If you are a child of the seventies or eighties then Ipswich Town and England/Scotland legends Terry Butcher and George Burley will need no introduction. But just in case you happen to be younger than that, and your parents didn't like football, we thought we'd give you some background on two of the most accomplished defenders to ever play at the top level of the English game!
Terry Butcher played for Ipswich Town for ten years, during which time he was part of the side managed by Bobby Robson that won the UEFA Cup and were league runners up. He also appeared 77 times for England, including in the World Cup Finals in Spain in 1982, Mexico in 1986, and Italy in 1990- as England got to the semi-finals (yes, there was a time when the national team were more a source of pride than embarrassment). He later played for Glasgow Rangers, winning three League titles and two League Cups. The image which appears at the top of this article- sorry if you happen to be eating your tea- is of Butcher after an England match with Sweden in 1989; a match which he played the entirity of despite splitting open his forehead in the early stages.
George Burley played alongside Butcher for Ipswich Town for much of that period, but was also a mainstay of the side which won the FA Cup in 1978, their 1-0 victory over Arsenal being rather unexpected but magnificent nontheless. He later left the Tractor Boys to play for Sunderland, but was soon back at Portman Road as manager, taking them into the Premier League amd into European competition once more- a feat which won him the 2000-01 Manager of the Year Award. He also spent eighteen months in charge of the Scottish national side.
An evening with Butcher and Burley
At this point you're undoubtedly asking why we're telling you all of this (actually you're not, you've seen the flyer and are probably already buying tickets). Well on Friday 27th April both Suffolk legends will be appearing at the Amber Dew Events Stadium, home of Lowestoft Town- answering your questions, posing for selfies and just being a couple of good eggs, all in the interests of the Trawler Boys #Saveourclub appeal. And you can be there too, for just a tenner!
For tickets, call Terry Beamish on 07900 735626- or purchase them at a home match, the next of which is against Wingate and Fincley on Tuesday evening.
We hope everyone has a marvellous evening, and that the event raises lots of money for the club.