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Inn & Outs Worcestershire Annual Review
 2018 edition

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Plus £3 p&p


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.

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The book is available by post for £17 (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.

Australian enquiries should be directed to Roger Page -


The following comments have been received by readers* of Fostershire:  

I have been meaning to drop you a line to compliment you on ‘Fostershire’. I’m most impressed by the research you have done – and by how well presented the book is. It’s a good-quality production.    [Stephen Chalke – Author and Publisher]

Congratulations on a fine piece of research on a family who have never received the recognition they deserved. I also really enjoyed looking at the team photos and records for each family member too. It is even more noteworthy that this is self published.   [Richard Brown – Chairman: Cricket Memorabilia Society]

I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed reading "Fostershire" over the last couple of weeks. How satisfying to be able to do justice to the family both by providing a physical place of pilgrimage through the renovation of the graves and bringing everyone to life through the book.  It's extraordinary that the detail of their amazing achievements had been allowed to drift into total obscurity and, as you say, equally surprising that no one has done anything about it before.
[John Claydon – Lydney, Gloucs]

* In addition, many positive comments have been received from members of the Foster family, for which I am most grateful.

Worcestershire Cricket Annual Review
2018 edition

The reincarnated County yearbook is now in its seventh year!
The annual covers all forms of cricket in Worcestershire at County 1st XI Level (with match-by-match Championship scorecards, summary scores of One Day and T20 matches) and summaries of County games at 2nd XI level, plus end-of-season tables of Birmingham League and  Worcestershire County Leagues.
The book also includes highlights of performances by Bromsgrove School and Malvern College.
The comprehensive set of Worcestershire first-class records since 1899 has had its annual update - where applicable!

The Worcestershire Annual Review is published at £7.00 plus £1.70 p&p
and may be purchased from the address below:

Please make your cheque for the amount of £8.70 payable to A D Collis
and sent to 34a Chawn Hill, Stourbridge DY9 7JB

Your order will be sent by return by first-class post.

Inns & Outs

A few copies only remain of the acclaimed book of cricket-related inn signs, many of which have disappeared since the publication of the book.

The hardback book which contains a Bradmanesque total of 334 pub signs, almost all of which are shown in colour, was researched by Anthony Collis and Geoff Wellsteed.

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Last updated 11 May, 2018