Brian Rose book launch

Somerset cricketers from the last 65 years gathered in the 1875 Club at the Cooper Associates County Ground this week for the official launch of the book that SCCC President Brian Rose has just written.

Ken Palmer, who was playing his final season when Brian started his career in 1969, was present along with Vic Marks, who played with the author and has provided the foreword for the book which is entitled: Rosey- My Life in Somerset Cricket.

Marcus Trescothick, James Hildreth, Tom Abell, Paul van Meekeren, Andy Caddick and Charl Willoughby were also in attendance.

Also present were Anthony Gibson, who is known to many for his BBC commentaries on Somerset, who has worked alongside Brian Rose in getting the book together, and publisher Stephen Chalke from Bath based Fairfield Books.

In the book, Brian gives a full and frank account of his time with Somerset County Cricket Club, where he has been involved since he first donned a county shirt and played alongside his long-time friend and batting partner Peter Denning in the Under 13s.

It goes on to tell the story of how Brian was the man to lead Somerset to the first trophies in the Club’s history.

In the book Brian deals in detail with the build up to the EGM at Shepton Mallet in 1986, when he admits that he was torn between his loyalty to the Club and sympathy for his friends.

After the fall out of 1986 Brian remained involved with Somerset as Cricket Development Manager, during which time he signed the likes of Graham Rose and Steve Waugh to play for the County.

Brian also writes fondly about his years working for St Regis Paper Company at Watchet where he ended up as Sales Director.

Also discussed is Brian being invited to join Roy Kerslake and Vic Marks on a cricket review committee when Somerset were struggling in 2004. The upshot of this saw Brain appointed as Director of Cricket and Richard Gould as the Chief Executive.

Following the launch, Brian said: “I would like to thank both Stephen Chalke and Anthony Gibson, who came up with the idea to do the book in the first place, although I must admit that I was somewhat reluctant to start with.

“This book is dedicated to all the people in the past who have helped me in anyway and to my wife and two sons.

“Anthony and I spent many hours together with his tape recorder and he has written the book almost verbatim in terms of conversation. I have had tremendous support from Stephen and Anthony with spelling and statistics!

“I would like to thank everybody. It’s been great so far, and I wish the Club well for the future. I would like to thank Somerset for all their support and I hope that the book sells well!”

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