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Foster playing for West Bromwich Albion in 2017
Personal information
Full name Ben Anthony Foster
Date of birth 3 April 1983 (1983-04-03) (age 37)
Place of birth Leamington Spa, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club 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)
2002 Bristol City (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2003 → Tiverton Town (loan) 16 (0)
2004 → Stafford Rangers (loan) 1 (0)
2004 → Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2 (0)
2005 → Wrexham (loan) 17 (0)
2005–2010 Manchester United 12 (0)
2005–2006 Watford (loan) 44 (0)
2006–2007 Watford (loan) 29 (0)
2010–2012 Birmingham City 38 (0)
2011–2012 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 37 (0)
2012–2018 West Bromwich Albion 172 (0)
2018– Watford 68 (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).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ 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. As of February 2020, he has done more saves than any other goalkeeper in English Premier League history, only behind Petr Čech who has done 1136 saves.

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 couldn't get regular game-time in his youth days.

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.

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.

Personal life

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. Besides football, Foster has deep interest in cycling and has taken part in various cycling tours.

Career statistics

Club

As of 20 June 2020.

Source:

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 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05 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 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tiverton Town (loan) 2002–03 Southern League Premier Division 16 0 16 0
Stafford Rangers (loan) 2003–04 Southern League Premier Division 1 0 1 0
Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2004–05 League Two 2 0 2 0
Wrexham (loan) 2004–05 League One 17 0 4 0 21 0
Manchester United 2007–08 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 Premier League 2 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2009–10 Premier League 9 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 13 0
Total 12 0 3 0 4 0 3 0 1 0 23 0
Watford (loan) 2005–06 Championship 44 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 48 0
2006–07 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 Premier League 38 0 1 0 4 0 43 0
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2011–12 Premier League 37 0 2 0 0 0 39 0
West Bromwich Albion 2012–13 Premier League 30 0 0 0 1 0 31 0
2013–14 Premier League 24 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2014–15 Premier League 28 0 2 0 0 0 30 0
2015–16 Premier League 15 0 4 0 0 0 19 0
2016–17 Premier League 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2017–18 Premier League 37 0 3 0 1 0 41 0
Total 209 0 13 0 2 0 224 0
Watford 2018–19 Premier League 38 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2019–20 Premier League 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Total 68 0 0 0 0 0 68 0
Career total 436 0 20 0 11 0 3 0 8 0 478 0

International

As of match played 24 June 2014

Source:

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

Wrexham

  • Football League Trophy: 2004–05

Watford

  • Football League Championship play-offs: 2006
  • FA Cup runner-up: 2018–19

Manchester United

Birmingham City

  • Football League Cup: 2010–11

Individual

  • Watford Player of the Season: 2006–07
  • Alan Hardaker Trophy: 2009, 2011
  • Birmingham City Player of the Season: 2010–11
  • Birmingham City Players' Player of the Season: 2010–11
  • West Bromwich Albion Supporters' Player of the Season: 2011–12, 2013–14
  • West Bromwich Albion Players' Player of the Season: 2011–12, 2013–14
  • London Football Awards Goalkeeper of the Year: 2018, 2019


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