Richard Brooks (footballer)
|Full name||Richard Brookes|
|Date of birth||Unknown|
|Place of birth||Reading, Berkshire, England|
|Date of death||Unknown|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|King's Royal Rifle Corps|
|1908–1910||Royal Garrison Artillery|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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", Brookes retained his place for five matches, before being replaced by the veteran Bert Lee.
Brookes was recalled for the third match of the 1913–14 season, but after six matches Lee returned briefly before Fred Smith took over at right-back. Brookes was recalled in January for a further seven matches before Smith returned.