Fisherton Informer: Pen Pictures – Martin Foyle

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Martin John Foyle was born in Salisbury on 2 May 1963 and played as a striker with four English league clubs during a 20-year professional career. In 1980, having built a reputation locally with Bemerton Athletic, he was recommended to Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy by Salisbury-based league referee Tony Glasson, and was initially signed by the club as a youth player.

He went on to appear in 15 first-team games, scoring 3 goals. During his time with Saints he also spent loan periods with IFK Munkfors of the Swedish Fifth Division, where he helped the club achieve promotion with a remarkable 30 goals in 22 appearances, and Blackburn Rovers, where he was not selected to play.

In 1984 Foyle joined Aldershot for a £10,000 fee, where he scored 43 goals in 122 games and was voted Player of The Season. He then moved to Oxford United for £140,000 in 1987 (44 goals in 151 games) before signing for Port Vale in 1991 for a then club record of £375,000. During nine seasons at Vale Park, he scored 108 goals in 353 appearances (a club record at the time), was twice voted the club’s Player of The Year and was a Football League Trophy winner, before retiring from playing in 2000. He was later named as a member of an ‘Ultimate Vale XI’ in an online poll.

Martin then managed the Port Vale youth team before taking on the first team from 2004 to 2007. He then spent a short period as caretaker-manager at Wrexham, before moving on to York City, where he managed the club to two Wembley finals. After a brief spell at Northwich Victoria, he spent almost two years managing Hereford United and then five months with Southport. He has also spent periods as a coach with Bristol Rovers and as Chief Scout with Scottish club Motherwell. He is currently in his second spell as Head of Recruitment at Northampton Town.

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