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Thursday, 17 February 2011

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In the first of a series of books focussing on legends of the English game, Brian Glanville reassesses the career of Terry Butcher.

"In the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, it was Terry who was seemingly left in Maradona's wake as Diego scored that memorable solo goal. Research has shown that, rather than being outpaced by burly Diego, our Tel could in fact have quite easily caught up with him and prevented him scoring. The Englishman has always admired the Argentinian legend and didn't want his reputation to be sullied by the Hand of God incident so he deliberately let him go through unopposed.

Then, in 1987, Butch broke his leg and missed the 1988 European Championships as a result. Not true. Once again he put others before himself - there was in fact nothing wrong with him. He merely wanted Tony Adams and Mark Wright to get the chance to play for England in one of the biggest tournaments in the world and he knew that, if he was available, one of them would have missed out.

In 1992, TB was sacked as Coventry manager after a poor run of form. Not so. He graciously made way for new manager Don Howe because the latter in his capacity as a summariser was boring TV viewers so much that there had been a number of death threats made against the former QPR boss unless he found another job.

So, the evidence is pretty conclusive.

El Tel is a Saint - the fact that he hasn't yet been canonised is due to a Papal edict that Sainthood can't be bestowed on the living.

Humbly yours,

Brian".

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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