Tony Butcher

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAnthony Sidney Fairbank "Tony"•Butcher
Used nameTony•Butcher
Born1 June 1926 in Hackney, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died20 August 2009
AffiliationsThames Rowing Club, Putney (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Before he embarked on a medical career, Tony Butcher enjoyed a brief, but successful rowing career. He was educated at the City of London school, before going to Queen’s College, Cambridge, where he became a rowing Blue in 1947, when the Cambridge eight beat Oxford by 10 lengths. The following year, Butcher was a member of the Thames Rowing Club eight that won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley, and he followed that by competing in the coxless fours at the London Olympics. In 1949 Butcher won the coveted Silver Goblets at Henley with Tom Christie, beating fellow Thames men, R. C. Morris and Alan Burrough. In the five weeks prior to Henley, Butcher and Christie also won the pairs title at both the Chiswick and Marlow Regattas.

Butcher was a member of the England eight at the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland that won the bronze medal. In 1952 he came close to regaining the Silver Goblets, but, with new partner Peter Kirkpatrick, lost in the semi-final.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Rowing GBR Tony Butcher
Coxless Fours, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 h2 r3/4

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