Jack Butler

Jack Butler played almost 300 times for Arsenal between 1914 and 1930 and won international honours with England.

The centre half joined from Fulham Wednesday in March 1914 and remained a regular in the first-team squad after the First World War until his departure 16 years later.

Born in Colombo to English parents, Butler was initially deployed in the reserves until the war's outbreak.

He served in the Royal Field Artillery in France and returned to north London after the end of the hostilities.

Butler's career at Highbury soon blossomed. The defender played 21 times with the Club now in the First Division, but lost his place the following year and appeared six times.

Butler returned but his career did not reach its true potential until the 1924/25 season. By this point his place in the first team was secure and he played all but three league matches. He also won his first and only England cap against Belgium in December 1924.

The following season he missed only one game as the Gunners finished second behind Huddersfield.

A regular for three more seasons, Butler also played in the 1927 FA Cup final which Arsenal lost 1-0 to Cardiff City at Wembley.

He left to join Torquay United for £1,000 in June 1930.

After his retirement in 1932 Butler became coach to Royal Darling (Belgium) and to the Belgian National XI.

Later a trainer-coach with Leicester City, Butler also had spells as manager with Torquay, Crystal Palace, in Denmark, again in Belgium and finally with Colchester United.

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