Anthony Collis
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alking about Worcestershire

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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.
 

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Last updated 07 January, 2018