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Legend inspires Robert to write



Lifelong cricket fan Robert Brooke has finally fulfilled his ambition to pen a book about well known Warwickshire cricketer, Frank Rowbotham Foster.

Fascinated by the life of the allrounder, who led Warwickshire to the first ever Championship title in 1911 aged just 22, Robert from Knowle first mooted the idea around four years ago .

The 70-year-old, of Wilsons Road, eventually decided to tell the story of the fast left-arm bowler and explosive batsman whose career was tragically cut short at the age of 25 in a car accident, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the cricketer’s achievement this year.

“In his time Frank was famous,” explained Robert. “But then it started to go wrong and he ended up in a mental hospital.

“He lived in Moseley but was a boarder at Solihull Grammar School - now Solihull School - and was a member of the clothing empire Foster Brothers, although they threw him out.

“He was promiscuous and a gambler and ended up in court on fraud charges. He was given probation on condition he became a voluntary hospital patient and entered St Andrew’s Psychiatric Hospital in Northampton and was not known to have left until his death in 1958, aged 68-years-old.”

The Fields Were Sudden Bare by Robert Brooke is available by emailing him on or write to 3A Berrows Homes, Wilson Road, Knowle, B93 OHE. Cost £12 inc p&p.



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