There are tributes to a former footballer described as "the ultimate utility player" after he died with dementia at the age of 62.

Barry Butler died this week according to announcements on social media by Atherton Laburnum Rovers FC and Chester FC.

Born in Farnworth, Mr Butler played for these two clubs, as well as Altrincham and Barrow during the 1980s and the 1990s.

Chester FC, where he spent eight seasons in its former iteration as Chester City in the Third Division and Fourth Division of the Football League, said he played in every position including goalkeeper on one occasion when he took over from a sent-off Billy Stewart against Bradford City in 1990.

(Image: Chester FC)

Their announcement on social media said: "The ultimate utility player, Barry played 268 league games for Chester in every position including goalkeeper. 

"Popular with his teammates, it took time for him to win over the supporters, but his approach was recognised and he turned into a cult hero at the club."

Atherton LR FC was where Mr Butler started his career before he was snapped up by Chester City's Harry McNally.

At the time he was a relative unknown in the North West Counties Football League where the club remains to this day.

Their announcement on social media said: "Atherton LR are saddened to announce the passing of player Barry Butler.

"He will be missed by all of us. RIP Barry."

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.