Jack Foster (footballer)
|Full name||John Samuel Foster|
|Date of birth||19 November 1877|
|Place of birth||Rawmarsh, England|
|Date of death||1946|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Rotherham Church Institute|
|1908–1909||West Ham United||15||(9)|
|1928||Bradford City (caretaker manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Foster was born in Rawmarsh, South Yorkshire, but started his professional career as an inside-forward at Blackpool of the Football League Second Division, where, during the 1901–02 season, he scored six goals from 28 league appearances. He then dropped down to the Midland League where he spent several seasons back in Yorkshire with Rotherham Town before moving to Southern League Watford in 1906. At Watford, he developed a reputation as a "dashing leader of attacking football".
He returned to the Football League when he joined Sunderland of the First Division in December 1907 for a fee of £800. He made his first-team debut on 7 December, playing at centre-forward when he scored in a 2–0 victory at Birmingham. Foster retained his place for the next six matches, scoring twice in a 5–2 victory over Woolwich Arsenal on New Year's Day, before losing his place to Angus McIntosh. His time at Roker Park coincided with a decline in his health, and his doctor advised him to move to a milder climate in the south.
Foster joined West Ham United of the Southern League in May 1908, where his form returned, scoring nine goals in 15 outings, including a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Portsmouth on 10 October 1908. In March 1909, he moved again, to join Southampton in an exchange deal with Frank Costello.
Foster's career at The Dell started badly as he missed some easy chances and after only six matches, when he scored once, he lost his place to Bob Carter, who had also joined the club recently. At the end of the season, he was on the move again to join Huddersfield Town, playing their last season in the Midland League and was their top goal scorer with 25 goals.
Foster was assistant manager at Bradford City under Colin Veitch. He succeeded Veitch in January 1928 as caretaker manager for the final four months of the 1927–28 season. He finished sixth in Division Three (North), just seven points shy of promotion before handing over to Peter O'Rourke.
- Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Sport. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-873626-07-8.
- Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 127. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
- Sunderland career details
- West Ham career details
- West Ham 3–1 Portsmouth (Match summary)
- Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.