Allen Foster

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For the Washington D.C. lawyer, see C. Allen Foster.

Allen Foster (c. 1887 – 8 August 1916) was an English footballer born in Rawmarsh, Yorkshire, who scored one goal from 13 appearances in the Football League playing as an inside forward for Bristol City.[1]

He began his football career with Rotherham Town, followed by two years with Bristol City, before moving into the Southern League with Reading.[1] A successful player at Reading, he was remembered for his hat-trick scored against Italian giants AC Milan in the club's 5–0 victory.[2] The result prompted the leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera to report that "without doubt, Reading FC are the finest foreign team seen in Italy".[3]

Foster served as a private in the 17th Battalion, Middlesex Regimentthe Football Battalion – during the First World War, and was killed in action at Delville Wood, Somme, in 1916.[4]


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 102. ISBN 190589161X. 
  2. ^ "Allen Foster". Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  3. ^ "One Day In History". Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Casualty details". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 

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