John (Jack) Foster was born in Rawmarsh on 19th November 1877. A centre-forward he joined Blackpool in 1901 and scored 6 goals in 28 games. He also played for Rotherham United and Watford before signing for First Division Sunderland in 1907. He scored 3 goals in 8 games before moving to West Ham United as a replacement for Harry Stapley.
Foster joined a team that included Herbert Ashton, William Yenson, Tommy Allison, Fred Blackburn, George Chalkley, Billy Grassam, Alfred Harwood, Len Jarvis, George Kitchen, Frank Piercy, Tommy Randall, Danny Shea, George Webb and Robert Young.
Foster scored against Queen's Park Rangers on the opening day of the season. He also scored in his second game against Brighton & Hove Albion. On 10th October 1908 Foster hit an hat-trick against Portsmouth. He formed a great partnership with Danny Shea.
Foster had scored 9 goals in 15 games but in January 1909 he joined Southampton. He only played in 6 games for his new club before moving to Huddersfield Town. Foster was unable to obtain a place in the first team and in 1910 he joined Castleford Town.
Jack Foster died in 1946.