New Matlock Town manager Nicky Law’s assistant will  a familiar face to Gladiators fans for 46 years old Martin Foster will be back at the club after an absence of nearly ten years.

Foster was an integral part of Matlock’s midfield from 2012 until January 2015, the last three months of his stay in Derbyshire being as joint manager with Dave Rushbury.

Foster began his career at Leeds United in 1994 staying at Elland Road until 1998 playing once for Blackpool in 1997 when he was on loan with the Tangerines. He moved north of the border to join Greenock Morton where he made 19 appearances before returning to Yorkshire to sign for Doncaster Rovers for whom he played 28 games. Then he proved to be very popular at Forest Green Rovers in a three year spell which ended in 2004 when he was back in his native county at Halifax having made 134 appearances for the Gloucestershire ide and then playing 94 games for the Shaymen. He was then at Oxford United, Rushden & Diamonds, Tamworth, Eastwood Town and Harrogate Town as a player.

After leaving Matlock his management route saw him be assistant boss at Gainsborough Trinity twice, Tadcaster Albion and Sheffield FC before most recently being at Guiseley.

Law says his long association with Foster and his relationship with players are key factors in the former Gladiators midfielder joining him in the dug out. 

“Martin’s got great non league knowledge, I’ve known him for a good thirty years and he works in the way I like things to be done He’s also excellent with the players so I’m delighted to have him working alongside me.”

Ian Richardson