Robin Astles Death, Obituary- With heavy hearts, we convey the sorrowful news of the passing of a true club icon, Robin Astles. His valiant battle against the rare yet formidable ailment, amyloidosis, has come to an end. Robin’s imprint on the club is indelible, his absence keenly felt by not only the Sandbach members but also by visitors and the entire local community.
In the late 1960s, Robin joined the ranks of the then Old Sandbachians, following in the footsteps of his elder brother Tony. Swiftly, he established himself as a charismatic fixture within the club, his quick wit and self-assured demeanor becoming his trademark. His magnetism extended beyond his teammates, pulling players to the team with ease. Renowned for his potent and forceful runs, he frequently graced the scoreboard with tries. Passing was never his first instinct; he relished the opportunity to personally breach the opposition’s defense.
The early 80s saw him don the 1st XV jersey on several occasions before embarking on an overseas work venture. Upon his return, he rejoined old comrades, featuring prominently in the storied 4th XV / Vets teams during the late 90s and early 2000s. Remarkably, he retired from active play in his 50s, though occasional friendly matches still beckoned him.
In 2009, Robin assumed the mantle of Club Chairman, a role he embraced until 2016. His tenure witnessed the club’s expansion, culminating in the 1st XV’s ascent to the National Leagues, a position they proudly uphold. Moreover, he was a linchpin in shaping Sandbach RUFC’s ethos and principles, helping mold it into the entity it stands as today.
Robin, your departure leaves an irreplaceable void. Yet, your legacy persists, interwoven into the local tapestry and etched in the memories of all those fortunate enough to cross paths with you. As we bid you farewell, we find solace in the enduring impact you’ve etched in our hearts and in the very essence of the club you cherished. Rest in peace, Robin.