G. N. Foster
Senior Chapel Prefect
Geoff, the fifth of the seven brothers came the nearest to matching Tip's achievements.
As a cricketer at Malvern, his record was in fact better than any of the other brothers is his two final years with an average of over 50 in 1903 and 1904.
He went up to Oxford in 1904 having already played for Worcestershire as an eighteen old. His innings of 152 in two hours against Hampshire in 1905 gave great hope to the University - but it took him some time to settle in.
Like all the other brothers his all-round talent for sports was evident. He excelled at football and was a tricky forward with a great goal scoring record for Oxford and the Corinthians. With his ' Blue ' he represented Oxford in cricket , football, racquets and golf. He also played Football for England against Holland in 1907 and Wales in 1917 as an amateur international.
Geoff showed consistency and brilliant form for both Oxford and Worcestershire. In the summer noted for its dubious weather he scored 1182 runs-- an average of 40.75. His style was comparable with Tip's and in his final year at Oxford made 101 in just 1 hour for the University against the Gentlemen of England.
Had he not sailed to Nawanagar in 1909 to become secretary to the Jam-Sahib of Nawanagar he would have had an England place against Australia. However, he was back in England for the 1910 season ; but because of the war, he became less available for Worcestershire.
He later played a few games for Kent but the 6600, runs an average of 28.32 with 11 centuries did not do complete justice to his great batting talents.
With his gift for organization and an inventive mind coupled together with his resourcefulness, Geoff became a successful man in the city and a tireless worker for the sports he had played with such distinction. G. N. Foster played a large part in the birth of the 'Cricketer' magazine in 1921.
He was secretary and an inspiration to the Corinthians between the end of the first world war and the amalgamation with ' Casuals ' in 1938. He also gave his time to being secretary of the Oxford and Cambridge golfing society and was treasurer to the Tennis and Racquets association.
His sporting activities were curtailed a little by ill-health but he was a very tough opponent at golf.