Sad News – Jack Foster

Jack Foster, a Lowerhouse member for 77 years, watches the game from his usual bench during the Lowerhouse Cricket Club 1st XI v Norden Cricket Club 1st XI Lancashire League Senior Division One match at the Brooks Foundation Ground in Burnley on May 5th 2019 in Lancashire (Photo by Tom Jenkins)

Jack Foster – 1932-2019

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of retired player, supporter and life member Jack Foster.

Jack Foster, a Lowerhouse member for 77 years, watches the game from his usual bench during the Lowerhouse Cricket Club 1st XI v Norden Cricket Club 1st XI Lancashire League Senior Division One match at the Brooks Foundation Ground in Burnley on May 5th 2019 in Lancashire (Photo by Tom Jenkins)

Jack passed away on Sunday lunchtime following a stroke a week earlier.

Jack played many years with the 2XI but had a 12 year 1XI career with a top score of 57* .

After retirement Jack continued his affiliation with the club where he had been a member since being a small child. Jack was a familiar sight both home and away, with his favourite spot with his pals on the parkside, and in the last couple of years adjacent to the groundsmans hut.

Jack was very knowledgeable about the game and would discuss cricket but was never critical of the team.

Jack’s daughter Catherine said that Jack’s last outing was watching the club only a few weeks ago, something he had done since being a small boy living on Thornhill Street a few strides from the club’s gates. Lowerhouse was his life long passion.

John Waite who struck up a friendship with Jack after taking Jack to hospital after a fall at the ground, described Jack as a remarkable man with a story to tell.

Along with the late Joe Waterworth, Jack was my reference library for our history. One of my abiding memories was from a couple of years ago when I was able to put a family in touch with Jack on the ground. There he told them tales of their great grandfather who had been a steward at the club. The look of delight on their faces as Jack recalled incidents and memories was a joy to see.

I have known Jack for 55 years as a neighbour and from being a tally boy watching Jack play. A few short weeks ago we were talking at the game. Jack will be one of very few people who were born in Lowerhouse, lived in Lowerhouse, played for the club  and watched by the team for their entire lives.

We send our sincere condolences to wife Barbara, daughter Catherine and Jack’s family.

Funeral details will be announced in due course.

Rest in Peace, Jack and thank you for your unstinting loyalty to our club.

Jack was recently featured in our piece in the Guardian, for those who didn’t see it.