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GET TO KNOW | Ben Foster

Unpick Ben Foster's illustrious career

23 March 2023


GET TO KNOW | Ben Foster

Unpick Ben Foster's illustrious career

23 March 2023

The former Premier League goalkeeper will once again don the Wrexham shirt, as he re-joins the Club in first place, with eight pivotal games still to be played.

Signing on a short-term deal, Foster will hope to reignite the spirit of the side that ran out victorious at the Millennium Stadium back in 2005 when he lifted the LDV Vans Trophy. 

Before that, the ex- England stopper began his career for his hometown team Racing Club Warwick in the Southern League Division One South, whilst training as an apprentice chef at Café Rouge.

With strong performances at the Step 8 club, Foster found the recipe for success when he was scouted and signed by Championship outfit Stoke City. 

Unfortunately for the young keeper, injury problems halted his progress seeing him loaned out to Tiverton Town, Stafford Rangers and Kidderminster Harriers. 

However, by his own admission it was his spell with at the Racecourse Ground which shaped the future of his career. 

Arriving in North Wales in January 2005, Foster made his debut for the Red Dragons in the LDV Vans Northern Semi Final, in a 2-1 victory over Hereford. 

He played 23 times in all competitions for the Red Dragons, with his last appearance being in a narrow defeat to Swansea City in the Welsh Cup Final. 

Foster was part of the same Wrexham side as midfielder Darren Ferguson. His performances caught the eye of his father and Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who snapped up the prospect on a four-year deal at Old Trafford. 

Whilst with the Red Devils, he enjoyed his first spell with Watford in the Championship, albeit as loan move. 

He earnt his first professional promotion on his CV, beating Leeds United 3-0 in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

After his year with the Hertfordshire side, his then Manager Aidy Boothroyd heaped high praise on him saying 'he is going to be the best goalkeeper in the world, I’m convinced of that.'

The following year Foster made his first appearance on the world stage, making his England debut at Old Trafford in a 1-0 defeat to Spain. 

In 2008/09, he won Man of the Match in the Carling Cup final as United won the match 4-1 on penalties, after the game ended in a goalless draw.

United won the competition the following year, but it was at the end of the 2009/10 season that Foster went in search of first team football, joining Birmingham City. 

Foster continued his rich vein of form with the Blues, winning the Carling Cup against Arsenal, with another inspired performance in between the posts. 

The accolades didn’t stop there for him, as he was awarded Birmingham City’s Player of the Season and Player’s Player of the Season. 

He crossed the Midlands the next year, joining West Brom on loan keeping ten clean sheets, before signing permanently the next season. 

The keeper spent the next six years with the Baggies, winning both Fans' Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Year for the second time in three years in 2013-14. 

In the summer, Foster was part of the England squad that went to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Despite not being a tournament to remember, he kept a clean sheet in a goalless draw against Costa Rica.

Foster went on to make over 180 appearances in all competitions at the Hawthorns, before heading back to Vicarage Road.

The man from Leamington Spa, spent four years with the Hornets, before initially retiring in the summer of 2022. 

Away from football, Foster has created a career online, with his popular YouTube channel  ‘The Cycling GK’ and his chart topping podcast ‘The Fozcast.’

Everyone at Wrexham AFC is delighted to see Ben return to the Club, on a deal until the end of the current season.


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