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Terry Butcher repeats embarrassing Newcastle v Sunderland story

3 years ago

Of all the Sunderland managers of recent decades, Terry Butcher is surely one of the most comical/ridiculous when it came to his behaviour towards Newcastle United.

It was a shame he only lasted nine months…

Butcher was all bravado and hot air, absolutely clueless.

Terry Butcher came to play for Sunderland in the 1992/93 season and was part of the team that Newcastle beat 2-1 at Roker Park, which made it 11 wins in a row at the start of the season.

By the time the 25 April 1993 came around, Butcher had become player manager.

That day it was Newcastle v Sunderland and if you were at the game it could well be the worst ever conditions you have experienced at a match. Absolutely torrential rain that made the conditions horrendous, rumours afterwards that the police had insisted the game went ahead to prevent issues dealing with the two sets of fans if it had been called off.

The conditions were a big leveller and only a brilliant Scott Sellars (see image above) free-kick was the difference between the two teams.

That result set Newcastle up for their next game at Grimsby where David Kelly scored a class goal to help the Magpies to a 2-0 win and promotion with games to spare.

As for Sunderland, they were lucky to avoid relegation by only a point and Terry Butcher only lasted until November 1993 before he was sacked.

You have to be embarrassed for him as Butcher recounts his big memory of that derby day (defeat), it will also give you a good insight into why his managerial career has been so hopeless.

Terry Butcher talking to Wise Men Say Sunderland fans podcast:

“The derbies were big things, huge.

Newcastle were flying and we had lost 2-1 at home in the first derby, which wasn’t nice at all, then we had to go to St James Park.

“I came into the dressing room and I had got a number two haircut all over, I was playing obviously.]

“I said to them… ‘Right lads, I have got a commando hair cut and we are going to be commandos today. Get in, do the job and clear off, this is our mission today’.

“We went out as commandos…

“There was nothing in the game and I remember giving the free-kick away that Scott Sellars scored.

“But the best memory of the game for me was going up against David Kelly.

“I didn’t like David Kelly.

“I didn’t like any Newcastle player but particularly David Kelly.

“As the ball was running out of play, I remember chasing him out towards the ball and I haveve gone in thinking ‘right, I’m going to take the lot here.’

“I just smashed into him, I carved him round about the thigh area.

“It was about a two foot drop into this gully of water and I’ve scythed him down, he’s slid into this gully, gone under the water, come out the other side.

“So I almost drowned him…that was my abiding memory of the game.”


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