In the fourth of our Derryleigh One-on-Ones, we get up close & personal with U17 girls’ coach & passionate Spurs fan, Terri Butler. Thanks to Terri for taking the time to take part and giving some great answers.
Q. How long have you been associated with Newport Town AFC?
Two years and loving it!
Q. What’s your current involvement with the Club?
U17 Girls Coach.
Q. What type of player were you as a schoolgirl?
There were no girls’ teams when I was younger, which meant it was with the boys or not at all! So, I played where i was told and asked no questions!! Usually ended up a defender, or anywhere on pitch except goalie (I’m sure the girls will verify I’m no Ter Stegen!)
Q. What are your hopes for next season in NTAFC?
To keep all the group playing together and look to improve our 4th place league finish and cup final defeat. The girls most definitely have it in them.
Q. What professional soccer team do you support and why?
Tottenham Hotspur, since I was 6 years old. 1981 was a good year as a Spurs fan but there’s not been too many since! Our time is coming, or at least I live in hope!
Q. Who are your favourite professional players (both past & present)?
Past – Picking only one was too tough, I’ve too many favourites for different reasons. Hoddle, Figo, Beckham, Ginola, Ronaldo, Zidane, Totti.
Present – Christian Eriksen & Antoine Griezmann
Q. In your opinion, what qualities make a player a good team captain?
A good organiser who stays calm and level headed that communicates well with their team.
Q. What takes up your time when you’re not at the Club?
Soccer, more soccer, my 3 kids. Being Registrar and Chairman of the NTSFL fills up any other time when I’m not coaching or going to watch Spurs.
Q. Who is your favourite cartoon character?
Moe from the Simpsons
Q. What is your favourite film?
Q. Who is your favourite band / singer?
Coldplay, The 1975, Artic Monkeys and David Bowie. Love Motown & 80’s pop with a bit of Post Malone and Drake thrown in!
Q. Do you have a special routine or superstition in general or before a game?
I’m very superstitious so follow the same routine before matches and I have my lucky socks. The girls check
I’ve the right socks on before we play!
Q. Who is your favourite non-sports icon?
Sir David Attenborough
Q. If you could play at any sporting stadium in the world, which one would it be?
White Hart Lane – my favourite place in the world.
Q. Messi or Ronaldo?
Q. What other sport(s) do you love to play, and how would you rate your skills?
Golf… probably more crazy than the sensible sort but I’d get by in a round, and I used to be a Baton Twirler (cue the laughter! ). Yes honestly! I was a national champion back in the day but gave it up for soccer.
Q. Best thing about Newport?
Newport is an awesome place. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly, and the community spirit and camaraderie is unbelievable.
Q. What one word would others use to describe you?
I’m not sure there’s one that’s printable!
Q. Who (in your opinion) was the best player you ever played with or coached?
The small group of girls that started with me from the very beginning, who had never played soccer in their life but gave their everything to improve and learn. Those girls are still with me now and how they’ve stuck at it is truly inspiring.
Q. What is your favourite memory to date of being involved with Newport Town AFC?
Reaching the cup final this season after a string of great performances, where the girls finally found their confidence and played like I knew they could. We’ve had a few very memorable victories this season too that I’m sure the girls will never forget.
Q. If you could change or bring in one rule in soccer, what would it be?
To see female coaches in the top leagues…there are some very knowledgeable women out there i tell ya!
Q. What’s the funniest or strangest thing you ever saw happen during a match?
Robert Pires and Thierry Henry’s epic fail taking a penalty. Is always good to see an Arsenal blooper!
Q. Who has had the biggest impact on your soccer career to date?
My dad (and maybe Glenn Hoddle!) My dad is the whole reason I’m soccer mad. From watching him play every week when I was a toddler, to following him to every match when he was a coach. he started the obsession that’s only got worse as Ive got older!
Q. If you had one wish, what would you look to change/implement in NTAFC?
Maybe the introduction of half time entertainment in Derryleigh Park to go with the Dugout crew. I’m thinking Rob Kelly and his bagpipes as I’m sure everyone would love it!
Q. What advice do you have for the younger NTAFC players?
To never give up, always believe you’re good enough despite any knock backs along the way, and there’s no such thing as too much practice. Always play for the name on the front of the jersey not the name on the back.