MARTIN FOYLE FACTFILE
Born: Salisbury, 1963 (Age 52) 1980-87 A striker, Foyle began his career at Southampton and, after scoring 30 goals in 22 games on loan at Swedish Division 5 side IF Munkfors, made his top flight debut in January 1983. After three goals in 15 games for the Saints, Foyle made a £10,000 switch to Division Four Aldershot in August 1984. He scored 35 times in 98 matches for the Shots and won promotion to Division Three in 1987. 1987-1991 Foyle returned to the First Division in March 1987 with a £140,000 move to Oxford and forged a prolific strike partnership with Dean Saunders. Relegated in 1988, he stayed for a further three seasons, scoring 36 goals in 126 games. 1991-2000 Foyle joined Port Vale for a club record fee of £375,000 in 1991. It would prove money well spent –the striker spent nine years at Vale, winning the Football League Trophy in 1993, promotion to the Second Division in 1994, two player of the year awards and becoming the club’s record post-war scorer with 107 goals. He retired aged 37 in 2000. 2000-2007 After a spell coaching under Brian Horton, Foyle became Port Vale boss in 2004 and steered them to finishes of 7th, 13th, 18th and 12th before losing his job early in 2007-08. 2008-10 Appointed manager of York in November 2008, he led the Minstermen to the final of the FA Trophy in 2009 and the Conference play-off final in 2010 but twice suffered defeat at Wembley. Resigned in September 2010 after a poor start. 2011-present A coaching role at Bristol Rovers and a brief stint in charge of Northwich were followed in May 2012 by a move to Hereford. Led them to sixth in the Conference in his first season but, with financial problems mounting, was sacked in March 2014. After a short spell at Southport, he became head of recruitment at Northampton but recently left.