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England captain Tip Foster centenary commemorated

Tip Foster Image copyright Anthony Collis
Image caption Tip Foster still holds England records in football and cricket.

The only man to have captained England at both cricket and football has been remembered by his former college on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Reginald Erskine Foster, better known as Tip Foster, still holds a number of England records.

A service of remembrance was held earlier at Malvern College, where he went to school.

In the summer, a blue plaque will be unveiled at the home of his county side, Worcestershire.

Debut record

Tip was one of seven Foster brothers to play cricket for Worcestershire before World War One.

During his first match for England in 1903, he scored 287 against Australia in Sydney.

That is still a record for an Englishman in Australia and an Englishman on his test debut.

He retired with an average of 46.30, having played eight matches for his country.

Foster also played football for the Corinthians and won five caps for England, making his debut in 1900.

He captained the side against Wales in his final match, in 1902.

'Amazing story'

He also played in the very first England match against Germany, scoring six goals in a 12-0 amateur team victory at White Hart Lane in 1901.

He died on 13 May 1914 aged just 36.

Two bronze trophies have been created to mark the anniversary.

One will go to Malvern College, the other to Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

Malvern Civic Society has paid to have the family graves restored and a service of re-dedication has been held by the graveside.

Anthony Collis is writing a book about the Foster family and called him, "one of the most talented batsmen of his era".

His great nephew Jonathan Fisher said: "It is an amazing story."

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