Paul Rudkin deserves every compliment going.
He’s still turning out for the Spalding Sunday League side which he has run for more than 30 years.
And last weekend Paul, who’s 54, proved that he still knows where the net is for Jubilee.
I’m reliably informed that he “squealed like a girl” when his last-minute winning header hit the net. Good on him!
I’ve had the privilege of playing for Paul’s side on and off for the past eight seasons and I can vouch for the fact that his enthusiasm, organisation and dedication is never less than 100 per cent.
If it were not, he would never have got anywhere near making 775 appearances.
Forgive me for repeating that slowly...775 appearances.
• Talking of incredible achievements, I’m not even sure there’s more than one serious candidate for the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.
Robin Van Persie has single-handedly turned around Arsenal’s season.
The Gunners were the laughing stock for much of the early part of the season – particularly after that 8-2 Old Trafford mauling. But Van Persie’s sublime finishing has hauled them into being serious Champions League qualifier contenders.
He was an incredibly short 2/1 to be first goalscorer in the match against Newcastle on Monday. He was second.
Whether RVP also gets the PFA Players’ Player gong remains to be seen.
Let’s just hope he doesn’t have to rely on Toon keeper Tim Krul’s vote....
• I bumped into Spalding Town Cricket Club player/coach Jimmy Clarke at the weekend.
On the eve of the new season, the big guy was even more bubbly than usual.
Town are fielding no fewer than five teams.
And Jimmy reckons a first-team push for the title is a real possibility.
Let’s hope so. Good luck to new captain Rob Ambrose and his squad.