bring him from non-league and he certainly repaid that faith shown in him.

Keith always tried to sign Richard wherever he was and Gary Simpson has followed suit. Those two are the ones that have managed to bring out the best in him over the years. Isn’t that what good management is? Each individual is different. If managers can find a way of bringing out the best in each of their players then you will win more games than you lose.

I know for sure that this match was the one that Butch looked for when the fixtures were released. He actually rang me to make sure that I would attend.

The fact that Chris Sutton is no longer in charge may lessen his enthusiasm for wanting to beat his former club. If Chris were still in charge I know that there would have been a strong revenge mission on the cards.

From when Chris Sutton took over, Richard Butcher feels like he had decided that he wasn’t his sort of player from the start. This does happen in football but when it happens to you it can be hard to take. Butch had only recently arrived under Peter Jackson and when a new manager arrives at any club every player wonders if they will be forced out.

But as we see so many former players score against their ex-employers it would be no surprise to see Butch make one of those long, well-timed ghostly runs in to the box, which are so difficult to pick up, and find the net. He has a habit of being in the right place at the right time.

For me, the circumstances surrounding the game will make Lincoln favourites. The players will probably be playing in front of their perspective new manager and will probably manage to find an extra 5-10% from somewhere. It always happens. There is no logical explanation for it but it happens.

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Categories: Football
  1. Rob Winckworth
    October 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    2-0 Macc win then!

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