Paul Butler (born 2 November 1972, in Moston, Manchester, England) is a professional footballer who has one cap for the Republic of Ireland national team. He joined Chester City on July 25, 2007 and is now captain of the Blues.
He has also played for Rochdale (where he was twice named player of the season), Bury, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and Milton Keynes Dons F.C.
He received a Division One championship medal with Sunderland in 1999.
2004 - 2006 at Leeds
Paul Butler joined Leeds in in July 2004. He was first choice centreback at Elland Road during manager Kevin Blackwell's reign and is well known by opposition strikers for his crunching well-timed tackles. He was made captain at Leeds shortly after signing.
Butler was a regular for Leeds over the last few seasons and has played alongside many other central defenders such as Clarke Carlisle, Sean Gregan and Matthew Kilgallon.
On 26 October 2006, new Leeds United manager, Dennis Wise stripped Butler of the captaincy, replacing him with midfielder Kevin Nicholls. Wise also stated that Butler wanted to stay at the club. However on the 9 November 2006 Coventry City full back Matt Heath joined Leeds and the following day Wise told Butler he was not in his plans and that he was free to leave Elland Road on loan until January then on a free transfer
2006/07 at Milton Keynes Dons
On the 22 November 2006, he moved to Milton Keynes Dons on loan until 2 January 2007. On 2 January 2007 he was released from his contract with Leeds, and two days later he signed a permanent contract with the Dons. Butler left the MK Dons in March 2007 after only 9 appearances.
He joined Chester City four months later and has quickly struck up a strong central defensive partnership with Paul Linwood.