Could the real Paul Butler please stand up?

As I have said to TSS, I feel like a one trick pony. You would think I was obsessed by Ken Bates. To prove I’m not, I’ve asked my wife to shave her beard off and wear contact lenses not her big spectacles. I also thought I could write something about the players not the board for a change.

 I really don’t get this anti-Beckford brigade. I can’t understand the people that want to demonise Jermaine Beckford just because he wants a bit more cash. Who doesn’t? For me, he scores goals at League One level and seeing as we are AT this level and top of the league, surely he’s doing a good job? I really do look at it as simplistically as that. Leave the lad alone. Whether he’s good enough for the Premier League (no) or not is irrelevant. He’s delivering the goods for us now and we should leave him to get on with his job until he decides to go or stay. That’s what got me thinking about past players that we really should have had more of a go at.

 The obvious ones have all been done to death as it were, some even on these good pages. Harry Kewell, Lee Bowyer, Kevin Nicholls all come to mind, but it’s the “second-raters” that I’m after. The ones that sort of make you shake your head rather than make the veins on your temples stand out.

 So, Ladies and Gentlemen, my nomination for the “All Time Leeds United Loser Award” is Paul Butler.

His first full season was actually quite reasonable. He put in some pretty solid performances and we finished mid table in 2005. The following season, he took the team all the way to Cardiff. Unfortunately, he forgot to turn up himself.

 I’ll never forget the start of the next season. I wasn’t entirely sure if it was Butler at centre half or just a very localised total eclipse of the sun. The man had put on so much weight over summer and was so unfit it was an insult to the fans. This was a professional athlete and captain of my club!  But it was his attitude that stuck out a mile to me. Despite getting skinned by every forward he faced, he still had the audacity to dish out verbal tirades to all of his team mates, usually after his own mistakes.

 So there you go. My nomination is for the player who had it within his grasp to be forever remembered in history as the man who got Leeds United back to the Premiership. Instead it is more likely that he’ll be remembered as the fat captain of Chester whose mouth got him suspended.

 Who would you nominate?

18 Responses

  1. Grumpy Older Man

    Mark Viduka, never as a man left so much in his locker has the club decended from 3rd to relegated, never as one player so split opinion about him everywhere he went, Celtic, Us, Smoggies, Toon. Whilst those who praise him wonder where his PL and CL medals are some of us wonder of the SPL one he has is too good for him.

    We could have got £25m for him once, he went for bugger all.

    I’m saving a real Viduka rant for a special occasion.

    • Keith

      Went for bugger all? £7million plus Ricketts from ‘Boro if I remember rightly, and we still came out as losers! Viduka was a confidence player, when things were going well he was unstoppable; when the wheels started to come off the wagon behind the scenes, he, along with most of the team, went AWOL.

      VIduka 4, Liverpool 3

      • Grumpy Older Man

        £4.5m (including Ricketts).

        He didn’t just go AWOL be went with the pixies!

      • Keith

        I stand corrected – surely we didn’t get £7mill plus Danny Pugh for Smudger from Fergie? That number sticks in my head for some reason regarding our strikers back then.

  2. Pete

    Michael Ricketts – I’ve probably shaken my head more at the thought of him than all other players put together.
    Dan Harding was another – “good for brighton” does not ever equal “good”. (Bradley Johnson excepted)
    Seb Carole – see above

    • Gledders

      Not sure I agree about Seb Carole. I thought he was tricky little player that needed a bit more coaching. Mind you, he was French and the boss was Dennis Wise at the time. I’m sure Wise’s language talents were a great help to him…

  3. Mr Lew

    I think i must be older than most of you on here as you don’t seem to remember a certain Tomas Brolin – made a name for himself playing in the world cup back in ’94, broke his leg later that year and like mugs we bought him.

    He was small, overweight, lazy, useless and didn’t gel with any of Wilko’s players.

    Utter waste of money !!

    • TSS

      I remember the legend that was Brolin! Wrote something on him a while back. I think he’ll forever be remembered by Leeds United fans as one of the all-time joke signings, given the injury and subsequent weight gain.

  4. Gloryboy

    I’ll never forget the wat’s ‘is name that was supposed to be Roy Ellam, I think the only way The Don could get Trevor Cherry was to relieve ‘uddersfeid of the usless lump of dog ***d!!!

    • Yorkshrman

      Blimey, that’s a blast from the past!! Which brings to mind John Faulkner – signed from Sutton United, after we’d stuffed them 6-0 in the Cup in 1970. Not sure he even started a game for us …..

  5. mightywhite

    how about the fat a***d sean gregan who all game just stuck out his chest and tried hollywood pass after hollywood pass!!!!

  6. Keith

    Michael ‘call me kryten’ Duberry. When he headed a ball, it was anyone’s guess where it would end up.
    Enoch Showunmi – why, why, why? Better than Kandol? I don’t think so! Can’t even do a back flip celebration……

    • Gledders

      We used to call Duberry “50 pence head” because you didn’t know which way the ball would bounce.

  7. Matt

    PAUL OKON!!!!!!!!!
    The worst player ever to squeeze into the white shirt. Now the assistant manager of Gold Coast United. He had a decent career with some massive clubs, e.g Lazio, but he never deserved the 21 appearances he was genorously given.

  8. carl_d

    Butler definitely though rickets pushed him close.
    lets hope none of the current squad take to Brolin/Viduka type expansions over christmas.


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