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Forest of Dean cricket team 1947.

FOD cricket team 1947

Forest of Dean cricket team 1947

Row 2 (back): 1 Stanley Jarrett, 2 Wilfred Meek, 3 Ron Aldridge?, 4 Charlie Hook, 5. Les Sleeman, 6, 7 William Hudson.
Row 1 (seated): 1 "Dit" Thomas, 2 , 3 Johnny Morgans, 4 Doug Hook, 5 Donald Brown, 6.

Thanks also to Steve Phillips, Johnny Morgans, Vincent Hoare, Royston Pritchard, Gerry Meek, John Vaughan, John Edwards, Colin Henderson, Robert Harris and Graham Turner.

Graham Turner added: "row 2 no 2 ... looks like Wilfred Meek who taught at Bilson School. Lived in Ruardean".

Colin Henderson added: "... Charlie Hook is 4th in from left back row. Charlie was a good wicket keeper from Brockhollands"

Robert Harris added: "... Wilfred Meek taught at Bilson School, Cinderford and was later head at Littledean".

John Wilkes added: "... Wilf Meek was said by many to be the best man never to play for Gloucestershire".

Roger Matthews added: "... I had the pleasure of playing with or against some of these men when I was a very young cricketer between 1959 and 1964. I played for Berry Hill, Bream and Lydney. They were fine players. Bill Hudson even in his fifties was an absolutely awesome opening bowler. He taught me a lot. Johnny Morgans and DIT Thomas were two of the most elegant batsmen I ever saw. Wilf Meek was another wonderful stroke player. I remember bowling him at Bream when I was 14. He graciously said to my Dad after the match that he had'nt seen the ball. I retain a sneaking suspicion that he gave his wicket away to a youngster . . . Happy long ago days".

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