Former Zebras scrum-half drops in from a great height PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 09 April 2021

sam carter 2.pngA former Workington Zebras player dropped in at the Ellis this afternoon – literally! 

Sam Carter, 28, is in the Royal Navy with 814 Squadron, part of the Fleet Air Arm and based in Cornwall. 

When he knew he was to be involved in an operation which would take him into the area he thought it was a good opportunity to see his family briefly, and his old club. 

Sam, who has been in the Royal Navy for eight years is an LAET (M) - Leading Aircraft Engineer Technical (Mechanical), said: “I went through the right channels to ok the landing and the Zebras were very good in agreeing. 

“I had actually played my early rugby for Aspatria before joining the Zebras, even though I am from Workington. My dad Alan was a hooker with the Zebras and I played scrum-half. I have some great memories of the club.sam carter 1.png  

“When we were playing before the pandemic I was in the Royal Navy squad and I was playing with my local club at Cambourne.

Sam is a mechanic and also on board the chopper was pilot Will Marshall who is from Cockermouth.

On the 20-minute stop Sam was able to have a quick catch-up with his parents, sister and grandfather before it was time to take to the skies again. 

Zebras chairman Dave Exley said: “When Sam contacted me and asked if they could land at the Ellis I was delighted to agree. It was good to see him and there were one or two officials down to greet him as well.” 

sam carter 3.png In the middle picture on the left are his mother Madeline and grandfather Bob Carter whilom the right are dad Alan Carter and sister Rebecca.

Rather poignantly his grandma, who died in January would have been 80 today.

Alongside are the Workington officials who greeted Sam on his return to the Ellis - from the left Ex-President Derek Robinson; chairman Dave Exley and President John Patterson.

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