Nicky Forster

Years at the club: 1999-2005
Date of birth: 08/09/1973
Birth place: Caterham
Position: Striker
Appearances: 179 (35)
Goals: 67
Clubs: Gillingham, Brentford, Birmingham City, Ipswich Town, Hull City, Brighton & Hove Albion
Honours: 4 England Under 21 caps (1995). PFA Divisional Two Award 1995, PFA Divisional Award 2002

Forster was spotted playing for non-league Horley Town and invited for trials by Gillingham in December 1991. After impressing with the youth and reserve teams he signed a professional contract in May 1992.

After spells at Brentford and Birmingham City he joined Reading for £650,000 in 1999.

Forster receives part of the credit for salvaging Reading's 1999–2000 season, during which the club rose from Division Two's relegation zone at Christmas to a finish in the top ten under caretaker manager Alan Pardew. However, an injured Forster was unable to contribute to the club's good fortune the following season. However, he did return in time for the 2000–01 Division Two play-off semi final against Wigan Athletic. In the second leg with Wigan leading 1–0 on aggregate, Forster came on as a late substitute. He set up Martin Butler for the equaliser before winning a penalty; after Jamie Cureton's effort was saved, and Forster scored from the rebound. Reading were to lose the final 3–2 after extra time to Walsall. He then scored 18 goals the following season as Reading were promoted to Division One.

Forster regards Reading's 2002–03 campaign as his best period of form during his career when he notched 17 goals, including hattricks against Ipswich Town and Preston North End as Reading finished in fourth place. He scored the opening goal in the play-off semi final against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but went off injured and Reading lost 3–1 on aggregate.

Forster considers the club as "home".

Despite being a popular player at Reading, he was allowed to join Ipswich Town on a free transfer in 2005. Unable to replicate for Ipswich the form he showed with Reading due to several injury setbacks over the 2005-06 season, Forster signed a two year contract with Hull City on 31 August 2006 for a £250,000 transfer fee.He had been a team-mate of Hull City's then manager, Phil Parkinson, while at Reading.

Moves to Hull City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford followed before he took on the role of Player/Manager of Dover Athletic in September 2011 .

(As at 2013)

Did you know?

Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.

Neil Webb, 1978-1982

Neil won 26 full England caps, the FA Cup and League Cup.

Bill Davies, 1953-1961

Bill totalled 226 appearances for Reading, playing in every game of the 1958/59 season.

Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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