Forster playing for Celtic in 2012
|Full name||Fraser Gerard Forster|
|Date of birth||17 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Hexham, England|
|Height||2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|2001–2005||Wallsend Boys Club|
|2008||→ Stockport County (loan)||6||(0)|
|2009||→ Bristol Rovers (loan)||4||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Norwich City (loan)||38||(0)|
|2010–2012||→ Celtic (loan)||69||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
He started his career with Newcastle and has had loan spells with Stockport County, Bristol Rovers and Norwich City as well as being on loan to Celtic for the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, becoming a permanent squad member in 2012.
Forster was born in Hexham and attended the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, but did not begin playing as a goalkeeper until he was 13 years old. Before then he had mainly played either rugby union or cricket. Forster played for the renowned Wallsend Boys Club, but coaches questioned whether he would be tall enough to become a goalkeeper. He started growing significantly at 15 years old and later signed with Newcastle United.
Forster earned his first professional contract with Newcastle United, signing for their Academy in 2005. Forster was Newcastle's third choice goalkeeper in the 2007–08 season while Tim Krul was on loan at Falkirk, and played regularly in the reserves. However in the six years he was signed to the club, Fraser never made a first-team appearance for Newcastle, mainly due to the fact that he spent most of his time on loan to other clubs, often lasting entire seasons.
Loan to Stockport County
With Krul back for the 2008–09 season and Given back to full fitness, it was the turn of Forster to go on loan. He was loaned out to Stockport County on 2 October 2008, to deputise for regular goalkeeper Owain Fôn Williams while he was away on international duty with Wales. Forster started his first game for Stockport on 7 October in the Football League Trophy second round, where they lost 1–0 away to Bury. He started his first league game for Stockport on 11 October, where his team drew 1–1 away to Southend United. He returned to Newcastle on 1 November, after completing his loan stint at Stockport playing six league games and keeping three clean sheets.
Loan to Bristol Rovers
Forster, having been on the bench for Newcastle on over 30 occasions in the Premier League and UEFA Cup, needed regular playing experience and subsequently signed a month-loan deal with Bristol Rovers on 31 July 2009. He kept two clean sheets in the four league games he played for them. Bristol Rovers asked to extend the loan but Norwich City made a counter offer which was accepted by Newcastle. Manager Paul Trollope was disappointed and commented that the team wanted Forster between the sticks. He stated "Fraser has a great career ahead of him".
Loan to Norwich City
Norwich City manager Paul Lambert was keen to sign Forster who he had seen play for both Stockport and Bristol Rovers. Forster then signed for Norwich City in a one month loan deal, and was given the 21 jersey. It was then extended to the end of January 2010 after making an impressive debut against Hartlepool in the 2-0 victory at Victoria Park. Forster received a red card on 26 September 2009 against Gillingham for bringing Curtis Weston down in the penalty area, however this was considered to be a controversial decision. He made a blunder in a 2-1 defeat against Leeds United on 19 October, with a 90th minute goal kick going straight to Jermaine Beckford who scored.
On 20 November 2009, Norwich City announced that they had agreed a deal with Newcastle United to extend Forster's loan until the end of the 2009–10 season, after impressing the Norwich faithful with his displays, helping the team shoot up the League One table. He was also allowed to play in Norwich City's cup games. Norwich City manager, Paul Lambert praised world class saves and a terrific contribution to the team.
In November 2009, Forster was awarded Norwich City Player of the Month. He was named Norwich's Players' Player of the Year 2010 and second in the Supporters' Player of the Year award. A fantastic season at Norwich was marked by his award of the Macron Golden Gloves Award for the best record of clean sheets in the league, keeping 18 clean sheets in 38 league appearances and 20 clean sheets in 42 appearances in all competitions.
On 24 August 2010, Forster joined Celtic, originally on a season-long loan from Newcastle. Celtic manager Neil Lennon described Forster by saying, "He's a big boy, he's come highly recommended, his age is the only thing going against him because otherwise he's all the qualities you look for." He made his Celtic debut on 29 August 2010 away at Motherwell and kept a clean sheet as Celtic won 1–0. He then went on to play in every match of Celtic's season with the exception of two cup matches.
Forster had a successful season with Celtic, winning a runner-up medal in the League Cup and Scottish Premier League. Between them, Forster and fellow goalkeeper Łukasz Załuska kept 23 clean sheets in the league, breaking Celtic's previous clean sheet record from the 2001–02 season. Forster kept 21 of the clean sheets. He capped off his season with a 3-0 victory over Motherwell to help Celtic win the Scottish Cup. In total, he kept 24 clean sheets in 44 matches for Celtic.
After appearing for Newcastle in pre-season against Darlington, Orlando City, Leeds United and Fiorentina, as well as being named among the substitutes for the opening game of the Premier League season against Arsenal, Forster rejoined Celtic, on loan for the remainder of the season, on 17 August 2011. He helped Celtic draw 0-0 against FC Sion at home, but then lost 3-1 in the away leg, only for UEFA to reinstate Celtic into the Europa League with 3-0 wins in both legs after Sion were found to be fielding ineligible players, thus allowing Forster to keep his two only clean sheets in Europe for the season, as he conceded in all the five group games he played in
Forster had a successful 2011-12 season with Celtic, winning the Scottish Premier League and helping his team beat the previous season's record of 23 clean sheets. He and Zaluska kept 25 clean sheets combined, Forster racking up 21 of them. In December 2011, Hearts were awarded a controversial penalty in the final minute of a league match at Parkhead, with Celtic leading 1-0. Forster, however, pulled off an excellent save from Eggert Jonsson's penalty kick to secure three important points for Celtic. In total, he kept 26 clean sheets from 47 games that season.
On 30 June 2012, it was announced that Forster had signed for Celtic on a permanent deal for a fee in the region of £2 million.
On 7 November 2012, Forster produced a world class performance against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League group stages, helping Celtic record a historic 2-1 win during the week of the club's 125th anniversary. Due to the calibre of his performance, the Spanish media nicknamed Forster "La Gran Muralla" (The Great Wall). Forster went to win a second league title with Celtic that season, and completed a league and cup double on 26 May 2013 with a 3-0 win over Hibernian in the Scottish Cup Final.
Celtic again qualified for the UEFA Champions League for season 2013-14, and again played against Barcelona at Parkhead on 1 October 2013, losing 1-0. Despite the defeat, Forster again impressed with several excellent saves, in particular an outstanding double save near the end of the match. Forster also pulled off a crucial save during 2-1 win on 22 October 2013 over Ajax at Parkhead, saving from Thulani Serero who seemed to be clean through on goal.
Forster's impressive performances for Celtic in the Champions League and involvement with the England international squad led to media reports in October and November 2013 that several clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, were considering to make a bid for the goalkeeper. In response to the press speculation, Celtic manager Neil Lennon commented "It's going to be impossible to keep Fraser, the way he’s playing", adding "Inevitably, I think a huge club will come in and make a huge bid for him."
On 4 October 2012, Roy Hodgson included Forster in his England squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland. On 8 November 2012, Forster was then named in Hodgson's England squad for their upcoming friendly against Sweden. On 14 March 2013, Roy Hodgson again included Forster in his England squad, this time for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. On 27 August 2013, Forster earned his fourth inclusion to the England squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine, joining Joe Hart and John Ruddy in competition for the goalkeeper's position. Forster won his first cap for England on 15 November in a friendly match against Chile at Wembley Stadium.
- As of 1 December 2013
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|Stockport County (loan)||6||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||7||3|
|Bristol Rovers (loan)||2009–10||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||2|
|Norwich City (loan)||38||18||1||0||0||0||3||2||42||20|
- Norwich Players Player of the Season (1): 2009–10
- Norwich Supporters Player of the Season runner up(1): 2009–10
- Celtic Players Player of the Season (1): 2012-13
- UEFA Champions League Team of the Week: (3) 2012-13 Round 3, 2012-13 Round 4, 2013-14 Round 3
- Football League Golden Glove Award League One (1): 2009–10
- Scottish Premier League Most Clean Sheets (3): 2010-11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- SPL Save of the Season (1): 2012-13
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