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Saturday, 2 February, 2002, 13:34 GMT
Pompey mourn Butler
Portsmouth will observe a minutes silence for Ernie Butler
Fratton Park will observe a minutes silence for Butler
BBC Sport Online pays tribute to former Portsmouth goalkeeper Ernie Butler.

Ernie Butler was a byword for consistency, even for goalkeepers.

Butler, who died on Thursday, played in every game in Portsmouth's back-to-back Football League championship wins of 1948-49, 1949-50.

In the process, during the days of a 42-game campaign, he conceded just 80 goals in 84 matches.

Born in the Wiltshire village of Box, Butler was left-back for the village team and turned to goalkeeping when the regular keeper failed to turn up for a match.

Portsmouth goalkeeper Ernie Butler was a modal of consistency
Ernie Butler was a model of consistency (Picture: Portsmouth FC)

After joining Bath, Butler was approached by three professional clubs, but decided to join Portsmouth because they were the nearest club to the sea.

He served with the Navy during the war and made his first-team debut for Pompey in October 1946 against Sunderland, replacing Harry Walker.

Over the course of the next four years, Butler missed just two games.

Butler made a total of 222 League appearances for Pompey, before being forced to retire in 1953, having failed to recover from a broken wrist sustained in a reserve game.

A minute's silence was to be observed before Pompey's home game with Barnsley.

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