Tommy Forecast

#148445493 /

Tommy Forecast is an English goalkeeper born 15th October 1986. Forecast began his professional football career at Tottenham. He first made a name for himself during the 2004-05 season, when he helped Spurs' U18 side to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals. Forecast was particularly impressive in an away tie at Anfield, where his penalty shoot out saves helped the club through. Forecast's performances at youth and reserve level didn't go unnoticed, as the young keeper appeared on the bench for the first team a number of times during the 2007/08 season. Forecast made the decision to leave Spurs in the 2008/09 close season, believing he'd have greater first team opportunities at Championship Southampton.

Forecast signed a five year contract with Southampton in July 2008. The deal was done with Spurs as part of an early settlement for money owed from Gareth Bale's transfer. As part of the original deal Saints stood to receive future payments depending on Bale's achievements at the club as well as including a sell on clause for the young Welshman. With Saints in financial disarray by 2008 though, Tottenham agreed to pay Southampton a lump sum to write off any future payments, as well as eliminating any sell on clause. Forecast was also thrown into the deal.

Forecast failed to make an impact at Southampton. He was very much third choice between the sticks, behind Kelvin Davis and Bartosz Bialkowski. He appeared only in pre season friendlies and reserve matches, where he never showed anything to suggest he should be higher up the pecking order. Forecast occasionally made the bench for Southampton when Davis or Bialkowski were out.

At the start of the 2009/10 season Forecast joined League 2 side Grimsby on loan, after The Mariner's first choice keeper Nick Colgan went down with an injury. During this time Forecast made his first ever professional appearance in a home game against Crewe. Unfortunately it wasn't the best start, as Forecast's Grimsby went down 4-0. Forecast was sent back early after failing to impress manager Mike Newell. He played 4 games in total for Grimsby

Forecast joined Conference strugglers Eastbourne Borough on January 31st 2011. He made his debut the next day in a match at home to Gateshead, which his side lost 3-0. Things would only get worse for Forecast in his next outing, as Eastbourne were hammered 6-1 at Darlington.

Forecast made a bad start to the 2011/12 season. In a pre season friendly with Eastleigh, the former Spurs stopper put in a dreadful display in a 4-1 defeat. Things got even worse when Forecast swore at the fans behind the goal who hadn't reacted well to the keepers performance. In August 2011 he joined Thurrock on loan. Forecast made his debut for the Conference South strugglers on 13th August in a 1-1 draw with Salisbury City. He soon dropped to the bench however, after a poor performance in a 4-0 home loss to Dover in only his second match. Forecast had a loan stint with Bromley later in the campaign, where he made 11 appearances.

Forecast started 2012/13 pre-season as second choice goalkeeper following Bartosz Bialkowski's departure. He had a nightmare in a friendly game against Arsenal. He played the entire second half against Etoile, before being shipped off to Gillingham as part of the deal that saw Paulo Gazzaniga move in the other direction. Forecast spent most of the season on the Gills bench, although he did manage to make four appearances. He was never once on the winning side for the League 2 winners, however. He left Southampton on a free transfer in the summer of 2013 following the conclusion of his five year deal.

Forecast joined Chelmsford City of the Conference South in 2013, and also played for Dartford of the Conference Premier during 2013/14