Foster, George

Birth Date

26th September 1956





Biographical Text

George Foster played for Exeter City on loan from Plymouth Argyle during 1981/82. Playing 200-odd league games for Argyle, he then featured in around thirty league games for Derby County before making over 370 appearances for Mansfield Town. He later managed Telford United and Mansfield Town before taking on a number of assistant manager and chief scout roles in a forty-five year career in football. Earlier in his career he also appeared on loan for Torquay United.   

He became the first player to win Exeter City’s Player of the Year award whilst on loan from another club. He had been signed by the Grecians in December 1981, manager Brian Godfrey bringing the player in from local rivals Plymouth Argyle.

Ironically, George made his City debut against Argyle in a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park on 28th December 1981. He went in to be an ever present in the Exeter side for the rest of the season, making a total of 28 league outings before he returned to Home Park.

After leaving Exeter he went on to make a total of 222 appearances for Plymouth Argyle, scoring six goals. Prior to joining City on loan he had enjoyed a loan spell with Torquay United in October 1976. 

He linked up with Derby County from Argyle in June 1982, however in August 1983, Exeter City player-manager Gerry Francis enquired about bringing back George for a second spell at the club, but the fee quoted of £17,000 proved to be too high.

By far George's most successful spell in terms of appearances came when he signed for Mansfield Town, as he went on to feature in 373 games for the club, before finally retiring as a player in 1992 following an injury.

He was player-manager at Mansfield between February 1989 and May 1993, leading the club to promotion in 1992. He then took charge of Telford United for two seasons and, after a stint as assistant manager of Lincoln City, scouted for Glenn Hoddle at Wolves with whom he continued to work when Hoddle ran a football academy in Spain. With experience of running the academy at Stoke City, George later scouted for Hull City, Port Vale, Swansea City (as a European scout) and Cardiff City.

Returning to firt-team management at the age of sixty-three, George became James Rowe’s assistant at Gloucester City in December 2019 before following Rowe to Chesterfield in a similar capacity in November 2020. Stepping aside after a few months George continued to scout for the Derbyshire club until June 2022. 




Steve Steniford for photos of George in action.



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