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Playing position  Goalkeeper
Name  Derek Forster
Years  Team
Role  Footballer

1964–1972  Sunderland
Height  1.75 m
1967  Vancouver Royals
Position  Goalkeeper
Date of birth  (1949-02-19) 19 February 1949 (age 66)
Place of birth  Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Derek Forster (born 19 February 1949) is a former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He started his career at Manor Park School in Newcastle upon Tyne, and during his time at Manor Park he also played for the England school team. He then moved to Sunderland as a youth player, where he would progress to become their youngest ever player to make a first team appearance. Forster moved up into the senior side, but suffered limited appearances due to the presence of Jimmy Montgomery. He left Sunderland in 1972 to join Charlton Athletic before moving again to Brighton & Hove Albion where he finished his career.

Club career

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Forster started his footballing career during his time at Manor Park School, in the Newcastle Schools Youth Team. From here, he went on to make five appearances for England schools. In 1964 he signed for Sunderland as a youth apprentice, where he would become an understoody of record appearance holder Jimmy Montgomery. While still in the youth side of the club, Forster was called up to the first team due to an injury to Montgomery, and started a game against Leicester City on 22 August 1964. At 15 years 185 days old, he became the First Division's youngest ever player, as well as Sunderland's. Forster signed his professional contract at the club in February 1966. He made just 18 league appearances in his Sunderland career, spanning from 1964 to 1972, with Montgomery staying the first choice for the team until 1977. At 5 foot 9 inches, he was significantly shorter than most goalkeepers in the top flight.

He joined Charlton Athletic in July 1973, but again was left regularly unused, making just nine appearances in his solitary season at the club. He made the last move of his career in 1974 when he joined Brighton & Hove Albion where he made three appearances, later becoming an amateur player in the Wearside Football League.

After football, Forster became assistant manager of Washington Leisure Centre in County Durham.


Derek Forster Wikipedia

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