The book’s title refers to the
seven brothers who played first-class cricket for Worcestershire
in the pre-WW1 period, known as the Golden Age.
This 243-page book, privately-published by the author, is divided
into two sections. The first part is devoted to the sadly
all-too-brief life of RE ‘Tip’ Foster, who was the most talented
of the septet. To this day, he retains records, at least one of
which will never be taken away from him, namely: being the only
man to captain England at both cricket and football.
In part two, the other six sons, their four sisters and, most
importantly, their parents (Rev. Henry Foster was housemaster for
many years at Malvern College) are accorded separate pen
portraits. Fostershire contains numerous rarely-seen photographs,
many of which were kindly provided from the family’s collection.
Throughout the book, there are pen ‘prints’, which call to mind
long-forgotten, or lesser-known cricket personalities, invariably
with a short story to relate.
The book is topped by a foreword
penned by no fewer than three authors - (Prebendary Mike Vockins
(former CEO of WCCC), Andy Murtagh (author and former master at
Malvern College) and Jonathan Fisher (grandson of Johnnie, the
youngest and last of the brotherhood to die), and tailed by six
fascinating appendices (one of which includes a transcript of
Tip’s diary of his epoch-making Test debut) plus a detailed index.
The book is
available to cricket society members for £12 at the monthly
meetings at Edgbaston, Stourbridge and Worcester or by post for
£15 (includes £3 p&p) direct from the author: Anthony Collis (to
whom cheques should be made payable) and sent to him at 34a Chawn
Hill, Stourbridge, DY9 7JB.
07 January, 2018