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Craig Forrest
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Personal information
Full name Craig Lorne Forrest
Date of birth 20 September 1967 (1967-09-20) (age 42)
Place of birth    Coquitlam, Canada
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position goalkeeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1985–1997
1987–1988
1996–1997
1997–2002
Ipswich Town
Colchester United (loan)
Chelsea (loan)
West Ham United
Total
263 (0)
011 (0)
003 (0)
030 (0)
307 (0)   
National team
1988–2002 Canada 056 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Craig Lorne Forrest (born 20 September 1967 in Coquitlam, British Columbia) is a Canadian soccer commentator and a former goalkeeper.

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Club career

Born and raised in British Columbia, Forrest joined English league side Ipswich Town in 1984 and remained with the club until 1997, making 263 league appearances. Forrest saw his first first-team action with 11 appearances on loan to Colchester United in the 1987–88 season. From 1988–89 through to 1996–97, Forrest was in the Ipswich Town F.C. goal, including during the 1991–92 season when the club won promotion to the newly-established Premier League by winning the old Football League Second Division. Forrest was ever-present that season. He was also one of only 12 foreign players to play on the opening weekend of the FA Premier League along with John Jensen, Anders Limpar, Peter Schmeichel, Andrei Kanchelskis, Robert Warzycha, Eric Cantona, Ronnie Rosenthal, Michel Vonk, Gunnar Halle, Roland Nilsson and Hans Segers. He was the unfortunate goalkeeper on the receiving end of the heaviest Premiership defeat in history when Ipswich lost 9-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in March 1995.

Forrest went on loan to Chelsea F.C. from Ipswich in 1997, playing with the likes of Gianluca Vialli and Gianfranco Zola under the guidance of manager Ruud Gullit. A permanent move to Chelsea was turned down by the Ipswich Board of Directors. The goalkeeper ended up moving to West Ham United in the summer of 1997 for £500 000.[1] Forrest played a number of first-team games in the FA Premier League in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the east Londoners, remaining at Upton Park until his retirement from football in 2002. He suffered at the hands of Manchester United again in a 7-1 defeat at Old Trafford although he was not deemed at fault for any of the goals.

International career

Forrest played at the 1987 FIFA U-20 World Cup[2] and made his debut for the Canada senior team in a May 1988 friendly match against Chile. He earned 56 caps (excluding the May 1990 North American Championship match against the USA), the most of any goalkeeper in the national team's history tied with Pat Onstad and earned the most clean sheets in the country's history before retiring from international football in 2002. The highlight of his international career was undoubtedly helping Canada win the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, in which Forrest was named tournament MVP and Most Valuable Goalkeeper for allowing a mere three goals and stopping two penalties in his side's five games. Also during his international career Canada had secured a 1–1 draw against Brazil only a month prior to the World Cup in U.S.A. in 1994. Forrest had further success against Brazil in 2001, recording a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw in the 2001 Confederations Cup in Japan.

Retirement

Forrest was forced to retire from professional soccer due to complications from acquiring and recovering from testicular cancer. He began working as a sports analyst with Rogers Sportsnet upon his retirement from playing.

Forrest is considered by some to be one of the best players ever for Canada and continues to play a major role in promoting the game in the country, appearing frequently as a broadcaster for the men's national team and Toronto FC on Rogers Sportsnet and CBC.

Forrest is now the Canadian FIFA Ambassador for SOS Children's Villages, joining over 80 international stars who are official ambassadors. This list includes the likes of Andriy Shevchenko, Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Lucas Radebe, Carlos Dunga, Fabio Cannavaro, Roger Milla, George Weah, Samuel Eto'o and Hugo Sánchez.

Honours

Individual

Club

Ipswich Town F.C.

Chelsea F.C.

Country

Canada

References

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