Foster, Adrian

Birth Date

19th March 1971


Kidderminster, Worcestershire



Biographical Text

Better-remembered in Devon for his time with Torquay United, Adrian Foster briefly played for Exeter City in 1996 when on loan from Gillingham. He saw out his Football League career with Hereford United before, after playing for Yeovil Town, becoming involved in youth and non-league football in the Somerset area.  

Commencing his career as a youth trainee at West Bromwich Albion, Adrian became a full-time professional at the Hawthorns in July 1989 and went on make 27 league appearances scoring twice (including a goal in a 6-3 win against Exeter City). Transferred to Torquay United in July 1992, Adrian was a popular figure at Plainmoor and - after netting 24 goals in 65 league games - was on the move to Gillingham in September 1994. 

Proving slightly less-successful in Kent, nine goals in forty league appearances, Adrian arrived at St James’ Park on loan in March 1996. Making his debut in the home game against Plymouth Argyle on 23 March 1996, Adrian stayed for the remainder of the season appearing seven times without scoring as the Grecians endured an unhappy set of results. 

Leaving Gillingham soon afterwards, Adrian returned to goalscoring form with Hereford United before dropping out of the Football League to enjoy a productive spell with the up-and-coming Rushden & Diamonds ahead of moving back to the south west with Yeovil Town. He then appeared for Bath City and Frome prior to his appointment as player-manager of Gillingham Town in 2008-09 (thus achieving the rare distinction of playing for Gillingham in Kent and Gillingham in Dorset). Also managing Frome Town along the way, Adrian continued to work as a youth coach in the Somerset area whilst also becoming a foster carer. 



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