Jeremy Blackmore was born in Bristol in 1966 and grew up in Clutton in the Chew Valley in north east Somerset.
He became hooked on the game of cricket in the early 1980s when his parents took him to watch a benefit game at Purnell Cricket Club in Paulton where he got to see the might of the Somerset ‘glory years’ side for the first time at close quarters.
He became a regular at the County Ground from then on and saw his first England game at Taunton in 1983 when England faced Sri Lanka in the World Cup. He fondly remembers the county cricket festivals, including watching a Martin Crowe century at Weston-Super-Mare and Vic Marks taking a career-best eight wickets in an innings at Bath.
Jeremy moved north to Yorkshire to study history and journalism at university in Leeds, but still found time to catch Somerset on their visits to Headingley as well as during trips back home during the holidays.
After university he became a journalist, working for local newspapers in North Yorkshire, eventually becoming news editor for three titles based in Ripon. This involved setting the news agenda, managing a team of reporters, sourcing and writing stories and checking copy. In 1991 he travelled to the Falkland Islands to report on the local Royal Engineers regiment’s tour of duty to the islands.
Jeremy moved into public sector communications roles in the 1990s. He retained his love of cricket and writing and started writing in a freelance capacity for magazines including Wisden Cricket Monthly. His published features included an in-depth interview with former England keeper Bob Taylor on the pros and cons of picking keeper-batsmen over specialist glovemen.
Jeremy now lives in Cambridgeshire with his wife and two sons, but retains a strong love of the county of Somerset and its county cricket club and visits as often as he can to visit family and to watch the team play.
His youngest son Christian is an avid cricket fan and budding cricketer and in 2013 became the fourth generation of the Blackmore family to watch Somerset play at Taunton. Later that year Christian was lucky enough to win the competition in aid of the Big Bike Ride. His special prize was a morning’s coaching with Marcus Trescothick, Jos Buttler and Jason Kerr in the indoor school.
Based within easy travelling distance of Lord’s, The Oval, Northampton, Trent Bridge, Leicester, Headingley and Fenners, Jeremy is well-placed to attend plenty of Somerset away fixtures and eagerly awaits the new fixture list each season so he can plan his itinerary.
He joined Steve Jennings in April 2014 shortly after the launch of The Incider, keen to write about the club and game he loves. Jeremy has brought his newsdesk experience to bear to help the site keep up with the latest news, but he also enjoys writing in-depth features to get behind the headlines and add an extra dimension to the site.
Jeremy is a passionate supporter of club cricket and was proud to introduce the ‘Club Watch’ feature to The Incider.