Full name William Henry Foulke
Born April 12, 1874, Old Park, Dawley, Shropshire
Died May 1, 1916, Sheffield, Yorkshire (aged 42 years 19 days)
Major teams Derbyshire
Also known as registered at birth as William Henry Foulk and death as William Henry Foulkes
|First-class span||1900 - 1900|
William Henry Foulke, born at Dawley (Salop) on April 12, 1874, died in a private nursing-home in Sheffield on May 1. In 1900 he played in four matches for Derbyshire, making 65 runs with an average of 10.83, his highest innings being 53 v Essex at Leyton. He was the famous goalkeeper of Sheffield United, was 6ft 2½ins in height and very heavy --at least 25 stone - but always active.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Foulke's cricketing claim to fame was limited, but he was a footballing legend. He played for Sheffield United from 1893 to 1905 - making one appearance for England against Wales in 1897 - before being transferred to Chelsea for £20. He played one season there before moving on to Bradford City. He ended up working in a funfair sideshow on Blackpool beach, saving penalties. He died of pneumonia in 1916.
At around 25 stone, Foulke is believed to be the heaviest first-class cricketer of all time
Thirty years ago England were battered, bruised, broken and blackwashed in the Caribbean