Terry Butcher

By Adam Robertson
 September 8, 2020

Terry Butcher - The Backbone

Terry Butcher - The Backbone

The footballing history books are full of warnings that the ability to buy success is often a myth. Spending money without a plan can lead to an overblown mess on a road to ruin. Graeme Souness had the means in the summer of 1986, not provided to other Rangers managers before him, but he used them wisely. In Terry Butcher, the England captain whenever Bryan Robson suffered a World Cup breakdown, all of a sudden a team that had been weak on the field for a generation, had a backbone.

It also wasn't the case that the signings of Butcher, Woods, Roberts and Souness alone made the difference. It was their impact on the rest of a squad that had been losers for years that set up the revolution. The youthful promise of McCoist and Durrant could now be realised under better guidance and then there was a re-ignition of more established careers, perfectly demonstrated by that goal at Pittodrie when a beautifully flighted ball from Davie Cooper's left foot was met by the thunderous power of Butcher's head. It's hard to think of a player who enjoyed more of a renaissance that season than Davie Cooper. It's hard to imagine it being possible without the arrival of Terry Butcher. A fusion of craft and power, it was the perfect way for that team to mark their day of destiny.

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