Ben Foster made his second debut for Wrexham on Saturday in a 3-0 win over York City. The ex-Premier League goalkeeper kept a clean sheet and also came face-to-face with his new boss, Hollywood megastar Ryan Reynolds.
The former Manchester United and Watford man hung up his gloves at the end of last season, drawing the curtain on an impressive 22-year career, and rejected an offer to return to football last September from Newcastle and Wrexham. Foster didn’t take the offer but spoke glowingly of the club who are clearly on the up, and are on the cusp of reaching the football League.
This week, Foster decided to eventually come out of retirement to help Wrexham reach League Two, with the Wales-based club sit top of the National league on 97 points from 39 games. Wrexham are three points ahead of title rivals Notts County and have a game in hand, as well as seven fixtures remaining.
Foster’s arrival comes after Wrexham first-choice goalkeeper Rob Lainton had been ruled out until the end of the season with a knee ligament injury. Foster, who was earning around £30,000 per week during his time with the Hornets, has decided to help his former club out by playing for “peanuts”.
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In his second debut, Foster kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over York City. An own goal by Ryan Whitley handed Wrexham the lead, before Sam Dalby and Elliot Lee struck late to seal three points.
After the game, Foster opened up on meeting Hollywood owner Reynolds for the first time. Reynolds bought Wrexham alongside fellow actor Rob McElhenney in November 2020. Foster told Wrexham’s YouTube channel after not conceding: “No, doddle mate. 3-0, clean sheet, bosh. Just met Ryan Reynolds in the tunnel. Don’t get much better than that. Going out for a lovely dinner tonight, lovely Saturday that.”
Foster added: “That was brilliant, I really enjoyed that. It would’ve been a lot more helpful if they’d [teammates] scored the second and the third goal a lot sooner. But it was just coming, once we scored a goal we knew we would go on to win the game because we were knocking, and were knocking and we were getting chances, it just wasn’t quite falling for us.”
And while Foster played at the top level for well over a decade, turning out in non-league made him “a little bit nervous”. He said: “That was nice. I won’t lie, still a little bit nervous. I’m 40 next week and I’ve played nearly 500 games or whatever, but it’s still a little bit nervy as I want to do well.”