Look up the term “Mr Keighley Cougars” and there is no doubt the first name and/or picture you would stumble across is that of James ‘Buster’ Feather.
The club captain with over a decade of service to the Cougars is always one of the first names on the teamsheet and has been ever since his first team debut in 2006.
Buster made that debut in a Northen Rail Cup defeat to the Oldham Roughyeds at Cougar Park in the early stages of the Barry Eaton reign at Cougar Park.
Under Eaton, Buster would develop into the Cougars first choice hooker as well as becoming Captain as he led the side to promotion in 2009 when after finishing second behind Champions Dewsbury, Keighley would go on to win the play-offs by defeating Oldham in Warrington.
Despite the club entering administration in 2010, Buster turned down offers from other Championship clubs as well as Super League side Wakefield to stay at Cougar Park despite the inevitable relegation the side suffered.
After turning down the offer to follow Barry Eaton to the Crusaders, Feather led a new look Cougars side coached by Jason Demetriou back up at the first attempt with Workington seen off in Warrington on this occassion after Swinton beat the Cougars to the title during the regular season.
After an extremely positive 2012, in 2013, the Rugby Football League awarded Feather a testimonial year to mark his decade of service to his hometown club.
Whilst serving his testimonial, James was on the front line as the Cougars narrowly avoided relegation despite a last day defeat to Barrow on what was dubbed ‘Survival Sunday’.
Following a injury hit 2014 in which the Cougars were controversially relegated after a last day defeat at home to the Featherstone Rovers, Buster stunned the Rugby League world by announcing his decision to leave Cougar Park to join Barry Eaton’s recently promoted Hunslet Hawks.
However, Feather had a change of heart and just weeks after joining the Hawks and paid for the contract to be terminated at his own cost allowing a return home to Cougar Park ahead of the 2015 League One season.
And his impact was felt off the field that year following the tragic death of Danny Jones in the away fixture against the London Skolars despite missing two months off the season with a severe concussion he picked up in an away defeat to the Swinton Lions.
He did make his 250th Cougars appearance in the July of that year however in an away victory against the Coventry Bears at the Butts Park Arena.
2016 saw Buster the only ever present as the Cougars lifted the iPro Sport Cup with victory over the York City Knights in Blackpool despite a disappointing League season seeing the club miss out on the play-offs.
|Sponsor||David & Margaret Proctor|
|Date of Birth||15/04/1984|
|Previous Clubs||Hunslet Hawks|