Striker Jamie Forrester joined Peter Taylor’s Tigers in January 2003 as the new manager began to assemble a squad of players that matched the ambition for promotion shown by chairman Adam Pearson and his backers. Forrester was immediately introduced to the first team and after a few range-finding games he opened his account with three goals in three consecutive games against his former club Scunthorpe, Cambridge and Carlisle. However five goalless matches resulted in Taylor preferring new signing Ben Burgess up front with Jonathan Walters moving into Forrester’s support striker role. Forrester started 2003/04 on the City bench and was used primarily as impact substitute for most of the season. Jamie performed this role well, contributing three in three games again in October 2003 against Northampton (another of his former clubs), Carlisle (again) and Darlington. Forrester was in the first eleven on Boxing Day 2003 and scored in a 2-0 victory at York. That was his final goal for the Tigers and by March 2004 he had drifted out of the first team picture as City, powered by the goals of Ben Burgess, Danny Allsopp and Stuart Elliott, won a historic promotion with a win at Yeovil. Forrester left the club in the 2004 close season.
Bradford born Jamie Forrester took a path less travelled by English players when he joined Auxerre at the age of 16, having been nurtured at the FA National School of Excellence. After a year in France, Jamie returned to England and signed for Leeds United in return for a £120,000 fee. He made his senior debut for the Elland Road side in March 1993, coming on for Rod Wallace in a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest. A few weeks later he was part of the team that lifted the 1993 FA Youth Cup, scoring a spectacular overhead kick as Leeds beat Manchester United in a two-legged final. Over the next three years Forrester made 11 appearances for Leeds, scoring twice in the 1993/94 FA Cup against Crewe Alexandra. He also enjoyed loan spells with Southend (working under Shrimpers’ manager Peter Taylor, who later signed him for Hull City) and Grimsby Town. In October 1995 he returned to Blundell Park on a permanent move and in a year and a half at Grimsby Forrester scored nine goals in 46 appearances, making a third of those appearances from the bench. In March 1997 he moved up to M180 to join Lincolnshire rivals Scunthorpe, the first signing of his former Grimsby manager Brian Laws, and it was at Glanford Park that Forrester he made his mark as a first team regular. Playing alongside future Hull City team-mates Andy Dawson and John Eyre, Forrester was leading goalscorer for two seasons, scoring 42 times in 121 appearances and grabbing 23 goals in 1988/99 as The Iron won promotion to League Division 2 via the play-offs.
This form led to Dutch side FC Utrecht signing Forrester in June 1999, but the move was not a success and he returned to England for loan spells at Walsall and Northampton Town. At Sixfields he scored six goals in ten loan appearances, joining Northampton permanently the summer of 2000. In two and a half seasons with the Cobblers Jamie recreated his Scunthorpe form, hitting 44 goals in 126 starts and twice finishing top scorer in the League. It was these scoring exploits the led to Hull City signing Forrester in January 2003.
Forrester joined Bristol Rovers in the 2004 close season, after two seasons in the West Country he further enhanced his collection of Lincolnshire sides by signing for Lincoln City. He hit 32 goals for the Imps in 90 starts across two seasons, moving to Notts County in June 2008 for what became his final season in the professional game.
Forrester joined Lincoln United in 2009 and also played for Lincoln Moorlands Railway, ending his playing days in 2010. He then took up a coaching role in the Lincoln area, briefly presented a TV show about lower league football and forged a second career in marketing, dispensing energy saving advice to businesses, leading the launch of a social media app and working for a synthetic grass manufacturer.
Jamie won eight England Under-16 caps in 1990 while still at the FA School of Excellence, playing alongside future City star Nick Barmby. Forrester also won two England under-18 caps in the 1993 UEFA Under-18 Championship Finals played in, and won by, England.
Date/Place of Birth: 1 November 1974, Birmingham
Hull City First Game: 25 January 2003, York City H (League Division 3), 28 years, 85 days old
Hull City Final Game: 8 May 2004, Bristol Rovers H (League Division 3), 29 years, 189 days old
Auxerre (1991-1992), Leeds United (1992-1995), Southend United (1994, loan), Grimsby Town (1995, loan), Scunthorpe United (1997-1999), FC Utrecht (1999-2000), Walsall (1999-2000, loan), Northampton Town (2000, loan), Northampton Town (2000-2003), Hull City (2003-2004), Bristol Rovers (2004-2006), Lincoln City (2006, loan), Lincoln City (2006-2008), Notts County (2008-2009), Lincoln United (2009-2010), Lincoln Moorlands Railway (2010)
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Career: 34 apps, 8 goalsJamie Forrester
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