Steve is an exiled lifelong Somerset fan now living just outside Liverpool.
He was born next to the County Ground in Taunton and was taken to Somerset games as a baby in the 60s. Apparently his Mum had to take him home on more than one occasion as his screaming was spoiling everybody else’s enjoyment.
He made his debut proper at The County Ground in June 1970 (v Warwickshire) the season before Closey. The Somerset team that day included Roy Virgin, Tony Clarkson, Peter Robinson, Merv Kitchen, Graham Burgess, Tom Cartwright, Derek Taylor, Brian Langford and Roy Palmer. He was a regular with his Dad from then on and experienced several years of lows before the “Richards, Garner, Botham” era. He and his Dad were at Lords in 1979 when Somerset won their first ever trophy. Without doubt a day – and memories – he will treasure for the rest of his life.
Despite moving away from Somerset in his early 20s Steve has maintained his support for his team travelling all over the country to follow them over what has been an almost 50-year roller coaster ride.
Steve’s Dad was treasurer of Taunton Town in the 70s, which nicely filled the gaps between cricket seasons. During that time they experienced success similar to Leigh Robinson’s current squad rising to the then Southern League.
Steve is also a keen baseball fan having followed the Boston Red Sox since the 1986 World Series. The Red Sox were at that time capable of losing in the most gut-wrenching manner, a similarity to Somerset which is he thinks is what drew him to follow them. He has been lucky enough to have worked in and visited Boston a number of occasions and seen many games at Fenway Park. Coincidentally Boston’s baseball team was once called the Boston Somersets!
Steve’s other passion is photography. As well as writing for The Incider Steve is in the process of building his photography website www.fullslidephotography.co.uk. A large proportion of the images you see on The Incider are Steve’s.
You can follow Steve on twitter @stevetancock62 and read more of his writing at www.SomersetNorth.co.uk