Ben Foster (footballer)

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Ben Foster
Ben Foster Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion 2017.jpg
Foster playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2017
Personal information
Full name Ben Anthony Foster[1]
Date of birth (1983-04-03) 3 April 1983 (age 37)[2]
Place of birth Leamington Spa, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[3]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Watford
Number 26
Youth career
0000–2000 Racing Club Warwick
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Racing Club Warwick
2001–2005 Stoke City 0 (0)
2002Bristol City (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2003Tiverton Town (loan) 16 (0)
2004Stafford Rangers (loan) 1 (0)
2004Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2 (0)
2005Wrexham (loan) 17 (0)
2005–2010 Manchester United 12 (0)
2005–2006Watford (loan) 44 (0)
2006–2007Watford (loan) 29 (0)
2010–2012 Birmingham City 38 (0)
2011–2012West Bromwich Albion (loan) 37 (0)
2012–2018 West Bromwich Albion 172 (0)
2018– Watford 76 (0)
National team
2007–2014 England 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 June 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 November 2019 (UTC)

Ben Foster (born 3 April 1983) is an English footballer. He is a former England national team goalkeeper who currently plays for the Premier league club Watford. He holds the record for having done the most no. of saves (1178) in premier league history.[4][5]

Foster started his football career at Racing Club Warwick and in 2001, secured his first transfer to Stoke City. Although considered promising, Foster struggled and could not get regular game-time in his youth days.[6]

In 2005 he departed, without playing a single match, from Stoke City after a series of loan spells and joined Manchester United where he played as a back-up to Edwin van der Sar. He was loaned twice, consecutively, for the years 2005-06 and 2006-07 to Watford before spending three more seasons at Manchester United as a substitute goalkeeper. He finally left Manchester United for Birmingham City in 2010.[7]

It was from this time that Foster started to get regular starts in all the teams he played till now. At Birmingham City, he instantly established himself in the main-eleven for the 2010-11 season. The next season, West Bromwich Albion successfully managed to seal a loan deal with Birmingham City for Foster before finalising the transfer in 2012. He spent a total of seasons at West Brom before leaving the club for Watford in 2018. Since joining Watford, he has been praised several times by analysts for his calm presence in the goal behind a considerably weak Watford defense and has won back-to-back Premier league goalkeeper of the year awards at the London Football Awards.[8]

Personal life[change | change source]

Born in Leamington Spa, Ben Foster used to work as a chef before he started his career as a footballer. He is currently married to Kate Foster with whom he has 2 childrens. The family lives in a self-designed house at Tiddington, Warwickshire.[9] Besides football, Foster has deep interest in cycling and has taken part in various cycling tours.[10][11]

Career statistics[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

As of 20 June 2020.

Source:[12][13][14][15]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 2001–02[16] Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03[17] First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04[18] First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05[19] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bristol City (loan) 2002–03[17] Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tiverton Town (loan) 2002–03[20] Southern League Premier Division 16 0 16 0
Stafford Rangers (loan) 2003–04[21] Southern League Premier Division 1 0 1 0
Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2004–05[19] League Two 2 0 2 0
Wrexham (loan) 2004–05[19] League One 17 0 4[a] 0 21 0
Manchester United 2007–08[22] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09[23] Premier League 2 0 3 0 3 0 1[b] 0 0 0 9 0
2009–10[24] Premier League 9 0 0 0 1 0 2[b] 0 1[c] 0 13 0
Total 12 0 3 0 4 0 3 0 1 0 23 0
Watford (loan) 2005–06[25] Championship 44 0 1 0 0 0 3[d] 0 48 0
2006–07[26] Premier League 29 0 3 0 1 0 33 0
Total 73 0 4 0 1 0 3 0 81 0
Birmingham City 2010–11[27] Premier League 38 0 1 0 4 0 43 0
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2011–12[28] Premier League 37 0 2 0 0 0 39 0
West Bromwich Albion 2012–13[29] Premier League 30 0 0 0 1 0 31 0
2013–14[30] Premier League 24 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2014–15[31] Premier League 28 0 2 0 0 0 30 0
2015–16[32] Premier League 15 0 4 0 0 0 19 0
2016–17[33] Premier League 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2017–18[34] Premier League 37 0 3 0 1 0 41 0
Total 209 0 13 0 2 0 224 0
Watford 2018–19[35] Premier League 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2019–20[36] Premier League 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
Total 76 0 0 0 0 0 76 0
Career total 444 0 20 0 11 0 3 0 8 0 486 0
  1. Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. 2.0 2.1 Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  3. Appearance in FA Community Shield
  4. Appearances in Championship play-offs

International[change | change source]

As of match played 24 June 2014

Source:[37][38][39]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2007 1 0
2009 3 0
2010 1 0
2013 1 0
2014 2 0
Total 8 0

Honours[change | change source]

Wrexham

Watford

Manchester United

Birmingham City

Individual

References[change | change source]

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  2. Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 156. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
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  36. "Games played by Ben Foster in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
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Other websites[change | change source]

  • Profile at the Watford F.C. website