Colin Foster

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Colin Foster
Personal information
Full name Colin John Foster
Date of birth (1964-07-16) 16 July 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Chislehurst, Kent, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1987 Leyton Orient 178 (10)
1987–1989 Nottingham Forest 72 (5)
1989–1994 West Ham United 93 (4)
1994 Notts County (loan) 9 (0)
1994–1997 Watford 66 (8)
1997 Cambridge United (loan) 7 (0)
1997–1998 Cambridge United 27 (1)
Total 425 (55)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Colin Foster (born 16 July 1964) is an English retired football defender.


Starting out at non-League club Elmstead,[1] Foster made his league debut for Leyton Orient in January 1982 whilst still an apprentice. He moved to Nottingham Forest, for a fee of £50,000 in May 1987, making 72 league appearances under manager, Brian Clough. In September 1989, he became manager Lou Macari's second and most expensive signing for West Ham United for £750,000. Never a regular player under Macari, he became so under new manager Billy Bonds in a team which won promotion from the second division in season 1990-91. Three seasons broken by regular injury followed and after a projected £400,000 move back to Nottingham Forest fell through, when Foster could not agree terms, he remained at West Ham on a weekly contract. A loan to Notts County followed before he eventually moved, for a fee of £100,000, to Watford in March 1994.[2]


  1. ^ Club history at
  2. ^ Who's Who. A player by player guide to West Ham United FC. London: Independent UK Sports Publications. 1995. p. 68. ISBN 1-899429-01-8. 

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