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Millwall FC Player Profiles

Posted 6th August 2014 at 06:40 am

Galway-born keeper who joined Millwall from Cardiff City in the summer of 2008. David played League One football for both Swindon and Bournemouth during loan spells in 2007/8, saving a Neil Harris penalty during Millwall’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Cherries in March 2008.

Following his Lions debut against Oldham at the start of the 2008/9 season, the Irishman has 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. Other than a JPT game at Barnet in September 2009, in which John Sullivan was handed his Lions debut, David played in every other Millwall match during the 2009/10 season. 

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 he deserved when he was called-up to the Republic of Ireland squad in 2011, playing against N. 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.

By the end of the 2012/13 campaign Fordey had well and truly established himself as both Millwall’s – and the Republic’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, but in spite of the team conceding 74 goals, 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.

Now established as the Republic's number one keeper, Fordey's twin aims are to help the Lions reach the Premier League whilst enjoying similar success in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Previous clubs: Galway, Barry Town, Derry, Barnet (loan), Luton Town (loan), Cardiff City, West Ham United, AFC Bournemouth (loan)
Lions debut:
 v Oldham Athletic (A) 9th August 2008  

Career History