Sam named as May­field coach

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS FAITH NEWS -

ROCHDALE May­field have an­nounced the ap­point­ment of new head coach Sam But­ter­worth.

He takes over af­ter the re­cent de­par­ture of Matt Cal­land, who had many years at the club steer­ing them to a reg­u­lar play off spot up un­til last year.

But­ter­worth has been a fans favourite wher­ever he has played, be it Kirkholt, Hor­nets, Leigh or May­field.

He is rugby through and through and has a long his­tory with May­field stretch­ing back to watch­ing his dad Alec play for the club in the Pen­nine League and now his own son Lewis plays reg­u­lar first team rugby.

But­ter­worth has played for many years at May­field and even picked up the Peter Bir­chall May­field man of steel award and the NCL Divi­sion 1 player of the year in 2014.

This will be his sec­ond stint as head coach af­ter a suc­cess­ful spell in 2009, so he will know what to ex­pect.

May­field chair­man Si­mon Howe said: “As a club we are de­lighted that Sam has agreed to take on the roll.

“He knows the play­ers and the club in­ti­mately, he is highly re­spected by all at the club not just as a player but as a per­son as well.

“Sam loves his rugby and is of­ten seen at the club on a Sun­day morn­ing watch­ing the Mus­tangs youth games so there is no doubt about his pas­sion for both the club and the game.

“I am con­fi­dent that he will get the best out of the cur­rent crop of play­ers and that we will carry on play­ing open flow­ing rugby in the style that we are known for.”

But­ter­worth him­self says that the chal­lenge ex­cites him. He knows this will be no easy ride for ei­ther him or the play­ers but he will give it his ab­so­lute best and he will ask for noth­ing less from his play­ers.

“A big part of this game is at­ti­tude, ap­pli­ca­tion and com­mit­ment,” he said. “I want the lads to show pride in their club and their shirt and take that pride onto the pitch ev­ery week if we do that then we wont go far wrong.

“I have asked Steve Wood to come on board to as­sist and he has agreed. Steve has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the club af­ter start­ing out at Hey­wood he was an out­stand­ing player with un­ques­tion­able com­mit­ment and pas­sion for the game.

“He has a great record coach­ing youth rugby with his cur­rent u18s mak­ing a clean sweep of the tro­phies in their divi­sion and he is a well re­spected mem­ber of the club.

“Steve’s son Bran­don also plays for the side.

“Train­ing will start at the Soc­cer Fac­tory in Mil­nrow, 6-7pm on Fri­days and all play­ers, old and new are wel­come.

“Also we would like every­body at the club to watch the fi­nal test on Sun­day as Eng­land look to white­wash the Ki­wis. Play­ers and fans alike are in­vited, there will be food on and maybe a drink or two will be taken.

Howe added: “The fact that Sam has asked Steve to be his as­sis­tant is fan­tas­tic, two real club men at the helm of a great club and they in turn will be as­sisted by the NWML coach­ing staff Craig White, Neil Rams­den and Marvin Con­nolly.

“It’s tes­ta­ment to the youth pol­icy and the fam­ily ethos we have here at May­field when you re­alise that all five of the coaches men­tioned above have sons play­ing rugby at the club, I can’t wait for the new sea­son to be­gin in March.”

●●Sam But­ter­worth has been ap­pointed the new coach of Rochdale May­field fol­low­ing Matt Cal­land’s de­par­ture

●●New May­field as­sis­tant coach Steve Wood

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