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.
During those days in National Two he cut a maverick figure, indulged the odd howler because of his age and the sheer volume of points.
More than one thousand came in the four seasons that spanned promotion and consolidation.
For so many reasons it is difficult not to see him as the heir apparent to the Moseley No.10 shirt, a pining for the past, a frustration with the present, a hope for the future, most supporters would love to watch a team masterminded by one of their own.
However, ever since he left for Pirates in 2007 and first returned in October the following year, successive Moseley coaches have seemed reluctant to back what they perceive as his instinctive risk taking, a refusal to be shackled to their game-plan.
Even more surprisingly that description is one the 28-year-old rejects, though.
As deadpan as they come Thomas claims he doesn’t see himself as a misunderstood visionary, a man either before his time or too long after it.
“I know every player is going to say it in an interview but I really am quite happy just to be playing. It is not a great issue for me,” he insists.
“When I found out I would be playing fly-half on Thursday my preparation was pretty much the same as it always is.
“I was really happy at full-back, a switch to the wing is not that easy and I’ll leave other people to judge how well I did.
“I would like to think I just do as I am told in terms of what the team wants and what the team needs.
“Obviously when you send 30 blokes on to a field and different situations arise sometimes instinct is going to take over.
“But I hope I can run a game consistently and not just as a one-off.
“You are told to play what you see by a lot of coaches nowadays and if the ball is in a breakdown and I see a bit of space more often than not I am going to try and take that space.
“Maybe a 21-year-old version of me would try things all the time but I am trying to rein that in, although there is always going to be that impulse to have a go.”
It is that impulse that makes him such a compelling player.
How many fly-halves would have had the awareness to have seen Brad Hunt lurking unmarked on the right wing last weekend?
How many would have backed themselves to deliver the punt accurately and how many would have actually done so?
Certainly not every outside-half in the Championship and probably not a few who are in the Premiership. But what if it had gone wrong?
What if the experienced Bristol full-back Sean Marsden had read his mind, intercepted and gone the length of the pitch to score? The small pocket of Billesley air around Kevin Maggs would have been blue. It is, however, a tendency – no, let’s call it what it is – an ability, to see and try the unexpected that makes him such an enigma and you have to agree with Thomas when he asserts the sport would be poorer place without its gamblers.
“I would be reluctant to lose that side of my game. In the recent World Cup we have seen some teams have struggled because they have not had that creative edge. If you don’t have that at all it just becomes a load of gym bunnies running around bashing into each other. I would like to think there will always be player that put the rugby into rugby.”
Especially if they have got a No.10 on their back.