Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: Craig Forrest (Ipswich)

Posted by - March 22, 2011 - Random 1990s

Name: Craig Forrest

In his 1990s prime for: Ipswich, Chelsea and West Ham

Lowdown: Call them trailblazers, but Ipswich Town were signing Canadians when Owen Hargreaves was limping around in the school nurse’s office and Junior Hoilett was still a twinkle in Mrs Hoilett’s eye. Along with compatriot and future Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday fodder Frank Yallop, Forrest joined the Tractor Boys in the mid-1980s.

The 6ft 5in keeper made the Ipswich jersey his own from the 1988-89 season and kept hold of it well into the 1990s. Among his claims to fame is being one of just 13 foreign players on display during the opening weekend of the inaugural Premier League season. But he will also be remembered as the goalie at the brunt of a 9-0 Manchester United drubbing in 1995. You can see the match in the video below. Despite Forrest’s best attempts to get sent-off at 7-0 he is forced to see the match out!

An unlikely loan move to Ruud Gullit’s Chelsea came in 1997. The Blues wanted to make the loan permanent, but Ipswich rejected the deal. Forrest instead moved to West Ham for £500,000. He stayed there until 2002 when he was forced to retire due to testicular cancer.

Now: Forrest now works as a ‘soccer analyst’ for Canadian sports broadcaster Sportsnet. He co-hosts the Soccercentral show on Saturdays, including an Ask Craig segment.