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.
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
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