Butland On Emotional Day

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JACK BUTLAND says Saturday’s encounter with Aston Villa will be the perfect opportunity for everyone connected with the Club to honour the late Gordon Banks OBE.

There has been an outpouring of emotion both locally and nationally since the passing of the 81-year-old last week, with tributes surrounding the statue at outside the bet365 Stadium.

With Aston Villa the visitors to Staffordshire this weekend, Butland admits he will be nervous ahead of the clash but insists the match is an opportunity to honour Banks in taking home the three points.

“It’s an important day for the Club and it will be a great opportunity to respect someone who meant so much to everyone and football in general,” said Butland.

“I’m excited nervous about it but it’s a day we should all cherish, be grateful that we can be a part of and pay our respects to a legend of the game.

"We should embrace the day, we’ve heard the fans in recent games singing and chanting for Gordon Banks and I think it will be a positive atmosphere, but it’s important for everyone and for the Club that we win.”