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Nicky Forster




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Forster’s Football League adventure began when he was spotted by Gillingham playing for non-league Horley Town.

In May 1992, after numerous impressive performances for the youth and reserve teams, he signed a professional contract.

In his only season with the club he scored 18 goals before turning down a new contract and moving to Brentford for £320,000.

During this spell he proved himself a prolific goal scorer notching 39 times in 109 appearances. As his career progressed he left for Birmingham at the cost of £700,000, making 67 appearances and totting up another 11 goals.

He was on the move again two years later as Reading managed to sign him for a reduced fee of £650,000. Forster was with the Royals for six years, where he scored a striking 67 goals in only 214 appearances.

He was a popular figure among the Reading fans, and that feeling was very much reciprocated as Forster considered the club as his home.

He received a lot of the credit for recouping the club’s 1999/00 season when his goals lifted the club up from the relegation zone at Christmas and into the top 10 under caretaker manager Alan Pardew.

The resulting season he obtained a league winner’s medal as he scored 18 goals on the way to promote Reading into Division One.

Despite his popularity, he was allowed to leave for Ipswich in 2005 on a free transfer. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to replicate his form he showed at Reading due to multiple injuries.

The season later he left for Hull City at the cost of £250,000 to link up with former team mate and then manager Phil Parkinson.

He moved twice more, to Brighton and Brentford, before he stepped up to the position of player/manager at Dover Athletic in 2011.