Cheryl Foster

Cheryl "Fozzy"[1] Foster (born 4 October 1980) is a Welsh football referee and former player. She became the all-time record appearance holder for the Wales women's national football team in 2009, after making her senior international debut in 1997.[2] At club level Foster spent nine years with Liverpool, playing in the first two seasons of the FA WSL in 2011 and 2012. She signed for Liverpool's FA WSL rivals Doncaster Rovers Belles in January 2013, before retiring later that season.

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Personal information
Full name Cheryl Foster
Date of birth 4 October 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Bangor, Wales
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Conwy Devils
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2003 Bangor City
2003–2012 Liverpool
2010St Francis (loan)
2013 Doncaster Rovers Belles 3 (1)
National team
1997–2011 Wales 63 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2010 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 May 2010 (UTC)

Playing career

Club career

After starting her career at Conwy Devils,[1] Foster moved to Bangor City and was the club's Northern Division top-scorer in every season from 1999–00 to 2002–03.[3] She also represented the club in the UEFA Women's Cup.[4]

In summer 2003 Foster joined an exodus of players leaving Bangor City for Liverpool.[5] By season 2009–10, she was Liverpool Ladies' longest serving player.[1] That season she was the Northern Division top goalscorer with 16 goals as Liverpool romped to the title.[6] Foster and Liverpool teammate Kelly Jones joined FAI Women's Cup winners St Francis on loan for a 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying tournament in August 2010.[7]

Foster had planned to retire at the age of 30 years, but changed her mind in order to play in the FA WSL.[8] She then scored Liverpool's first goal in the new competition, helping them to a 3–3 opening day draw against local rivals Everton.[9]

In October 2012 Foster was amongst ten players to be released by Liverpool.[10] She signed for Doncaster Rovers Belles in January 2013.[11] During the 2013 mid-season break Foster left Doncaster after struggling to balance the demands of travel and training with her career outside football. She announced her intention to start coaching and that she would consider whether to continue playing.[12]

International career

Foster represented Wales at youth level, winning five U16 caps, four U18 caps and scoring one goal in a single U20 appearance.[13]

Her full debut was in 1997[2] and she captained the side on her 50th appearance, a 3–0 friendly win over Slovenia in Llanelli in August 2009.[14] Foster won a record 52nd cap in Wales' 2–1 defeat in Azerbaijan in October 2009.[2][15]

In May 2014, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) recognised Foster's 63 appearances with the award of a golden cap at half-time of Wales' 4–0 win over Montenegro in Bangor.[16]

Refereeing

After deciding not to extend her career as a player in 2013, Foster instead started training as a referee.[17] She was an assistant referee at the 2013–14 Welsh Women's Cup final.[18] In December 2015, during her third season as a referee, Foster was named on the FIFA international list.[19]

On 18 August 2018, she became the first female referee to take charge of a Welsh Premier League game.[20]

Personal life

Foster is a Liverpool FC supporter[1] and works as a P.E. teacher at Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School, Chester.[2]

Honours

Club

Liverpool

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Players". Liverpool Ladies FC. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ladies football: Chester schoolteacher Cheryl Foster become most capped player in Welsh women's football history". The Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Bangor City Girls Football Club". Bangor City Girls Football Club. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Cheryl Foster". UEFA.com. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Bangor City Girls Football Club". Bangor City Girls Football Club. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Key figures honoured at Women's awards". TheFA.com. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  7. ^ "St Francis overhaul three-goal deficit". She Kicks. 10 August 2010. Archived from the original on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  8. ^ "No longer in it for kicks: women's football turns pro". The Independent. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  9. ^ Liam Chronnell (15 April 2011). "Reds boss praises battling spirit". TheFA.com. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Ladies release 10 players". Liverpool Ladies FC. 17 October 2012. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  11. ^ Paterson, Hayley (10 January 2013). "Belles snap up talented duo". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Fozzy leaves the Belles". Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Women – A Squad – Cheryl Foster". FAW.org.uk. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  14. ^ "Match Report – Wales 3 – 0 Slovenia". FAW.org.uk. Archived from the original on 12 November 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  15. ^ "Match Report – Azerbaijan 2 – 1 Wales". FAW.org.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  16. ^ "Wales v Montenegro - Wales Win With Ease". Football Association of Wales. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Golden girl Foster will train as ref and coach". North Wales Daily Post. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Brown fires Cardiff Met to Women's Cup Glory". Football Association of Wales. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Welsh referees make FIFA international list". Football Association of Wales. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  20. ^ "WELSH PREMIER". PressReader. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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