TOWIE is the Essex research group led by Wendy White on the second Thursday of the month from 2-4. Membership of the group is unfortunately full.
This month we looked at the lives and work of some of the many men who have played cricket for the county of Essex. It was only a snapshot of the total but it was surprising how many had started their sporting careers in football. Going right back tp the late 1900's with Moreton Peto Betts, and Syd Puddiford and coming more recently to Darren Gough whose son is now also laying cricket as a professional.
Essex has produced some notable captains of England and we heard about Nasser Hussain and Alistair Cooke both of whom played the game from schooldays onward as did Trevor Bailey who lived in Westcliffe and went to Alleyns school.
It was an interesting morning but met with mixed reactions to the game itself. It seems to be a bit like Marmite love it or loathe it. Nevertheless we go on with our meetings and next month we are charged with searching out information on some Essex towns.