Player of the Day: Paul Butler

by Ashley Houghton

Defender is Friday's PotD.

Paul Butler made 95 Sunderland appearances in a two year spell on Wearside between 1998 and 2000.

Signed from Bury prior to the 1998-99 campaign, Butler began his career with local side Rochdale before moving to the Quakers where he won promotion to Division One.

After impressing in Bury’s first year in the second tier, Butler was signed by Peter Reid as the Black Cats looked to secure promotion to the top-flight after being relegated two years earlier.

And the Moston-born defender began life on Wearside in fine fettle with a goal on his second appearance at the Stadium of Light in a 5-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers.

Butler featured 53 times during his first campaign as Peter Reid’s side ran out as comfortable winners of Division One.

The following season Butler added 36 appearances to his Black Cats tally as Reid’s side finished seventh in the top flight – bagging his only goal of the season in a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at the Stadium of Light.

Butler was loaned to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the start of the 2000-01 season after making just six appearances in the early stages of the campaign.

The move to Molineux was later made permanent after Jody Craddock and Emerson Thome had ousted Butler from his regular position.

He went on to spend four years with Wolves – making 124 league appearances before joining Leeds United.

Butler spent three years at Elland Road, racking up exactly 100 league appearances before joining MK Dons in 2007.

He finished his career with Chester City in 2009 and is now a coach at Doncaster Rovers.