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Matt Butcher

Position:
Midfielder
Date of birth:
14th May 1997
Nationality:
English
Height:
178
Date signed:
1st July 2015

Midfielder Matt Butcher joined AFC Bournemouth as a 13-year-old and progressed through the academy ranks to the first-team squad.

He impressed club staff at a trial day held at his school in Portsmouth and started out in the under-13s in 2010/11.

Butcher's first taste of competitive football came during brief loan spells with Gosport Borough and Poole Town in 2015.

He was handed his debut for the Cherries as an 18-year-old in the League Cup at Hartlepool in August 2015, coming off the bench in a 4-0 win at Victoria Park.

Butcher then played the full 90 minutes of the club’s FA Cup third-round win at Birmingham in January 2016.

He made ten appearances for Woking in the National League between February 2016 and April 2016, scoring twice for the club.

Butcher enjoyed a fruitful loan spell in League Two with Yeovil Town in 2016/17 where his Football League debut was the first of 42 appearances in all competitions for the Glovers.  

Although his progress has been hampered by injury, Butcher has remained an integral part of Eddie Howe's first-team squad and was named on the bench for the Cherries’ final Premier League game of 2018/19 at Crystal Palace.

In January 2020, Butcher secured a loan move to Scottish Premiership club St Johnstone.

Click here to read an in-depth feature with Butcher which appeared on our website in February 2020.

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