There was much excited talk on the Doncaster Rovers website this week about a possible return to action early next season for Steve Brooker. But who or what exactly is Steve Brooker? Despite many written records of the Brooker since November 2008 there has only been one reported sighting of him, with a handful of people claiming to have witnessed the striker in the hazy distance, lurking by a far post in Watford.
Experts have examined photographs and video footage of this sighting and their findings remain inconclusive. Sceptics suggest that what many people believed to have been the Brooker was in actual fact Gareth Roberts venturing really far forward, simply a trick of the Vicarage Road floodlights, or just a mirage caused by the unfamiliar combination of celebrating an equalising goal and the heady southern air to Rovers supporters’ Northern senses.
Even fervent believers in the phenomenon known as Steve Brooker have to concede that as this one Saturday afternoon in Hertfordshire remains the only recorded sighting of the creature that the chance of its actual existence remains slim. Indeed there are many theories on the exact appearance of the Brooker, some say he has no movable joints, others that his ankles and knees are made of wicker. Another school of thought suggests that he has no emotions and that his mental state is actually governed by an unelected coalition.
Whatever, or whoever Brooker is he remains shrouded in mystery and that has prompted us here at Viva Rovers to launch our first ever competition. Do you think you know what Steve Brooker looks like? Well we want you to show us. Send us your pictures of Steve Brooker to firstname.lastname@example.org and the best one will win a Viva Rovers mug. Scan them and send them in a pdf or jpg format and we’ll show some of the best entries on here in the coming week.
To kick things off… here’s our own attempt;