MARTIN FOYLE FACT­FILE

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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.

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