Tommy Forecast

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Tommy Forecast
Personal information
Full name Tommy Steven Forecast[1]
Date of birth (1986-10-15) 15 October 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Newham, London, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Chelmsford City
Youth career
2002–2007 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2008–2013 Southampton 0 (0)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 4 (0)
2011 Eastbourne Borough (loan) 5 (0)
2011 Thurrock (loan) 2 (0)
2011 Bromley (loan) 11 (0)
2012–2013 Gillingham (loan) 2 (0)
2013– Chelmsford City 8 (0)
2013– Dartford (loan) 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:53, 26 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Tommy Steven Forecast (born 15 October 1986) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Dartford on loan from Chelmsford City.

Having started his career with Tottenham Hotspur, he made his début in the Football League for Grimsby Town,[2] after joining the club on loan from Southampton. He has also played for Eastbourne Borough, Thurrock, Bromley and Gillingham.

Career[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Born in Newham, east London,[3] Forecast joined the Tottenham Hotspur Academy system, and his first major impact came in the 2004–05 season with a string of fine displays as their Under-18s goalkeeper and helped his team reach the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup which included saves in a penalty shootout at Anfield.

After his stand out successes in the FA Youth Cup he was named in the first team squad as substitute six times during the 2007–08 Premier League but never played in a first-team game and quickly decided on a move away from White Hart Lane.

Southampton[edit]

In July 2008, Forecast was signed up by Southampton for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract.[4] At Southampton, he became very much a third choice keeper behind Kelvin Davis and Bartosz Białkowski, and therefore has appeared more at reserve team level; however after Białkowski's loan to Ipswich Town at the end of the 2008–09 season he became second choice keeper.

On 13 August 2009 Forecast joined Grimsby Town on a one-month loan following an injury to Town's first-choice goalkeeper Nick Colgan.[5] Forecast made his full professional debut the following day for Grimsby against Crewe Alexandra in a 4–0 defeat, The Crewe Chronicle described Forecast's debut as "one of the most shockingly inept displays the Football League has ever seen".[6] Grimsby sent Forecast back early from his loan spell on 3 September after failing to impress in his four games with The Mariners, and with Colgan still out on the sidelines Town manager Mike Newell opted to bring in Josh Lillis from Scunthorpe United to fill in the sticks until Colgan's return.

During the 2010–11 season, Forecast found himself demoted to the fourth choice keeper at Southampton, having fallen behind Jack Dovey in the pecking order, who would fill in on the bench for Kelvin Davis and Bartosz Bialkowski in the club's league fixtures.[6]

On 31 January 2011, he joined Eastbourne Borough on a 28-day loan,[7] and on 11 August 2011, he joined Thurrock on loan for a month[8] following which he was loaned to Bromley for a three-month period.[9]

On 4 June 2013, Southampton confirmed on their website that Tommy Forecast, alongside seven other professional players would be released come summer.[10]

Gillingham (loan)[edit]

On 20 July 2012, Forecast joined Gillingham on a season-long loan as part of a deal for highly rated young Gillingham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga[11] He made his Gillingham début on 4 September 2012 in a Football League Trophy tie away at Crawley Town. The game ended in a 3–2 defeat for the Gills.[12] He made his League début for Gillingham on 24 November 2012 away to Accrington Stanley. With Gillingham 1–0 up, first-choice goalkeeper Stuart Nelson was sent off and Forecast was brought on to play in goal.[13] Due to the suspension of Nelson, Forecast played the Gills next match which was an FA Cup second round tie away at Preston North End.[14] Before the tie, Martin Allen praised Forecast for his hard-work and believed he was getting better and better.[15] The game ended in a 2–0 defeat for Gillingham and it was Forecast's third appearance of the season.[16] Upon Gillingham wining promotion to Football League One, Forecast had the unusual honour of being part of a team that achieved promotion three years in a row with Southampton winning successive promotions. However, aside from loan spells elsewhere, Forecast only managed two League appearance in these 3 campaigns.[17]

Despite only playing 4 times whilst on-loan, Forecast was offered a permanent contract by Gillingham at the end of the season, and was released by Southampton. [18]

Chelmsford City[edit]

On 11 August 2013, Forecast signed for Chelmsford City who play in Conference South.[19]

He joined Dartford on loan for one month from 24 October.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 October 2013.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 2005–06[21] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[22] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08[23] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Southampton 2008–09[24] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[25] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[26] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[27] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grimsby Town (loan) 2009–10[25] League Two 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Eastbourne Borough (loan) 2010–11[26] Conference Premier 5 0 0 0 2[a] 0 7 0
Thurrock (loan) 2011–12[27] Conference South 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Bromley (loan) 2011–12[27] Conference South 11 0 4 0 1[a] 0 16 0
Gillingham (loan) 2012–13[28] League Two 2 0 1 0 0 0 1[b] 0 4 0
Chelmsford City 2013–14[29] Conference South 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Dartford (loan) 2013–14[29] Conference Premier 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 32 0 5 0 0 0 4 0 41 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tommy Forecast". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tommy Forecast". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Saints sign Spurs keeper Forecast". BBC Sport. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Saints snap up Chelsea midfielder". BBC Sport. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Bleak Forecast for Southampton goalkeeper". When Saturday Comes. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Midfielder Makes Prem Switch". Southampton FC. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Doble Makes Loan Switch". Southampton FC. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Forecast Makes Loan Move". Southampton FC. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Saints 2012/13 release list
  11. ^ "Gills Ship in Forecast". Gillingham FC. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Crawley 3 – 2 Gillingham". BBC Sport. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Accrington 1 – 1 Gillingham". BBC Sport. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "BBC Sport - Preston 2-0 Gillingham". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  15. ^ Hoad, Alex. "Gillingham manager Martin Allen has backed Tommy Forecast to perform in the FA Cup game at Preston North End". Kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  16. ^ "Tommy Forecast | Football Stats | No Club | Age 26 | 2007-2013". Soccer Base. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  17. ^ "BBC Sport - Gillingham 1-0 Torquay". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  18. ^ Cawdell, Luke. "Gillingham boss Martin Allen offers contracts to Andy Frampton, Deon Burton and Tommy Forecast". Kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  19. ^ May, Adam (2013-04-29). "Tommy Forecast and Jack Paxman Sign Terms". Chelmsford City FC. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  20. ^ "Tommy Forecast: Dartford sign Chelmsford keeper on loan". BBC Sport. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Tommy Forecast in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Tommy Forecast in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Tommy Forecast in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Tommy Forecast in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Tommy Forecast in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Tommy Forecast in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c "Games played by Tommy Forecast in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Tommy Forecast in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Tommy Forecast in 2013/2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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