Terry Butcher

By Adam Robertson
 September 23, 2020

Terry Butcher - The Souness Revolution

Terry Butcher - The Souness Revolution

The Souness Revolution was built on solid foundations and arguably the most crucial and inspirational component of all was the unprecedented capture of England captain Terry Butcher in 1986. 

Butcher, a UEFA cup winner with Ipswich and already a stalwart of the England national team, sent shockwaves throughout British football when he moved north of the border, signalling the start of the ‘English invasion’ to Ibrox which included international teammate Chris Woods. 

Terry’s signing strengthened the spine of the team and provided invaluable leadership in addition to his obvious on-field defensive qualities. 

Terry Butcher captained the team to their first league championship in nine long years, scoring the title-clinching goal at Pittodrie and signalling the return of Rangers as the premium club in Scotland. 

His Rangers career was not without disappointment however when in November 1987 he broke his leg in a league match against Aberdeen, a tragedy which Graeme Souness maintains cost the team their second consecutive championship. 

Terry would go on to captain the club to two further league titles in 1989 and 1990, feats which earned him a place in the Rangers Hall of Fame and which launched the beginning of the legendary 9-in-a-row era, before departing for a player-manager role at Coventry City. 

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