Saturday, December 15, 2007

12. Ben Foster

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Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Birthdate: 03 Apr 1983
Birthplace: Leamington Spa, England
Position: Goalkeeper
Appearances: 0
Joined United: 19 Jul 2005
United Debut:
International England

Ben Foster's arrival at Old Trafford was a whirlwind affair. The gifted goalkeeper was on loan at Wrexham when he caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson in the Football League Trophy final.

In Cardiff to watch his son Darren in action, the Gaffer noted Foster's fine performance, who kept a clean sheet as Wrexham won 2-0 after extra time.

Foster was scouted in the following three months, before being prised away from Stoke City - without ever playing for the Potters' first team - for an undisclosed fee in July 2005. He's never been one to stay in a place too long, with five loan spells in three

years at the Britannia Stadium, and that precedent continued after his move to Old Trafford.

After just one and a half pre-season friendlies for United's Reserves, Ben was farmed out to Watford on a season-long loan. Although tipped by many for relegation, the Hornets had a stunning campaign - thanks in no small part to Foster's performances.

Aidy Boothroyd's side returned to the Premiership after beating Leeds in the final of the Championship Play-offs. For the second year in a row Foster kept a clean sheet at the Millennium Stadium as Watford won 3-0.
Foster was a shock call-up to the standby list for England's 2006 World Cup squad. Although Ben's presence wasn't required in Germany, his international bow wasn't long in coming as a superb second loan season at Watford earned him a start - ironically at Old Trafford - in England's friendly with Spain in February 2007.

Steve McClaren's side lost 1-0, but Foster's noteworthy display was in keeping with his fine form throughout his season at Vicarage Road. Although he couldn't prevent the Hornets' relegation, Foster emerged as one of the great young hopes for both United and England.


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