On Saturday the 4th September 2021, a proper game of league rugby broke out for the first time since 14th March 2020.
That is 539 days or 1 year, 5 months, 21 days or 17 months, 21 days or 46,569,600 seconds or 776,160 minutes or 12,936 hours or 539 days or 77 weeks, so long ago in fact that some players weren't even out of nappies back then.
It was a similar situation for the supporters. Everyone one of us was either looking older(obvs!), thinner, fatter, greyer or slower. In some cases it was all of the above!
What hadn't changed though was the never ending wit and repartee, especially from those drinking some of the loud juice from the bar.
Long may it continue.
"Time to reminisce..."
The player reunion has been rescheduled for April 23rd 2022, we thought that this would be the best option after the year we have had.
Look out for further details.
The last reunion was held way back in 2001. The photos from that event either be found here.
Neil Tucker (Tucks)
Team: Will Carpenter, Tom Wills, Mason Parslow, Adam Livingstone, Jonny Hicks, Ethan Thomas, Danny Harris, Bryan Largenton(c), Jack Crew, Dan Allison, Ollie Jones, William Trollope, Pat Childs, Ryan Hervey, Ed Ryder Smith. Replacements: James Lugtig, Ben Allcock, Elliot Poulter. Coaches: Dave Owen, Nick George
"Plenty of heart"
Clevedon were on the road for their first competitive league game in 17 months against Cleve, who entered Western Counties North via South West One last season.
After an emotional minutes silence for club legend Tim Brooks the started at a frantic pace and only relented when the heavies succumbed to the heat of the day.
It was always going to be a tough opening game and so it proved. However, Clevedon were never out of the game and showed some steely commitment throughout.
It was an open game of rugby that Cleve were marginally better at and they deserved their win.
Clevedon did have the possession to challenge and with a little fine tuning will be a force to reckon with for the rest of the season.
"On the road again..."
Clevedon's next game is away to second placed Winscombe on Saturday 11th September for a 14:30 kick off.
Brooker sadly died on the 23rd April 2021 after a sudden illness.
He was was a legendary Clevedon sportsman having played for the rugby club all his playing life. He was 1st XV captain for the 1996 - 1998 seasons and played well over 200 games as a creative bish-bosh centre.
Brooker's Clevedon Cricket Club playing career was equally brilliant and he played golf with the rugby club's Hookers golf society, touring with them on two infamous trips to France.
Tim was a man who had a huge zest for life and his passing has left a huge void in the lives of many people who knew him, me included.
Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife Rachel and their equally lovely daughters, Katie and Emily.
This is an eclectic mix of Brooker photos from my collection. In time, I will attempt to put a date and occasion to every one of them. For now though, please enjoy remembering what Tim was like as a husband, father, son, brother, sportsman, party animal and mate. Needless to say, he enjoyed life to the full and will be a great loss to everyone that knew him.
The full sized photos are here.