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.
independent review, please visit:
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:
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
[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
[Richard Brown – Chairman: Cricket Memorabilia Society]
I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed reading
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
Worcestershire Cricket Annual
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
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
me to check availability before ordering
11 May, 2018