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Introducing the squad

Posted 6th August 2014 at 06:40 am

The Galway-born keeper joined Millwall from Cardiff City in the summer of 2008 and has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the club.

Following his Lions debut against Oldham at the start of the 2008/9 season, the Irishman played every minute of every League match until 20th August 2011.

He recorded 19 clean sheets, one less than Golden Glove winner Danny Coyne at Tranmere that first season, and saved five penalties in those matches.

For the second year running the shot-stopper was narrowly pipped for the Golden Glove award, yet still managed to keep 21 clean sheets – including three in the Play-Off games, and for the third year in succession kept 20 shut-outs in the Championship in 2010/11. 

Fordey’s consistency finally reaped the recognition it deserved when he was called-up to the Republic of Ireland squad in 2011, playing against Northern Ireland and Italy after finishing runner-up as Millwall’s Player of the Year.  

In 2011/12 injury and inconsistency finally caught up with the big Irishman and although he made 30 senior appearances he finished the season behind new arrival Maik Taylor in the pecking order. However, he still travelled to Euro 2012 with the Republic squad as back-up to Shay Given and Kieran Westwood.

Forde travelled to Euro 2012 as back-up to Shay Given but by the end of the 2012/13 campaign Fordey had well and truly established himself as the Republic of Ireland’s number one following an exceptional season for The Lions in goal where he produced some heroic displays along with 16 clean sheets.

The following season was a challenging one for the team but Forde's own form was impressive and after helping The Lions remain unbeaten in the final eight games to avoid relegation, the Irishman was named Player of the Year.

His eye-catching displays in a Millwall shirt continued throughout 2014/15 - as they did for his country - and he will be keen to help Ireland reach Euro 2016 over the coming months.

Career History