Rugby fan’s award joy

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A DEVOTED rugby league fan from Hemsworth has been given an honourary life member award for his unwavering support to his team.

Bob Fowler, 64, of Barnsley Road, spent years volunteering for Featherstone Rovers in various roles including match day host, stadium announcer and programme columnist.

He was presented the award by club chairman Mark Campbell, director Paul Fowler, chaplain Vic Johnson and Rovers player Ian Hardman.

Mr Fowler said: “You could have blown me down with a feather. They bought this big board in that all the players had signed, to be honest I couldn’t stop crying.

“I’ve been a club supporter since I was five years old – music and rugby are the two things I enjoy in life so when they did that, I got a reward better than winning the lottery.”

Bob, a retired coach holiday manager, began volunteering at the club when he was 15 years old. In 1997 he took on regular duties, selling programmes, contributing articles and doing odd jobs before moving into a match hosting role with VIPs and sponsors.

Mr Johnson said: “He’s been a supporter of Rovers for donkey’s years- he’s done a lot for the club, he loves it that much. Over the years he’s been a host and looked after players’ wives and introduced sponsors to the club. He made everyone feel welcome.”