George Butler, a native of Mansfield, where he worked in the ‘fancy silk trade’, a major industry in that town, came rather late to County cricket.

A powerful batsman he appeared in the county side from 1841 to 1852. Having acted as a pro with various clubs, Butler was appointed as pro at Trent Bridge for the Commercial and Amateur Clubs who used the ground.

He remained in post for some thirty years, being latterly umpire, groundsman and gate-keeper. Butler died in Nottingham in 1887.