1991 County Champions
where are they now?
Graham Gooch might have picked up the fifth of six County Championship successes for Essex in 13 years from the Duke of Edinburgh but the power behind the throne in 1991 was Neil Foster.
Gooch, who scored 996 Championship runs, missed half of his county’s matches while on England duty, leaving Foster to cover in his absence.
The former England paceman revelled in the role, taking 91 Championship wickets as Essex finished 13 points clear of runners-up Warwickshire.
Essex’s left-arm spinner John Childs said: “Gooch and Pringle were away quite a lot of the time and Neil Foster captained the majority of the season. Sometimes people forget what a class act he was.
“Had it not have been for the horrendous amount of injuries, he had to deal with and which finally pushed him out of the game, he would have played a lot more for England.
“If you look at his record he took nearly 1,000 wickets in a really short period of time. Keith Fletcher was around to help him as a captain and what’s also forgotten is that he was a useful bat as well. He could have been classed as an all-rounder.
“With Pringle away he backed himself to be the strike bowler and took it upon himself to either keep control or take wickets.”
Childs provided valuable support to his stand-in captain with 58 wickets.The spinner, who won two England caps, was brought to Essex after his release by Gloucestershire and continued to build on the success Essex had enjoyed under Keith Fletcher.
Childs added: “I had ten years with Gloucestershire and thought that my time was up but Ray East had retired a bit earlier than Essex thought he would and they felt that they didn’t have anybody of experience.
“I had bowled reasonably well against Essex during my time with Gloucestershire and they offered me a lifeline. I was lucky to be part of a very successful team during the late Eighties and early Nineties.
“During my time with Gloucestershire we came close to winning the Championship and had some success in the one-day competitions but we didn’t have the habit of winning on a regular basis.
“Then when I moved to Essex I won three Championships so it was a very successful team to be part of.”
BACK ROW (LEFT-RIGHT): Mike Garnham: Wicketkeeper. Lives in Halstead, Essex and for the last 14 years has been working as an architect in rural north Essex. Nasser Hussain: Batsman who captained England. Joined the Sky Sports commentary team as soon as he retired from cricket in 2004. Keith Butler: Batsman who is believed to be living and working in the London area.
Jon Lewis: Batsman and occasional bowler. Went on to coach Durham.
Rob Rollins: Wicketkeeper. He is now centre manager at the Angel Raynham Children’s Centre in Enfield, North London. His brother Adrian was also a professional cricketer with Derbyshire and Northants.
Alex Richards: Batsman who is the director of three family companies in the timber and wood panelling industry.
Craig Miller: All-rounder who is
living and working in his native Essex.
Nadeem Shahid: Batsman who is now based in Durban, South Africa, where he was co-founder of ThisIsMe and is also a property investor. Giles Ecclestone: All-rounder who is sales director at Bury St Edmunds-based Ocean Telecom, a company that he helped found in 2002. Adam Seymour: Batsman, who is now a self-employed coach and works in ground maintenance while also training to be an umpire. MIDDLE ROW: Salim Malik: Pakistan Test batsman, was handed a lifetime ban for match fixing and is now a businessman in Lahore.
John Stephenson: England allrounder who, since 2004, has been the head of cricket for the MCC at Lord’s.
Peter Such: England offspinner, who started his own coaching company and since 2012 has been the England and Wales Cricket Board’s national spin coach.
Mark Ilott: England left-arm paceman who after working in sales and as a brand manager, is master in charge of cricket and football at St Albans School.
David Boden: Seamer who has returned his native Staffordshire, living in New-castle-under-Lyme where he helps run the family roofing business.
Steve Andrew: Fast bowler who became a chartered surveyor and is currently a consultant at De Villiers Chartered Surveyors where he was previously managing director.
Alastair Fraser: Paceman who is the younger brother of Angus. He is head of football at St Paul’s School, London, where he also coaches cricket.
Guy Lovell: Spinner, who lives in Oldham where he runs his own plumbing and heating business.
Nick Knight: England batsman whose middle name is Verity in honour of great England leftarm spinner, Hedley. Is now a commentator for Sky Sports.
Ray Cole: Physio to Colchester United for many years and later became a governor of North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Keith Fletcher: England batsman who went on to coach his country. After that role he returned to Essex until stepping down in 2001. Is now retired and living in Newmarket.
John Childs: Spinner who, at 41, was England’s oldest debutant. Ran the Essex academy for many years and took semi retirement in September 2016.
Paul Prichard: Former Essex captain is head of cricket at Paragon Management and a brand ambassador for Woodland Group, Prettys Solicitors and Wormsley Cricket.
Derek Pringle: England seamer went into the media for The
Independent and Daily Telegraph. Now a freelance journalist and valued contributor to The Cricket Paper. Was Oman’s bowling coach for the WT20 qualifiers. Graham Gooch: England opening batsman and captain. Worked in the media before becoming an England selector and batting coach. Also coached at Essex.
David East: Wicketkeeper. Went into sales, returning to Essex as commercial manager and then CEO. Now in Abu Dhabi as CEO at Emirates Cricket Board.
Neil Foster: England fast bowler. Qualified as a chartered physiotherapist and now runs his own practice from near his base in East Bergholt.
Don Topley: A seamer whose son Reece plays for England. Has coached and spent 23 years as head of sports development at Royal Hospital School, Ipswich.