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Title: ... p118 - Frank Foster Comments Memories by Kevin Blackwell, England

Frank Foster was generally reckoned to be the hardest player of his generation


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Kevin Blackwell, England

Hull Kingston Rovers



A wonderful website. Keith Pollard who had a story about Frank Foster has a wealth of stories about the game. He played in the Newcastle competition in the 70's (I think for Cessnock or Maitland).

Keith played in the same team as Frank, but the competition was stiff: Bill Holliday, Foster, Phil Lowe, 'Flash' Flanagan who died recently. I remember Frank Foster telling me he was about the best forward he had ever seen or played with. And Frank wasn't one for praising much. Keith Pollard said Frank told him that Brian McTigue, although not an enforcer, wasn't someone to tangle with. I've got a lot of Frank stories myself as my dad was a good pal of Frank's.

Frank Foster was generally reckoned to be the hardest player of his generation. I never saw him hit anyone twice. He was about 6 feet, but he had forearms likely popeye and the biggest hands I've ever seen on anyone. And he could take the biff as well. If there was ever a blue going on he would be the first person to carry the ball afterwards. However, he was a very good footballer; he could kick for field position, drop field goals, kick goals. So, he wasn't just an enforcer. The only time I saw him have trouble getting up was when big Dennis Hartley belted him with a stiff arm in a cup game in the 60's.

Appears in the following pages ....P118_Frank FOSTER
Date of posting ... 12-Jun-2007
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