Eddie Butler Biography – Eddie Butler Wiki
Eddie Butler was a Welsh journalist, sports commentator, and Welsh rugby union player between 1980 and 1984. Butler won 16 caps, during a career that also saw him become an integral part of the all-conquering Pontypool side in the 1970s and 80s. He also won three blues while studying modern languages at Fitzwilliam, Cambridge.
He went up to Cambridge at the age of 19 after leaving Monmouth school and his first significant game for the light blues was against Japan in 1976. His final game in university colours came playing for a past and present Cambridge side against Japan.
While a student he acquired the unenviable record of being the first Cambridge man to be sent off, although his punishment didn’t stop him from playing against the touring New Zealanders a few weeks later.
He played for Wales B and went from the 1983 Wales B tour to Spain out to New Zealand to link up with the British & Irish Lions side as a replacement. On that tour, he joined fellow Pontypool clubmates Graham Price, Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner.
His first cap for Wales was against France in Cardiff in 1980. The last of his 16 caps was against Australia at the same venue in 1984. He captained his country on six occasions.
After finishing his playing career, Butler had a stint as a teacher, then with a property development company before finding another niche in journalism, becoming a much-respected figure with the Guardian and Observer and joining up with the BBC. The much loved rugby commentator was considered the voice of rugby on the BBC. Butler also worked alongside Cotter at a number of Olympic Games. He also called the action at the Invictus Games.
Butler joined a string of other former Welsh captains on the captain’s climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015 to raise money for a cancer hospital in Cardiff and was once again raising money for charity on his latest venture in Peru.
As well as being a strong advocate for Welsh independence, he found the time to write two books of non fiction and three detective novels.
Eddie Butler Age
Edward Thomas Butler was born on 8 May 1957 in Newport, Wales. He died on 15 September 2022 on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. He was 65 years old.
Eddie Butler Wife
Welsh rugby and broadcasting legend Eddie Butler was married to his wife Susan Butler.
Eddie Butler Family
Former Wales captain and legendary rugby commentator Eddie Butler is survived by his wife Susan and six children including his daughter Nell.
Eddie Butler Death
Former Wales rugby union captain and broadcaster Eddie Butler died on 15 September 2022 at the age of 65. He died in his sleep while on a charity walk for prostate cancer on the Inca Trail in Peru. Prostate Cymru, for whom Butler was representing during his trek in Peru, released the following statement:
“The Prostate Cymru charity is devastated by the passing of its much loved ambassador Eddie Butler,” read a statement announcing the news.
“Ed was the voice of Wales and we were honoured to have him as part of our charity. We will cherish the many memories we have of him.
“Over the last week, Ed once again showed his generosity and steadfast commitment to good causes by joining 25 Prostate Cymru fundraisers, including his daughter Nell, on the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu.
“In the early hours of Thursday 15 September, Ed passed away peacefully in his sleep at Ecoinka base camp in the Peruvian Andes. He leaves behind his wife Susan and six children who are very much in our thoughts.
“The charity will not be making any immediate further comment. We also ask that the family’s privacy is respected during this difficult time.”
Welsh Rugby Union chairman Rob Butcher said his country owed Butler a sizeable debt for his contribution to the sport. “For many Eddie was the voice of Welsh rugby and he will be sorely missed by supporters around the globe as well as his friends throughout the game and here at the WRU,” said Butcher.
“He proudly represented his country as a player, was a mainstay in press boxes around the world long after he retired from the game and has been prolific in the way in which he has served Welsh rugby in both the written and spoken word over decades.
“Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, who we also know well and cherish, and his close friends and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time. He was a unique individual and the game in Wales owes him a debt of gratitude for his contributions both on and off the pitch.”
Ex-England hooker and Butler’s BBC colleague Brian Moore wrote: “I am devastated by this news. Ed, I’m sorry I never told you how much I admired you as a broadcaster and as a man. Well, it wasn’t like that between us, was it. Condolences to Sue and your family. Sport has lost an iconic voice, I have lost a very dear friend. Goodbye Edward.”
Eddie Butler Cause of Death
Butler’s cause of death was not revealed. He died in his sleep while on a charity walk for prostate cancer in Peru.