Jack Butland is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for the English national team. Having represented England at all 5 age groups, Butland was promoted to the senior national team in 2012. He achieved his highest performance for his national team in 2018 when he was appointed to the 23-man squad to represent the country at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Butland has played for renowned club teams including Birmingham City and Stoke City. Follow us as we guide you through his football journey and reveal some facts about his personal life.
Butland was born on 10 March 1993. He was born in Bristol, England, but grew up in nearby Clevedon with his parents, where he attended Yeo Moor Primary School and Clevedon Community School. His football career began when he started playing for the neighborhood club Clevedon United before moving to the Jamie Shore Academy in Bristol City.
Butland came to Birmingham in 2007 on a two-year scholarship but left the club’s youth academy in 2009. He was still 17 years old when he made his reserve team debut before signing his first professional contract of two and a half years with Birmingham City. Before making his senior debut, Jack impressed so much in the youth section that he was named Birmingham City Young Player of the Year at the end of the 2009/10 season.
His promising football career was threatened when he broke his arm in October 2010 at the English international, which required extensive surgery. He recovered quickly and showed great mental strength, and played football again in April.
Jack broke into the club’s first team in the 2011-12 season and was given a squad number before the Premier League game against the Wolves. He was loaned to League 2 club Cheltenham Town for just a month to gain much-needed first-team experience.
Butland went straight into the first team and showed his impressive range of talent, so impressive in fact that he signed a new contract in Birmingham, which expires during the loan period in 2015. He was so impressive on the month-long loan that Cheltenham had to let him finish in February 2010 with a youth loan until the end of the season. Butland helped his loan team get automatic promotion and ensured many clean sheets.
After months on loan, he finally made his Birmingham debut based on his full English international debut. Butland’s international breakthrough came in September 2011 when he played for England under the -21 team.
After leaving Birmingham, Butland moved to Premier Club Stoke City on 31 January 2014 but returned to Birmingham to play the rest of the season. He came for an initial sum of £3.3 million, which could rise to £3.5 million.
After his loan in Birmingham City, Jack returned to be the third choice behind Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen and had to return on loan, this time to championship team Barnsley with a three-month emergency loan.
After a successful time at Barnsley, Butland made his debut after the first-choice goalkeeper, while Asmir Begovic was injured. In a match against Everton, Butland had to replace Thomas Sorensen as the second choice at half-time, the game ended 1-1. After months of understudy, Butland finally made his first full Premier League debut in a match against Liverpool that ended in a 3-5 defeat.
His promising career with Stoke reached an all-time low in the 2017/2018 season when Butland played 36 of 38 possible matches without being able to help his club avoid relegation. On the final day of the relegation was confirmed, Butland was visibly desperate, crying and criticizing the club’s transfer policy as a “farce”.
Jack Butland’s Girlfriend
Over a period of about nine years, from 2007 to 2016, Jack Butland was in a relationship with Steph Parsons, whom he met at school. Parsons works as a sports therapist.
The two had started to meet when Butland was just 14 years old. Their relationship seemed perfect until 2016 when the unexpected happened. Parsons left him after he discovered that Butland had cheated on him with an Emirate flight attendant named Annabel Peyton.
Butland had met Anabel in early 2016 when his team Stoke City was on holiday in Dubai in the middle of the season. Their relationship lasted for months before Parsons found out in April 2016. Butland made his relationship with Anabel public in June 2016 when he attended a gala night in Cannes with her.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
For a goalkeeper, height is a priceless asset. The physical demands of the English league make it even more important as it gives the goalkeeper an advantage in aerial battles. Jack Butland has a height of 6 feet 5 inches, which is about 196 cm. Butland has a weight of about 94 kg. His other body measurements such as chest, biceps, and waist have not been taken.
Other facts About Jack Butland
- Butland was born to his father Matt Butland and his mother Jill Butland as an only child without siblings.
- Football was not the first sport that Jacks was enthusiastic about, during his school days he was an avid rugby player.
- Butland suffered two career-threatening injuries in Birmingham City and Stoke City.
- His Audi RS5 was stolen from his home in Walsall in January 2014.
- Jack Butland donated 5,000 pounds to the British women’s football team of the deaf in December 2015.