Getting Personal with Andy Butler

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Andy Butler - communicate, listen and remain ... and don't show off!

Family status? Married to Sharon with two teenage daughters - Mollie and Tillie.

Who's your hero and why? Bobby Stokes - making a six year old cry with joy (1976 FA Cup final).

What's been the highlight of your grounds career so far? Probably preparing Newclose Cricket Ground for the recent County Championship game.

If your younger self saw you now, what would they think? He's worked hard and done okay for himself.

What job would you love, other than your own? Head Greenkeeper - based on one site - sounds appealing, without the stress of running a business.

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? Dislocating a shoulder showing off diving into large waves.

Brexit or Remain? Remain.

What is your favourite film? Pulp Fiction.

What is your favourite sport? A couple of years ago I would have said football, but now it's definitely golf.

What would you cast into Room 101? Cricket players who walk on freshly painted crease lines and bowls players that put their woods on the green when I'm still mowing

Do you have a lifetime ambition? Not really. I just try to give my girls guidance and the best possible future.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Whitney Houston, Freddie Flintoff and Louise Redknapp.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? Communicate.

What's your favourite smell? Coming home after a long day and smelling my wife's cooking. I imagine that must be a nice smell.

Which three albums would you take to a desert island? Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down; Sister Sledge - We Are Family; Billy Joel - Piano Man.

What's the daftest work-related question you have ever been asked? When a playing surface is flooded and players ask "is it playable?"

What's your favourite piece of kit? Tough one. It depends on the season. Spring working on a bowling green - Sisis TM1000. Autumn working on a cricket square - tractor mounted Graden. Winter working on golf greens - Air 2G2.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Conscientious, hardworking, grumpy.

What is the single most useful thing you could tell a 16-year-old groundsperson? Listen.

What talent would you like to have? To be able to sing.

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