For years it’s been the bane of many a local league manager... struggling to get a team of 11 out to play for the club week-in, week-out.
If the weather doesn’t lead to a sudden surge in unavailabilities, then the hangovers, the shopping trips or the call from work may just do it.
If a player’s getting married, expect most of the squad to be unavailable.
That’s local league footie.
However, Kirton Town never had that problem with Brian ‘Sockit’ Thirkell.
And to mark his dedication to the cause - 35 years ago this week - the attacker was presented with an engraved clock to mark a special landmark.
By turning out in the Fishtoft Cup to face Spilsby Town, Brian made it 150 consecutive appearances for the Graves Park side.
The previous game he had missed was more than four years earlier, in 1973 - and that was because he was bedridden with flu.
As he made his 150th appearance, Brian had played in 246 matches for Kirton.
And that was out of a possible 248
The only other game he missed was due to injury.
And even then he turned up to cheer his teammates on from the sidelines.
It was also a good job that Brian was a regular for his side.
Not only was he prolific at turning up, he was also prolific at finding the net.
The previous six seasons saw Brian finish as his club’s leading scorer.
He had bagged an amazing 239 goals in those 248 contests.
This goals had also helped Town lift the Boston League trophy, the Fishtoft Cup and the Boston Sports Cup.
His present was a gift from the Kirton Town committee and his teammates.
It was presented to the player before the Spilsby match by Boston and District Football League chairman Tony Appleby.
During the presentation, Mr Appleby paid tribute to Brian’s dedication, describing the run as a ‘wonderful achievement’.