Fowler to talk at the Grand

Former Lancashire and England batsman Graeme Fowler
Former Lancashire and England batsman Graeme Fowler

Former Lancashire and England batsman Graeme Fowler is returning to the county to talk about his career at the crease and an ongoing battle with mental illness at the Grand Theatre in Clitheroe.

Lancashire’s dashing opener scored 16,000 runs for club and country, and was seen by many as a maverick, happy-go- lucky cricketer.

However, his international career was cut short by a potentially fatal injury soon mafter he became the first-ever England batsman to score a double century in India.

He also took on the West Indies fast bowlers at their peak – and lived to tell the tale.

But that was only part of it.

After retiring as a player, he went on to found the Centre of Excellence at Durham University, which became a model for others to follow.

There he helped breed the next generation of cricketers, with future England captain Andrew Strauss just one Test player who learned from Fowler’s coaching know-how.

But Fowler also faced another mighty challenge, battling depression and has worked to help others facing up to this debilitating illness, one he talks about in his new memoir Absolutely Foxed.

Now Fowler, who was affectionately nicknamed Foxy at Old Trafford, will be the special guest at the Grand Theatre, Clitheroe in November where he will recall a career packed with extraordinary stories and some deeply moving moments.

An evening with Graeme Fowler will take place at Grand Theatre, Clitheroe, on November 23, with tickets available from the box office on 01200 421599.