Faces of Tamworth: Champion of sport Ian "Butch" Southwell

By Newsroom
Updated June 10 2018 - 4:32pm, first published 6:30am

There would be few people who have made as big a contribution to the local sporting landscape as the late Ian Southwell. Awarded an OAM in 2002 for his for his services to sport, “Butch” or “Boss” as he was affectionately known was awarded life membership of seven different organisations including the Tamworth Hockey Association and Tamworth District Cricket Association. The TDCA’s home is named Ian “Butch” Southwell Cricket House in his honour and likewise the Tamworth Hockey Association instigated the Butch Southwell award for the player of the grand final. It is a measure of the regard Southwell was held in, and not just by the sporting community. As former Northern Daily Leader sports editor Geoff Newling reported after his funeral in 2013, Southwell was a generous man, caring husband, father and sportsman, city councillor and administrator. 

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