BUTTERS SIGNS, HUX WANTS BUY-OUT
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 21-year-old Butterfield has been utilised by manager Lennie Lawrence as both a right-sided defender and midfielder, and he told the club's official website that he is quite happy with that arrangement.
"I'll play in whatever position the gaffer wants me to play in," he said. "I enjoy it in both areas, I'll just have to wait and see what the gaffer decides."
Meanwhile, airline chief Huxford (pictured) has revealed details of an audacious bid to seize control of the club from existing chairman Peter Furneaux.
Having been forced out of the club by Furneaux and co-conspirator Dudley Ramsden at the end of last season, Mr Huxford now feels that it is his duty to try and salvage the club's future by offering to buy up any available shares.
"The offer is there to everybody," he enthused. "I am prepared to take all their shares off them, at a price, until I have enough to enable me to run the club.
"This club simply cannot be run by committee. Throughout football the successful clubs tend to have one man calling the shots. The board has been beset by personality clashes for as long as I can remember."
A self-confessed Grimsby Town fanatic, Mr Huxford has already negotiated a major financial deal for the club, although he says that the investors simply will not entertain the idea of working with the Furneaux-Ramsden regime.
"They will only [come in] if there is someone in charge with a vision for the future and the energy to carry it through. They feel they cannot deal with the current board."
While the former vice-chairman is keen to take the club forward, he expressed his disgust that the present board is currently trying to strangle the club's ambitions by down-sizing their plans to build a new stadium - a project in which Mr Huxford was a prime mover.
"What sort of message does this convey about where the club is going?" he questioned.
"All they will get is another Glanford Park."
Although it seems likely that his ambitious plans will be scuppered by the board's refusal to entertain what is undoubtedly a brave and far-sighted ambition, it is clear that Grimsby Town fans are firmly behind Mr Huxford.
A recent poll conducted by an independent website indicated that a staggering 90% of supporters back his proposal.
If, as is likely, the move is suppressed, it seems certain that both Furneaux and Ramsden can expect a hostile reception from the Blundell Park faithful when the new season kicks off.