Terry Butcher

By Adam Robertson
 September 10, 2020

Terry Butcher - What A Defender
Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher - What A Defender

There used to be a trivia question that did the rounds amongst Rangers fans.

The question was "who scored more goals against Rangers when Terry Butcher was at the club?'

The answer is.. Terry Butcher!

If my memory serves me right I'm sure he scored six own goals during his time up here, which is quite a feat to be honest!

I have a fair few memories of Butcher. What a lion he was. He gave everything for Rangers and sadly he lost his place in the team when he broke his leg and never really got back to the level he was when he first arrived.

I also remember a night game. I'm sure it was against Raith Rovers in a League Cup tie.

He scored this absolute belter of an own goal and he was raging! I can remember him gesturing at other players, the Ibrox crowd all shaking their heads in disbelief.

He demanded the ball from the kick off, he got it eventually, ran up the park and smashed this strike in the top corner from thirty five yards.

The whole stadium was in uproar. I don't think I've seen forty thousand people all laughing at the same time since.

The Butcher signing was a stunning coup for Rangers. Manchester United wanted to sign him but he chose Rangers as the English clubs were banned from Europe at the time.

He had his choice of numerous top clubs but here we had the England captain at Ibrox. It was a surreal thought for a young sixteen year old me I can tell you.

It's a bit like us signing Harry Kane now, you really can't envisage it, can you?

My favourite memory of him is one that'll never leave me though. That day up at Pittodrie when we won the league for the first time since 1978.

I'll always remember him bounding about that pitch with thousands of Rangers supporters celebrating.

He was a rock at the heart of tje defence and in the short time he played with Richard Gough, well, if there's ever been a stronger centre half partnership at Ibrox then I've never seen it.

What a defender.

Ninja - @NinjaMan54

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