Butterly, Jim 'Doc'

Jim 'Doc' Butterly was one of Collon's all-time greats. A powerful, strong, robust and fair full back, his broad chest filled out the jerseys of Mattock Rangers and Louth formidably. He grew up in Collon village and played football with the local club from a very young age. In 1960, he was on the Mattock team that landed the junior second division crown. Twelve months later he collected a JFC medal and, incredibly, the following year, he helped Mattock all the way to the SFC final, wherein they lost to Newtown Blues. In 1961, Jim was on the Louth team that won the All-Ireland junior football championship. He lined out for the Wee County seniors throughout the sixties and was known for his ferocious kick-out. He played for Mattock from 1956 into the early '70s and also had a spell with Glen Emmets (having moved to Tullyallen) before hanging up the big boots. Doc often turned his hand to coaching and he led Mattock to the 1968 county minor final.

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