Ernie Butler / Goalkeeper

Professional footballer for Portsmouth FC

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Name Ernie Butler
Date of Birth Tue May 13, 1919
Place of Birth Box, Wiltshire
Height 6ft 2in (188cm)
Weight 12st 7lbs (78kg)
Playing Position Goalkeeper
Date Joined Wed May 4, 1938
From Bath City
Transfer Fee Paid £100
Date Left Sat Sep 26, 1953
To Retired
Transfer Fee Received
Debut 05/10/1946 - Sunderland (h)
Last Appearance 01/11/1952 - Burnley (a)
League Appearances 222
League Goals
FA Cup Appearances 18
FA Cup Goals
League Cup Appearances
League Cup Goals
War Time League Appearances 1
War Time League Goals
War Time Cup Appearances
War Time Cup Goals
Other Appearances 1
Other Goals
Honours 1948/49 - Division 1 Championship
1949/50 - Division 1 Championship
1949 - Charity Shield
International None
International Appearances (with Portsmouth)
International Goals
Date of Death Thu Jan 24, 2002
Place of Death Portsmouth
Biography Ernie debuted in the last war-time League South encounter at Swansea Town on 4 May 1946, having signed eight years earlier and spent the intervening years on war service in the Royal Navy. He quickly established himself as first choice 'keeper in the first post war season and played in every game during both championship seasons conceeding at less than a goal a game. Possessed of huge hands, Ernie was good in the air and had a fine positional sense, his career unfortunately ended with a hand injury.
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