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Title: ... p118 - Frank Foster Comments Memories by Peter Harvey, England former St Helens player

 I would bet that each one of them would name Frank Foster as one of the hardest forwards

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Peter Harvey, England former St Helens player

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28/03/2007

I was lucky enough to play in the great St Helens side of the middle sixties. We had a wonderful pack of forwards with many of them qualifying for the hard man title.I would bet that each one of them would name Frank Foster as one of the hardest forwards playing then. And as that was in the era when continuous play (no tackle counts)was the order of the day, arguably the hardest period in the history of the game.

Foster was renowned for standing no nonsense and didn't wait for the trouble to start, but set about starting it.Everyone knew that there was only one way for Frank, straight at you. However, in 1966 in two of the most memorable games ever played at Knowsley Road, Hull KR came off worst. The first time with that memorable last minute win by Saints and the second in the war that was the revenge game.

I did not play in either game but was very close to the action in both. After the second match which ended in an all out brawl I was sitting with a friend, each of us with our wives, in the Carr Mill Hotel. The Hull KR team called at that pub on their way home and my friend, a footballer, shuddered as Frank Foster, both eyes cut and bleeding walked across the room towards us, all of his mates behind him.

His offer of a drink to the four of us showed the measure of the man.As hard as they come on the field but no bully off it.

I'm sure that if I meet him again, and I hope that I do we will share a drink together.


Appears in the following pages ....P118_Frank FOSTER
Date of posting ... 04-Jun-2007
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