Brentford FC sent congratulations to former Manager Terry Butcher, who was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame last week. Terry, 62, was inducted ahead of the England v Scotland match at the UEFA European Championships last week. Terry captained England but spent much of his career in Scotland, most notably at Rangers FC in Glasgow.
The ceremony took place at Ipswich Town FC, where Terry started his career and still works in the academy. He spent a short spell as Brentford FC Manager in 2008 and the Club sent its best wishes to Terry on the day. He was inducted by Sir Bobby Robson’s son Mark Robson last Tuesday, 15 June.
Hailed as one of England’s legendary centre-backs and captains, Terry Butcher earned 77 international caps from 1980 to 1990, playing in three FIFA World Cups. Judges voted unanimously to induct Butcher in recognition of his outstanding football career both as a player and manager, transcending English borders to Scotland, Australia and the Philippines, his leadership and his continued contribution to football. Mark Robson handed over the trophy in front of Butcher’s friends, representatives of his former clubs and family including his father Leonard, mother Valerie and Sir Bobby Robson’s wife Lady Elsie Robson.
Tim Desmond, Chief Executive, National Football Museum said, “Terry Butcher was a legend and leader on both sides of the border. The image of him in a blood-stained England shirt has endured for more than three decades and sums up his passion for the game of our lives. We are delighted he now takes his deserved place in the Hall of Fame. It’s symbolic that the presentation is at Ipswich Town – where Terry started his career – and where he continues to influence and inspire future generations of footballers.”
His induction into the Hall of Fame coincides with the reopening of the National Football Museum in central Manchester and the official launch of the English Hall of Fame exhibition which showcases the stories of Hall of Famers and objects of significance throughout their careers. Several objects have never been on display before. The exhibition features female and male inductees equally as part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. See more on the induction here.