Meet The Green Machine!
During the continuing lockdown and enforced break from rugby, we thought we would take the opportunity to introduce some of the key people who make the Green Machine work, both on and off the pitch – players, volunteers, committee – by way of a short Q&A profile. First up is the evergreen Rob Baldwin, Director of Rugby and still a formidable presence on the pitch. We plan to run one of these a week for the next 3 months, so keep checking the website and our Twitter feed – and, at the end of the series, there will be a competition with prizes..
1. How long have you been involved with the club?
Started in U7s some 30 years ago! I’ve had a few short stints away from the club on work experience but always remained ‘Green at heart’.
2. What’s the day job?
Work for the family business, Byworth Boilers. We manufacture industrial Steam and hot water boilers. Our boilers can be found in the PetroChem, Food processing, Pharmaceutical, Brewing & Distilling industries… I started my work life as an apprentice welder and teaboy, now I’m joint managing director (and still teaboy)!
3. Who’s at home?
Been married to Vics 10 years this summer!! Have three kids, Ella 6, Hugo 5 & Jude 2. We’ve now got the TV fixed so we’re sticking at 3!!!
4. What is your earliest rugby memory?
Forgetting my green socks to my first ever training session as a 6-year old, crying and going home! My first proper playing memory would be winning the Yorkshire Cup in the U11s. I was a crash ball inside centre! Lots of early memories watching the 1st XV home and away… Leeds Tykes at Headingley (I was on top of the South Stand roof in the camera box with Bruno Beck….. quiet day!)
5. What is your favourite Wharfedale memory?
Far too many to mention….. running Exeter close in the National Cup was up there. Finally winning the Yorkshire Cup has to get a mention too, but I think beating Redruth the last game of the season to stay up was the best!
6. What is your favourite away ground?
Redruth probably, but Goldington Rd (Bedford) is a real rugby spot too.
7. Three things that you like
Motorbikes, Skiing and Family holidays.
8. And three things that you can’t stand…
Self proclaimed political experts, who can’t see past their views, bulls****ers and litter louts!
9. Which three people would you most like to have round for dinner?
Has to be 4 sorry… George Hedgley, Max Bell, Josh Prell & Tom Mann (oh but we’d need big Stu serving!)
10. Three statements about yourself – two true and one a lie….
a. I scored 44 tries in a season
b. I hold the national record for yellow cards!
c. I have just got my helicopter licence