Mud, mullets and Mars Bars

AS a six-year-old who first got into rugby because he could "dive around in the mud", record-breaking Nottingham back David Jackson never envisaged making a living from the sport.

Jacko 267 games

And following that training-ground trip with his rugby-mad father Peter, the mud-loving youngster certainly did not anticipate still playing for the same club 24 years later.

But Jackson (pictured) junior's journey to becoming his hometown team's all-time league record appearance maker  has been rewarding, enjoyable and memorable.

Along the way, the pacy full-back or winger has found time for five years of studying for a degree, worked as a science teacher, found fleeting fame for a mullet haircut and made the transition from part-time to full-time professional sport.

But 269 league matches later the professionalism Jackson now encounters plying his trade in the second tier of English rugby and chasing the promised land of the Premiership is a far cry from his early recollections of representing the Green & Whites.

"I remember being on a bus going to an away game and you got given a bag with a cob with copious amounts of butter in it, a pack of crisps and a Mars Bar and that was your pre-match meal," Jackson explained.



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