The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sam El­liott

NO PAR­ENT should out­live their child, but the mother of tragic for­mer Notts County and Peter­bor­ough mid­fielder Richard Butcher says writ­ing a book about his foot­ball ad­ven­tures helped chan­nel her suf­fer­ing.

Gail Butcher’s life was turned up­side down when her son died sud­denly aged just 29, the Mac­cles­field Town favourite found dead at his home after suf­fer­ing a heart-at­tack as he slept.

But as Gail con­tin­ued to grieve, she put her en­ergy into a project that al­lowed her to re­call their cher­ished mo­ments to­gether.

It’s also rais­ing money for a foot­ball fa­cil­ity in his hon­our.

Butch – the Wings of Foot­ball is a touch­ing trib­ute to her son, who also served Old­ham, Lin­coln City and Ket­ter­ing Town. Many of his for­mer team-mates and man­agers have also con­trib­uted.

Gail said: “It’s been the most fright­en­ing thing I have ever done. I’m not an au­thor, I’m not in pub­lish­ing. I am just a mum who wants to make sure her son is prop­erly re­mem­bered.

“It was a very emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence writ­ing ev­ery­thing down, all the times we shared. I don’t think any­thing will ever bring clo­sure to me, but it’s true what they say; putting pen to pa­per does help.

“This is about Richard from school­boy to pro­fes­sional foot­baller. The ups, the downs, the laughs and the tears – it’s not just a book about foot­ball.”

You can or­der Butch – the

Wings of Foot­ball from Ama­zon in both Kin­dle form and in pa­per­back.

IN PRINT: Gail Butcher’s book

MISSED: Richard Butcher

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