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George Foster (footballer)

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Full nameGeorge Walter Foster
Date of birth26 September 1956(age 60)
Place of birthPlymouth, England
Playing positionCentral defender

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George Walter Foster (born 26 September 1956 in Plymouth) is a retired English footballer and manager, who spent the majority of his career at Plymouth Argyle and Mansfield Town. He began his career as a full-back, but was later moved into central defence.

Foster began his career at his hometown club Plymouth Argyle, making his debut in a Division Three match against Hereford United on 20 February 1974. During an eight-year spell at Argyle, Foster played more than 200 games for the club, and also had loan spells at Devon rivals Torquay United and Exeter City.

In June 1982, Derby County paid £40,000 for his services, but would only spend one season at the Baseball Ground, before moving to Mansfield the following summer on a free transfer. He made his Mansfield debut on 27 August 1983 in a 4-0 defeat against Bristol City. However, things would soon take a turn for the better. In his first season at the club, Foster was named Player of the Year, and in 1984-85, he was named team captain, and marshalled a defence that only conceded 38 goals in the league.

In 1985-86, Foster helped Mansfield gain promotion from Division Four, and the following season he captained the side in their triumph at Wembley as Mansfield won the Freight Rover Trophy.

When Ian Greaves stepped down as Mansfield manager in February 1989, Foster was named player-manager. He did not gain the same amount of success as a manager as he had as a player, and he holds the dubious honour of being the only Mansfield manager who has been relegated twice, although he did also gain promotion in-between those two relegations.

In September 1993, following a poor start to the season, Foster was sacked as manager. The following month, he was named player-manager at Telford United, where he stayed until June 1995. Since then, Foster has worked as a scout for several clubs, including Wolverhampton Wanderers. In total, Foster played 448 games for Mansfield (373 in the league), and scored three goals. Two of those goals came in the FA Cup, while the third came in the Freight Rover Trophy.

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