Sam named as Mayfield coach
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