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Thomas Butler

Thomas Butler
Nationality: Rep of Ireland
Date of Birth: 25/04/1981
Height: 5' 7' (170cm)
Weight: 10st 6lbs (66.28kg)
Clubs: Sunderland, Hartlepool, Dunfermline, Darlington (loan)
Position: Midfielder

Thomas Butler started his career at the stadium of light with then premiership side Sunderland. He emerged through their youth ranks and was touted as the next big thing for the republic of Ireland. He cemented that promise with the under 15's player of the year in 1997. He also played for the Republic of Ireland in the world Youth cup in South Africa.

Following his successful international exploits, Butler made his first Premiership appearance vs West Ham United. Unfortunately he could not capitalise on the opportunity and his dip in form meant he was loaned out to the Quakers.

He made 8 appearances for Darlington before returning to the stadium of light. On his return Thomas was called up to the full ROI squad and played in a 3-0 win against Finland. Butler then reassessed his situation and was contemplating quitting the game.

A move to East end Park with Dunfermline Athletic beckoned as he joined them on a initial trial basis. He made only 6 full and 6 substitute appearances for the Scottish outfit, his contract was not renewed.

Thomas was now a free agent, Hartlepool United offered the Irishman a short term contract. He greatly impressed at Victoria Park, making 31 appearances (6 as a substitute) for the pool.

In that season Hartlepool United got relegated from League one and moved to south Wales for a fee believed to be around 75.000.

Butler was much criticised for his lack of crossing ability by Hartlepool fans, however after a shaky start to his Swansea career he has certainly rejuvenated his career here at the Liberty Stadium.

He offers pace and skill on the flank and always causes problems for defenders. He has also worked on his crossing ability that was much beelined by many pool fans.

Butler has also immortalised himself with the Swansea faithful with a stunning performance against Sheffield United in the FA cup. Thomas could be one of the vital cogs in the Swansea side for many seasons to come and can shake his journeyman tag with a much more settled approach to his play.

What do the fans think of Butler?

A two footed player who prefers to play on the left of midfield. Can make great breaks up field but must pass the ball more, instead of going for self glory and missing the target.
Willow

"runs at defenders, very attack minded. cons sometimes the finale ball is not good enough, sometimes doesn't turn up."
Aupaullhill

"He had a poor start with us but since martinez has arrived it's as if he has more confidence and has been playing very well recently. He's quick and poses a threat while going forward."
Josho

"Tom Butler who to me has all the attributes of a squad player yet apparently this season has shown how valuable he can be to a starting 11. Maybe I just saw them through their settling down period. "
Francis4356

Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Friday April 13 2007
Time: 3:40PM

Comments

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Didn't exactly impress at first but he's improved a lot recently, his form seemed to have kicked off from the FA Cup win at Sheffield. He's played well recently and can offer good back-up for Britton on the right wing. Definately worth keeping on.
KevinE
13/04/2007 15:46:00
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It's nice to see a player like him who plays with a lack of caution, everyone likes to see players attempt dribbles, get to the byeline and make things happen and with his pace he can do that.
g4nty
16/04/2007 11:13:00
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souds cool and he could be amuseing with irish dancin
mumblesjack98
19/04/2008 22:19:00
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