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Jack Butler

The Arsenal FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name John Dennis Butler
Born 14 August 1894 in Colombo, Ceylon [no birth registration].
Apparently brought up in London.

Census Notes

There is no John Dennis Butler on the 1901 or 1911 census'. This is no surprise with regards 1901, he may well still have resided in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). But by 1911, he was supposed to be playing schoolboy football in Dartford.
In fact, the only Ceylon-born Butler born around 1894 was a Patrick, living in Chelsea. We know from genealogical sites that his parents were Charles and Ada (née Evans).
John Dennis Butler did sign up for the war effort on 18 December 1914, he stated his vocation as 'professional footballer' and his address as 31 Latchmere Road in Battersea. He had joined the Middlesex Regiment (The Footballers Battalion). He deserted on 3 July 1915.

Cannot be found on the 1939 register, presumed to be still in Belgium.
Died 5 January 1961, aged 66 years 144 days [registered as John D. in Lambeth, London, March 1961].
Height/Weight 5' 9½", 10st. 6lbs [1914], 5' 11½", 11st. 5lbs [1927].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Represented West London schools and then joined Fulham FC on amateur forms in 1913, playing with their Thursday XI side. Played for Dartford FC as a professional during the 1913-14 season. After which he joined The Arsenal FC in May 1914. Part of the Middlesex Regiment during the war. Following 267 league appearances and seven goals, he joined Torquay United FC on 21 May 1930 until 1932, making fifty league appearances, scoring twice.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1926-27;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) After retiring from playing, Butler crossed Europe and coached Daring FC of Brussels from 1932 to 1939. He coached Belgium to their only defeat over England in 1936. He returned to England and coached Leicester City FC from October 1940 until 1946. He briefly returned to Europe and Copenhagen to coach before a brief period as manager of Torquay United FC from 16 July 1946, beating at least fifty other applicants, replacing Billy Butler. He remained at Plainmoor until he resigned on 26 March 1947 to take over as manager of Crystal Palace FC, effective early May. At Palace, he stayed until his resignation on 22 April 1949. Returned to Belgium and Daring FC, becoming their manager from end of May 1949 until he became manager of Colchester United FC from June 1953 until January 1955.
Club honours Belgium League runners-up 1933-34, 1937-38, Champions 1935-36, 1936-37;

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 481st players (482) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
Only match No. 143, 8 December 1924, England 4 Belgium 0, a friendly match at The Hawthorns, Sandwell, West Bromwich, aged 30 years 116 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.55/56.


Jack Butler - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
2 1 0 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Jack Butler - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Jack Butler - Match History
 Club: The Arsenal F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 30
1 143 8 December 1924 - England 4 Belgium 0, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich Fr HW Start ch
Age 31
- 149 17 April 1926 - England 0 Scotland 1, Old Trafford, Manchester BC HL reserve