Duncan Forbes (footballer)

Duncan Forbes
Personal information
Full name Duncan Scott Forbes
Date of birth (1941-06-19) 19 June 1941
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
????–1961 Musselburgh Athletic ? (?)
1961–1968 Colchester United 270 (3)
1968–1981 Norwich City 295 (10)
1976–1977Torquay United (loan) 7 (0)
Great Yarmouth Town
Diss Town

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:06, 12 May 2011.

Duncan Scott Forbes (born 19 June 1941 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional footballer. He spent 33 years at Norwich City, 13 as a player, seven on the commercial staff and 13 as chief scout. The Times noted his aggressive defending by writing "Forbes got his customary booking; the referee ought to take his name in the changing room rather than on the pitch thus saving time."


Forbes joined Colchester United in September 1961 from Scottish non-league side Musselburgh Athletic, making his league debut later that season. He quickly established himself as a regular in the Layer Road side, playing in two promotion winning teams and two relegation teams over the next 7 years.

In September 1968, after playing 270 league games for Colchester, scoring twice, he moved to Norwich City for a fee of £10,000. At Carrow Road, he helped the Canaries into Division One, and in 1970 he was voted the fourth winner of the Barry Butler Trophy, the fans' award for player of the year. He was captain of the Norwich team that won promotion to the first division for the first time in 1972.

In October 1976 he looked to have lost his place and joined Torquay United on loan. He returned to Carrow Road and won his place back, finishing his Norwich career with 295 league appearances, in which he scored 10 times. On leaving Norwich he played for Great Yarmouth Town, before joining Diss Town as player-coach.

Playing colleague Dave Stringer said of Forbes, "If he shouted in Norwich it could be heard in Yarmouth", adding that "his former defensive partner was the ‘perfect leader’".[1]


Within a year of leaving Carrow Road, he returned, joining the Norwich City commercial staff where he was in charge of Club Canary organising trips to away matches. In March 1988, he was appointed as Norwich's Chief Scout, a post he held until his retirement in 2001, by which time he had spent 33 almost unbroken years at Carrow Road.

In 2002, Forbes was made an inaugural member of the Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame.[2]

In 2013, Forbes suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and moved to a care home.

Alongside Karl Duguid, Forbes was inducted into Colchester United's Hall of Fame at the club's annual Former Players' Dinner on 30 January 2016. Ray Crawford accepted the award on Forbes' behalf.[3]



Norwich City[4][5]



Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ken Mallender
Norwich City Captain
Succeeded by
Martin Peters
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