Rob climbs off the Terrace and gets behind the lens

Dons photographer Rob Terrace
Dons photographer Rob Terrace

You can’t get much closer to the action at a Doncaster Rugby League Club game than Rob Terrace does.

The 31 year-old has been the high-flying Championship club’s official photographer since 2010.

Since then Rob, who takes in both home and away games whenever work commitments allow, has covered numerous matches.

“I suppose the one which really stands out was the Championship One Play-Off final at Warrington in 2012,” he said.

A Dons’ supporter for over 20 years, Rob admits he sometimes misses being sat in the stands with the fans but wouldn’t change things.

“I love it,” he enthused. “Rugby League offers so many different photographic opportunities.

“My favourite pictures are those that tell a story and show emotion.”

Rob’s first taste of covering professional sport was working for Doncaster Knights.

“The club’s media manager Martin Haythorne was a friend of mine and he asked me if I’d be interested in taking some pictures for the club programme and website,” recalled Rob this week.

“It was Martin, who was also helping with the Dons’ website at the time, who introduced me to chief executive Carl Hall and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Despite the quality of his work, aided by around £6,000 of equipment, much of Rob’s efforts go unpaid.

“Obviously I’d love to do it full-time but with the current state of the industry, with a lot of photographers either being made redundant or facing losing their jobs, it is unlikely to happen,” he says. “However, I’ll keep on doing what I’m doing as it’s therapeutic for me after working hard during the week”.

As things stand, Rob will miss Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at Leigh.

“It’s going to be tough; Leigh are a very good team,” he said. “But hopefully we won’t come back empty handed.”