Robert Butland

Nickname : Rob is usually fine, but I was known as ‘Admin’ for the first few seasons. I’m usually running around on matchday with a clipboard in my hand so it sort of stuck! Nowadays, it’s Rob, and I’m fine with that! 

Home Town : Pontefract, West Yorkshire. I’m a Wakefield District boy! The town is famous for confectionery production – my school was opposite the Haribo factory so in the summer we could smell the sugar deliveries from the playground. It’s a market town so we didn’t have much sport to speak of, but Featherstone, Castleford, Barnsley and Doncaster are within half an hour so we didn’t need to go far. My first ever game of watching Rugby League was at Odsal on a school night, so that says it all. 

Other RL Involvement : I played as a junior at Lock Lane, but moving to Cornwall at 14 meant I had to leave Rugby League behind. I came back into the game when I met John in 2011. 

Biggest Achievement : Without a shadow of a doubt, as far as the club is concerned, getting Rugby League onto the School Games and running our Secondary School festivals with St Helens. On a purely selfish level, I also won RFL Volunteer of the Year in 2017. I haven’t won much personally in my life. My day job has always kept me adaptable and resilient, so I am a jack of all trades and master of none (yet!). It seems development, communicating and talking to people seems to be my calling beyond sales and business management! 

Best RL Memory :  Before my family moved, RL was a constant for me so there are many! On a Friday, one of the Super League clubs in the area would be at home so we would go there. Usually, Castleford Tigers because we played at Lock Lane and we got in for free with player passes. Then on a Saturday morning we would have our Lane games and on a Sunday I followed Featherstone Rovers who have always been my team, as my mothers family grew up there. I was a season ticket holder and a ball boy. I spent the school holidays cleaning players boots and doing odd jobs around the ground. 

Purely where the Rebels are concerned, winning the South West Cup Final in 2013 – That will take some beating! There have been so many that I can hardly choose just one, but here and now I’ll go with that.