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Cambridge City Hockey Club team manager Dee Butler. Picture: Simon Webb (55943609)
Cambridge City Hockey Club team manager Dee Butler. Picture: Simon Webb (55943609)

Dee Butler is stepping down as Cambridge City Hockey Club first-team manager after six years.

She has decided to call time on the all-encompassing voluntary role at the Vitality Women’s League, Division One South club.

As team manager, Butler has tended to do a lot of the unseen tasks, such as arranging transport, hotels for away games, sorting out kit, communicating and liaising with match officials and even securing the scoreboard worker.

Butler was made a vice president of the club at last season’s AGM in recognition of her efforts and dedication to the club.

City’s head coach Helen Richardson-Walsh said: “It has been an absolute joy getting to know Dee over the last five years of my time with City.

“An incredible woman with an enormous heart, I’ve been grateful to have her support on a weekly, and sometimes a daily basis.

“Being a manager for any team is never an easy task and Dee has given her time, dedication and her encouragement with lots of humour.

Cambridge City Hockey Club team manager Dee Butler. Picture: Simon Webb (55943611)
Cambridge City Hockey Club team manager Dee Butler. Picture: Simon Webb (55943611)

“She’s been a pleasure to work with and will be sorely missed by us all.”

City have had a reputation of bringing young players through the club and into their first team.

Great Britain and England star Tess Howard is one such player, and she talked of Butler’s assistance in helping her to settle into the new environment.

“Ever since my first game with City’s W1 back when I was 14, Dee has been a rock for the first team,” said Howard.

“Unparalleled care and attention to detail that the whole squad have benefited from for many years. Always a source of positivity and kindness, Dee will be sorely missed by all at the club. I’d also like to personally thank her for making me feel so welcomed from day one as a junior in the W1s, showcasing our Cambridge City culture from the start.”

Butler’s last game as team manager was in City’s final match of the season, a 0-0 draw against Slough that meant their status in the division was secured.

“Dee has been one of the unsung heroes at Cambridge City HC,” said City president Tim Ireland.

“She has travelled up and down the country managing an incredible bunch of women. Even more amazing when you consider that she doesn’t play hockey.”

Cambridge City Hockey Club team manager Dee Butler. Picture: Kim Butler (55943613)
Cambridge City Hockey Club team manager Dee Butler. Picture: Kim Butler (55943613)

Chairman Mark Brookes added: “The younger members view her as their mum for the day, the more mature players a rock to lean on.

“All ably supported by her husband, team photographer, driver and general odd job man. What a well regarded team. She will be sorely missed and so hard to replace.”



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