There will be few people who could guess what Southwell Rugby Club player Tim Brooks has in common with Peter Shilton, Pele and Sachin Tendulkar.
TIM BROOKS played his 1,000th game for Southwell Rugby Club on Saturday. CONTRIBUTED
But the 50-year-old financial director of a Mansfield firm is well within his rights to compare himself to those sporting greats as he has achieved one of their famous feats — racking up 1,000 appearances.
Brooks reached his remarkable milestone playing for Southwell 2nds against West Bridgford 2nds, and put the icing on the cake by scoring the winning try.
He made his 1,000th appearance in a Southwell shirt after a career in amateur sport spanning 34 years.
Brooks, of Parfitt Drive, Farnsfield, made his debut for the Redmen in September 1980 for Southwell 4ths in an away match at Boston 4ths.
His only memory of that game is his mother’s disapproval when he arrived home having been plied with copious amounts of beer by his team-mates.
Since then he has racked up another 999 games for the Park Lane sides, the majority of them for the first and second teams.
Brooks said: “I started playing at school when I was 11. I have been lucky in that I have never been seriously injured so have been able to keep playing regularly.
“I have played second-row, in the backs, although I started off as No. 8.
“It has got to that stage where I’m playing rugby with the sons of guys I used to play with.
“My wife recently bought me a pair of rugby boots for my birthday so I’ll play for as long as I can — until my body starts hurting on a Monday morning.”
Brooks is a rugby referee and also coaches the club’s under-11 side, for whom his son, Sam, plays.
Two of his most fondest memories of playing for Southwell was their Nottinghamshire Senior Cup Final defeat to Newark in 1988 and playing on tour in Hong Kong.
He said: “When I played against West Bridgford on Saturday it did feel special. I actually felt similar to how I felt before my first game for the club — I felt a bit nervous.
“It’s always nice to win and I don’t many tries so it was another good day with the club.”