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HOWARD FORINTON

Born: 18 September 1975

Came from: Birmingham City   Went to: Birmingham City

First game: 19 December 1998   Last game: 13 February 1999

Appearances: 9 (8/1)   Goals: 3

A young striker who joined Argyle on-loan from Birmingham City just in time for Christmas 1998, Forinton enjoyed a memorable two months at Home Park.

Released by Oxford United in 1994, the Boston-born centre-forward ended up at Yeovil Town - then a non-league club - and promptly scored 23 goals in 25 games. Naturally his list of Football League suitors grew with every strike, and it was Birmingham City manager Trevor Francis who eventually took the plunge, forking out 75,000 for his signature. Forinton top-scored for City's reserves in his debut season, but his first-team chances were restricted and Argyle boss Kevin Hodges made a successful loan approach in a bid to bolster his side's faltering promotion challenge. The then 23-year-old found the net three times in eight starts in a green shirt, but that two of them came in a pair of Devon derbies against Exeter City drastically inflated his stock among Argyle fans. So much so that, despite Francis insisting Forinton was not for sale, a group of Argyle supporters attempted to raise the cash to buy him - an admirable effort that was doomed to failure considering his manager's resolute stance.

Despite once again leading the scoring charts in the reserves at St Andrew's, Forinton was eventually sold to Peterborough United for 250,000. He endured an injury hit three years at London Road, scoring 10 goals in 50 games, and following brief spells at Torquay and back at Yeovil, he drifted back into non-league football and eventually retired in 2009 after two years at Banbury United.

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APPEARANCE DETAILS  [reselect competitions]

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We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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