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300 man Jacko vows there is much more to come

"IT'S just another game".

These are four words that sum up the attitude that has defined David Jackson as one of Nottingham Rugby's greatest servants.

Jacko early yearsMilestone moments are nothing new to Nottingham's league appearance record holder who will bring up 300 games in green and white when he steps onto the field at the Mennaye on Sunday afternoon.

These are the landmark moments that Jackson (pictured above in his early years) simply says come with age.

And rather than pause and reflect on 299 games over nearly 12 years of first team rugby with Nottingham, it is what is yet to come that drives the versatile back on.

"I've been part of Nottingham Rugby's past and I want to be part of the future as well. I just want to keep playing.," Jackson said.

"I desperately want to be part of where we are going, because we are doing some really good things this year. I don't just want to play one more game, I want to play lots more games and want to be part of it for as long as I can or as long as I'm needed.

"I'm proud to have played this many games for the one club and only that that I ever want to play for.

"It's nice, a good round number, but at the end of the day it is exactly that - a number."

As far as the numbers game goes, Jackson is on the cusp of a rare double this weekend, needing just two tries to reach the 100 mark.

For all his evasive tactics, the grandeur of celebrating a double milestone is enough to stretch a smile across his face.

"It would be nice to get two tries against the Pirates," Jackson said.

"I've sneaked over for a couple this season already and I've been working on my game pretty hard this season."

As the 14th Nottingham player to become a triple centurion, Jackson distinguishes himself as a modern-day great of the East Midlands club by joining the likes of former England internationals Gary Rees and Simon Hodgkinson in the select group.

Jackson is the first player in more than decade reach the milestone. The last to do so was Martin Freer who played his 354th and final game in April 2001. Heading the list, with an appearance record that is unlikely to be beaten, is Bob Pruden, who featured 430 times for the club between 1949 and 1972.

Jackson is in awe of Nottingham elite that he joins in the 300 Club.

"You look at those guys and their appearances and you appreciate the club's amazing history and those who have played for the Green and Whites," Jackson said.


Appearances Player Career
430 Bob Pruden 1949/50-1971/71
383 Robyn Matson 1964/65-1980/81
379 Richard Byrom 1985/86-1998/99
366 John Pearce 1967/68-1978/79
355 Peter Cook 1980/81-1992/93
354 Martin Freer 1986/87-2000/01
353 Andrew Warner 1948/49-1961/62
334 Martin Northard 1977/78-1987/88
320 Derek Dunn 1944/45-1963/64
318 Simon Hodgkinson 1981/82-1997/98
307 Gary Rees 1980/81-1996/97
304 Ian Clayton 1968/69-1979/80
300 Tom Cartwright 1921/22-1934/35
* 299 David Jackson 2000/01-(to date)

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