Ronnie was in charge of the Norwich City youth team at the end
of the 1970s and early 1980s. He was responsible for the development
of Justin Fashanu, Peter
Mendham and Mark Barham.
After working at Norwich Lads Club, he retired when it was closed
down. His links with the lads club means that he works with John
Fashanu in promoting and marketing Norwich boxer Herbie Hide.
Brookes was also a Norwich City Councillor, a Norfolk County
Councillor, and a magistrate. He was a staunch member of the Labour
Party and served as Sheriff of Norwich in 1974.
He passed away from cancer, aged 78, at his home in Hevingham
on 4th January 2010