Forte, Jonathan

Birth Date

25th July 1986





Biographical Text

Jonathan Forte was an experienced striker who played Exeter City in 2018/19 before retiring.  

Jonathan began his career in the Rotherham United academy but it was for Sheffield United that he turned professional. In his early years at Bramall Lane Jonathan appeared for the England U16, U17 and U18 sides later playing at senior level for Barbados in 2008. He only started five games for Sheffield United but came on in another thirty-four matches before joining Scunthorpe United in 2007. With the Blades Jonathan was loaned to  Doncaster Rovers - with whom he picked up a winners medal in the 2007 Football League Trophy - and Rotherham United.. 

At Scunthorpe between 2007 and 2011, Jonathan scored 9 goals in 99 league appearances as the Lincolnshire club were promoted back to the Championship in 2009. He also went to Notts County on loan twice, the start of four stints with the Meadow Lane club. Then, when Joanathan left Scunthorpe for Southampton in January 2011, it was a move from the Championship to League One although not for long as Jonathan played in ten games as Saints were promoted at the end of 2010/11. But, over the next two seasons, Jonathan only played a single Championship game for the St Mary’s club as he was loaned to Preston North End, Notts County (again), Crawley Town and finally back to Sheffield United. When he left Southampton in May 2014 Jonathan signed, after a trial, for Oldham Athletic for whom he scored eighteen times in sixty league matches before finally signing for Notts County on a permanent basis in July 2016. In two seasons in Nottingham Jonathan netted twenty times in all matches prior to his release in May 2018.

It was at this stage that Jonathan, who had now played over 450 first-team games scoring nearly ninety goals, joined Exeter City on a one-year deal and made a goalscoring debut against Carlisle United on 4 August 2018. In total he hit five league and three EFL Trophy goals for City before announcing his retirement, because of a knee injury, in August 2019. 

Jonathan later became a self-employed fitness trainer in his native Sheffield.


Exeter City

League 27, Cups 4 (31)


League 5, Cups 3 (8)

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