|Full name||Christopher Forrester|
|Date of birth||17 December 1992|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2012–2015||St Patrick's Athletic||111||(38)|
|2013||Republic of Ireland U21||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:32, 15 February 2017 (UTC).
Chris Forrester (born 17 December 1992 in Smithfield, Dublin) is an Irish footballer currently playing for Peterborough United in League 1. In 2016, he came to prominence in Britain during a televised FA Cup game, earning praise from Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer. He was subject to an array of bids from Wolves, QPR, and Derby on the opening day of the January 2017 transfer window.
Forrester started his schoolboy career with his local team, Smithfield, where he stayed for three seasons. He played for Bohemians for three seasons before he moved on to Belvedere and was a member of the successful Belvedere side who won the FAI Under–17 Cup in 2010 by beating Carragaline United. After moving to the senior ranks, he rejoined Bohemians where he was a regular in their under 20s and A Championship team that reached the 2010 A Championship Cup final and the Dr. Tony O'Neill Cup final. Unfortunately for Forrester and Bohs, they would be defeated in both.
With the financial uncertainty at Bohemians during the off season, Forrester found himself in the first team squad alongside some of ex Belvedere team mates such as Craig Sexton and Keith Buckley. He made his first team debut for the Gypsies on 7 March against Portadown F.C. at Shamrock Park. Having been on the bench for the opening league games, Christopher made his league debut for the Gypsies against UCD on 8 April in a 2–0 win at Belfield. and scored his first goal for the club against Bray Wanderers on 2 May, netting the equaliser in a 1–1 draw.
His performances on the wing impressed many as he became a regular in the first team including featuring in Bohs Europa League tie against Olimpija Ljubljana. Forrester capped the off the season by being awarded the club's Young Player of the Year award for 2011. During the season, Chris also spent time on trial at Mick McCarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford.
St Patrick's Athletic
Forrester joined St Patrick's Athletic on 12 January 2012 on a 2-year contract. He started the season off well, his impressive form in pre-season earned him a start in the league opener against Bray Wanderers. Forrester scored two excellent goals in a 4–0 twin over Phoenix in the Leinster Senior Cup at Richmond Park. The young winger provided an excellent assist for his old Bohs teammate Christy Fagan to score in the Dublin derby against Shelbourne at Tolka Park, he called for a long ball from Ian Bermingham, made a superb run and flicked on a header to Fagan who slotted it home in the 43rd minute of the game.
Forrester became a fans' favourite after he played brilliantly in the Saints' 5–1 thrashing of rivals Shamrock Rovers, he scored the opening goal of the game after just 3 minutes when he smashed a left footed shot into the top left corner, he then set up John Russell on a tee who tapped in from 5 yards to make it 2–0, then came one of the goals of the season by the 19-year-old as he collected Chris Fagan's backheel and scooped the ball over Oscar Jansson in the Rovers goal for 3–0 on 40 minutes. Unfortunately he picked up a back injury which hindered his performance in the second half but he was taken off for Dean Kelly in the 68th minute to an amazing reception by the Pats fans after a memorable performance by the winger. Forrester's scooped goal in the Dublin derby went viral on the internet and was shown on the 'Showboat' section of the hugely popular football TV show Soccer AM, earning him great recognition around the world. Greg Bolger benefited from a Forrester assist late on to make it 2–0 against U.C.D. after a fine performance by the young winger. Forrester won the Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for April 2012 for his brilliant performances including the famous performance that made him a fan favourite against Shamrock Rovers.
Forrester scored a header from a Ger O'Brien corner after 43 minutes at home to Dundalk in the Saints first loss of the season. He impressed many with excellent and mature performances in the Saints 2012 Europa League campaign, playing in five of their six games against Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja from Iceland, NK Široki Brijeg from Bosnia and Herzegovina and German Bundesliga side Hannover 96 at their 49,000 seater stadium, the Niedersachsenstadion (temporarily called AWD-Arena). During the European run, Pats league form dropped but he did score away to U.C.D in a disappointing 1–1 draw. Arguably Forrester's best form of the season was in the last two months, as he set up Jake Kelly and Vinny Faherty's goals vs Derry City from the bench in a 3–0 win, scored away to his former club Bohemians as his side won 3–2, yet again setting up Jake Kelly and Vinny Faherty in a 5–0 win over U.C.D and scoring in the last two away games of the season away to Sligo Rovers and Derry City. The last game of the season was a bad way to end a magnificent season for Forrester, as he played the full 120 minutes of Pats 2012 FAI Cup Final loss to Derry City at the Aviva Stadium, but he did win the free-kick that Sean O'Connor opened the scoring with as the Saints lost their 7th FAI Cup final in a row and failed to end their 51-year drought in the FAI Cup.
After his first season at Pats ended, at the club's Player of the Year Awards night on 9 November 2012, he received the Supporters Young Player of the Year Award and the Goal of the Season Award for his famous lob against Shamrock Rovers. The following night, he won the PFAI Young Player of the Year Award, as voted by his fellow League of Ireland players. He also received more exposure in the World's media when he was included in the hugely popular football website 101 Great Goals' list of the top 101 Youngsters in the World in 2012.
Having just been called into the Republic of Ireland under 21 squad, Forrester was watched by Republic of Ireland senior team manager Giovanni Trappatoni in Pats' league opener, a 1–0 win against Drogheda United. Forrester made his 50th career league appearance on 2 April 2013 in a 2–1 loss at home to Dundalk. His first goal of the season came on 5 April 2013 when he scored the winner against Bray Wanderers at The Carlisle Grounds, controlling a Kenny Browne pass with his chest, then placing a wonderful volleyed lob over Darren Quigley from a tight angle. He followed this up by scoring his first career hat-trick and also setting up Conan Byrne's goal in a 4–0 win for Pats at home to Shelbourne on 15 April 2013. Shelbourne would suffer further, on 17 May 2013 at Tolka Park when Forrester scored a header from a Killian Brennan corner, Pats third goal in a 3–0 win. Forrester scored his 6th of the season when he scored a beautiful chip to put Pats 3–0 up in a 5–0 win over UCD on 28 May 2013. Although he continued to assist his teammates' goals, Forrester wen through a goal drought until he headed in the opening goal at home to title rivals Dundalk in a vital 2–0 win for Pats. He continued this form into the Saints title charge in the last month of the season, performing well away to Bray Wanderers and scoring and assisting away to UCD a week later in a 3–1 coming from behind. St Patrick's Athletic beat Sligo Rovers 2–0 on 13 October 2013 to win the 2013 League of Ireland, with Forrester coming in from the bench in the second half. A week later he picked up the first winners medal in professional football as the Saints lifted the league trophy following a 1–1 draw with Derry City. Forrester finished the season with a goal in a 4–2 loss against Cork City at Turners Cross in front of Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Forrester was voted the 2013 St Patrick's Athletic Young Player of the Season by supporters, his third club Young Player of the Year award in three years.
During the off season in the League of Ireland, Forrester trained with Bristol City. Unfortunately for Forrester, just before he looked to be offered a contract after impressing the coaching staff, then Bristol City manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked. Before he went to train with Bristol City, he had agreed with Liam Buckley to sign back with St Patrick's Athletic for the 2014 season. It was announced that Forrester signed a new contract with the Saints on 14 December 2013, turning down Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers. Forrester started the season off well, scoring in a 1–0 Setanta Cup win against Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park on 24 February 2014. His first league goal of the season came on the 4th of April when he opened the scoring against Dundalk at Richmond Park.
After an impressive debut campaign, which saw him earn comparisons to Michael Carrick, he was named club captain and rewarded with a new 3-year contract with the club, with the option of another year.
After a fantastic 2012 season, Forrester was called up to his first ever international squad when he was called up to Noel King's Republic of Ireland under 21 squad on 25 January 2013 for a friendly against Netherlands under 21's at Tallaght Stadium on 6 February. He came on in the 57th minute to make his first appearance on the international scene in a 3–0 win for the Republic of Ireland. On 8 March 2013, he was watched by Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trappatoni in Pats' league opener, a 1–0 win against Drogheda United. Forrester retained his place in the Republic of Ireland under 21 squad for the Friendly game against Portugal under 21's when Noel King made his squad announcement on 13 March 2013. He came on from the bench at half time in a 2–1 loss for the Republic of Ireland at Oriel Park.
- St Patrick's Athletic
- LOI Premier Division (1): 2013
- FAI Cup (1): 2014
- President of Ireland's Cup (1): 2014
- LFA Leinster Senior Cup (1): 2014
- Young Player of the Year (1): 2011
- St Patrick's Athletic
- Young Player of the Year (2): 2012, 2013
- Goal of the Season (2): 2012 (vs. Shamrock Rovers), 2014 (vs. Drogheda United)
- LOI Player of the Month (3): April 2012, April 2014, June 2015
- PFAI Young Player of the Year (1): 2012
- Peterborough United
- Players' Player of the Year (1): 2015–16
- BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Player of the Year (1): 2015–16
- PISA Player of the Year (1): 2015–16
- Away Travel Player of the Year (1): 2015–16
Professional appearances – correct as of 21 February 2017.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Bohemians||2011||League of Ireland Premier Division||20||1||2[a]||0||1[b]||0||1[c]||0||3||1||27||2|
|St Patrick's Athletic||2012||League of Ireland Premier Division||25||7||5[a]||0||1[b]||0||5[c]||0||2[d]||2||38||9|
|Peterborough United||2015–16||Football League One||35||2||5[i]||0||—||—||1[j]||0||41||2|
- Appearances in FAI Cup
- Appearances in League of Ireland Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- 1 Appearance in Setanta Sports Cup, 1 Appearance 2 Goals in Leinster Senior Cup
- 2 Appearances in Setanta Sports Cup, 2 Appearances in Leinster Senior Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- 4 Appearances 1 Goal in Setanta Sports Cup, 3 Appearance in Leinster Senior Cup, 1 Appearance in President's Cup
- 1 Appearance in Leinster Senior Cup, 1 Appearance 1 Goal in President's Cup
- Appearances in FA Cup
- Appearances in EFL Trophy
- Appearances in EFL Cup
- "Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer 'very impressed' with exciting Ireland prospect Chris Forrester". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- Belvedere win Cup
- Fingal win Newstalk Cup Archived 18 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- Bohs lose under 20 final
- Portadown v Bohemians March 7
- UCD v Bohemians April 8
- Bohemians v Bray Wanderers May 2
- Young Player of the Year
- "Euro 2016: Trio handed first Republic of Ireland call-up". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.