The ever popular backrow forward Dave Fairbrother will be back for the 2019-20 season following a much curtailed last campaign.
David Fairbrother grew up in Fleetwood and came through Fleetwood’s Mini-Junior and senior teams. He joined the Royal Marines, served two tours in Afghanistan and on his return quickly established a place in the Royal Navy 1st team. He has been a regular in the RN team and one of the most influential, playing regularly at Twickenham v the Army. He’s also represented the Combined Services and has been a regular in Lancashire’s senior squad which has also led to appearances at HQ. He went on tour with England Counties to Canada in 2016.
‘Fairy’ (31) joined Fylde for the 2014-15 season and has been a first choice no 8 since then, making a total of 86 appearances (and scoring 22 tries) to date, fitted around his RN commitments. He is a very mobile, athletic and tough backrower with tremendous fitness and durability. Given the nature of his ‘up and at ’em’ style of play, it’s not especially surprising that he has suffered injuries which have restricted his appearances, the last of which was at Chester in October 2018 which ended his season.
Warren Spragg said: “I am really pleased that Fairy will be back in a Fylde shirt next season. He suffered a terrible injury against Chester early on last season and the recovery process has been a slow one. He is an unbelievable ball carrier and a presence on the field who I would’ve expected to be in the National 2 team of the season if he had remained fit. We will look forward to having him back on the pitch leading the team from the front as he always does.”
David Fairbrother said: “I’m really looking forward to having the the opportunity to play for Fylde again for my 6th successive year. The previous season I was injured most of it and didn’t have the chance to showcase what I love to do .
“We have some amazing young talent coming through and I have no doubt we will get promoted back in to National One this season.”
David Fairbrother is sponsored in 2019-20 by the Commando Rugby School.