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Richard Brookes (footballer)

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Richard Brookes (fl. 1908–1920) was an English professional footballer who played as a full-back for various clubs in the early years of the 20th century. Football career Brookes was born in Reading, Berkshire and after a career in the Army, with the King's Royal Rifle Corps and the Royal Garrison Artillery in Essex, in 1910 he found employment at the Eastleigh Works of the London and South Western Railway. He was playing for Eastleigh Athletic in the Hampshire League where he was spotted by scouts from his home-town club, Reading of the Southern League, joining them in March 1911. After a season with Reading, he returned to Hampshire when he joined another Southern League side, Southampton in August 1912. At The Dell he had to wait until 21 March 1913 before making his first team debut, when he replaced Arthur Coates at right-back in a 2–1 victory at Brentford. Described as "a strong, burly full-back with, at times, an inclination to be over-exuberant", B
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