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Twentyman Talks Back - 18 November 2010

By Geoff Twentyman
BBC Bristol

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All too often you discover some of the best stories in the most unexpected of places.

I was out socially in Bristol last weekend and bumped into David Mehew, a former team-mate of mine.

"Borris" and I played together at Rovers from 1986 through to the early 90s.

Dave is now the manager of Gloucester City, who play in Blue Square Bet North.

The squad was out on a 'wet the baby's head' night as one of the players had recently become a dad. Ironically the new father was not there!

Dave took great pride in introducing me to one of his players who had that day equalled Stan Myers appearance record by playing his 413th game.

Tom Webb, who made his debut when he was 16, will this Sunday set his own record when he starts against Chelmsford in the FA Trophy.

What makes the feat more amazing is the fact that Tom is only 27. The 'wow' factor is further increased as he is one of those guys who look younger than their years.

It's a heart warming story in its own right. I met the record breaker this week as we featured his impressive achievement on Points West television.

The midfielder is also very self effacing and modest. He fails to suggest that he has been a pretty decent player over the years!

Geoff Twentyman, BBC Bristol

Tom is a PE teacher at the Beaufort Community School in Gloucester and is eminently proud to play for his local club. The midfielder is very self effacing and modest. He is acutely aware that he has been relatively fortunate with regard to injuries.

He fails to suggest that he has been a pretty decent player over the years!

He chuckled at my suggestion that he could play 1,000 games but vowed to play for as long as his legs will allow him to.

Sunday is very much Tom's day. Family and friends, some who don't normally watch him, will be there to share in his personal achievement and glory.

It's typical of the man that he says the most important thing about Sunday is, not his record breaking 414th appearance, but simply that the team wins. He is a clearly a top guy with a top attitude. Long may it continue.

Geoff Twentyman presents the Twentyman Talks Back football phone-in at 1900 GMT on Fridays on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset. If you missed the latest programme you can listen to it by clicking here .




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