Memorial service for Lincoln footballer Richard Butcher

Hundreds of people have attended a thanksgiving service in Lincoln for the footballer Richard Butcher who died aged 29.

About 700 people were at the memorial service at Lincoln City Football Club's ground at Sincil Bank.

The former Lincoln midfielder, who was playing for Macclesfield Town, died at his home in Swinton, Salford, on 9 January.

A private funeral was later held at Lincoln Crematorium.

Singer Vie Watson, who sang at Butcher's recent wedding, sang two songs, one of which was a tribute from his wife Sarah.

Former team mates Alan Marriott, Ben Futcher and Paul Morgan all paid tributes.

Chaplain of Lincoln City Football Club Rev Canon Andrew Vaughan said: "We are remembering obviously a young man, but somebody in footballing terms who was a dedicated professional.

"He had that unique empathy with the fans.

"I think he understood what Saturday meant to those who were in the crowds and he always had time for them. He would always speak to them."

Butcher had played for Notts County, Peterborough, Oldham, Kettering, Rushden & Diamonds and Northampton throughout his career.

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