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Memorial to Lincoln City legends Butcher and Alexander

Helen and Sarah
Image caption Alexander's widow Helen (left) was joined by Butcher's widow Sarah

The widows of former Lincoln City player Richard Butcher and ex-manager Keith Alexander have unveiled a memorial in their memory.

The ceremony came after fundraising efforts by the Richard Butcher Memorial Fund, set up after Mr Butcher died from a rare heart condition in January 2011.

Image caption The memorial features an iconic image of Alexander and Butcher

Mr Alexander died ten months before his one-time protege.

More than 200 relatives, teammates friends and fans turned out at the Trust Suite, at Sincil Bank on Sunday.

Alexander's widow Helen said: "It's really, really good. A fitting picture. It was the best place that he ever worked and I think he always probably wanted to come back.

"I think he would have come back at some point in his life. And it will be there forever won't it, so people will always remember."

The memorial features an image of them walking off the pitch together.

Mr Butcher, a former Lincoln midfielder, was playing for Macclesfield Town when he died, aged 29, at his home in Swinton, Salford.

Mr Alexander was manager of Macclesfield Town when he died, aged 53, in March 2010.

Two plaques have been created after £8,000 was raised, and the second will be erected at Macclesfield.

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