Now here’s a question for you. Before Saturday when was the last time Ollie Thomas started a competitive league match at fly-half for Moseley?
‘Easy’, the shouts go up – in April, on the final game of last season against Plymouth Albion.
Nope, you’re not having that one, by Thomas’ own admission that match was a dead rubber and therefore fails the ‘competitive’ test.
I’m talking about a really important league match when a coach said to him ‘I’m trusting you to go out and run and win this game for us’.
In fact it wasn’t last season at all, Andy Borgen was the only man apart from Brad Davies to begin a game in the No.10 shirt.
The season before? No, Thomas was in France at Le Racing Club Chalonnais when Tristan Roberts was the Moseley incumbent supported by Borgen and even – in the famous Luke Pearce Match – by Andy Reay.
Not when he returned from on loan Cornish Pirates to drop that goal, as a replacement at full-back, at Twickenham in 2009 and obviously not in 2008 in his first year in The Duchy.
The answer? April 28, 2007, when Moseley went to Waterloo and won their last game of the campaign to ensure their first season back at level two ended with them staying there.
Thomas kicked 18 points that afternoon, six months shy of half-a-decade ago.
He kicked 18 on Saturday in the welcome victory over Bristol as well and while there have been fleeting appearances at fly-half in the intervening years.
They have been at the end of matches or in cup ties whose significance has ranged somewhere between inconvenience and nicety without ever being seen as a necessity.
That is not to say he hasn’t contributed. Without Thomas and his creation of the match-winning try in the quarter-final at London Welsh the National Trophy would not reside at Billesley Common.
Without Thomas Moseley might not even be at level two, so invaluable was his place-kicking in last term’s relegation play-offs when his accuracy was well over 80 per cent and he stuck the boot into Birmingham & Solihull like a baby-faced assassin.
Surprisingly he actually finished with 24 starts and 238 points yet still the outward perception of a tortured genius denied his birthright persists.
Thomas is as Red and Black as they come, his dad played for the club, he grew up at The Reddings and his early career was spent breaking Moseley records.