December 21 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, March 9, 2014
An Alzheimer’s charity has joined the praise for Norwich City following the support shown by the club to Canaries hero Duncan Forbes before the Stoke City game.
Alzheimer’s Research UK tweeted: “A fantastic day and wonderful gesture from the club. We are so grateful to have been invited along.”
Former Norwich City legends, including world cup winner Martin Peters, were out in force to show their support for the event, held to raise funds for the family of Mr Forbes.
Guests, including former managers Dave Stringer and Ken Brown, joined Mr Forbes’ wife Janette, sons Elliot and Scott and grandchildren for the fundraiser, which was also raising money for the charity Alzheimer’s UK, at the clash with Stoke City.
Chris Hughton’s men wore special ‘Forbes 5’ T-shirts in their warm-up, which are due to be auctioned, and all profits from the commemorative programme went towards funding Mr Forbes’ day-to-day care as he battles the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Mr Stringer, who was his central defensive partner during his playing days, spoke of how important Mr Forbes was as team captain and how he was missed when he was not playing.
“He was a very strong, very voracious player. He was always an influence on the team when he was team captain because he always kept the team in order.
“If anyone was not performing as they should do he would let them know in no uncertain terms what was expected of them.”
Mr Stringer also praised his former colleague’s “tremendous” service to the club, which spanned 33 years as a player and staff member and he featured in two league cup finals against Tottenham and Aston Villa during a playing career that lasted until he was 40.
“What Norwich have done today is a tremendous gesture to help with his costs,” he added.
Midfielder Mr Peters, part of the 1966 World Cup-winning England team, said: “Playing with Duncan Forbes was great for me because we had great central defenders and you could give them the responsibility of picking up centre forwards or midfield players when they ran past me and he used to win the ball nine times out of 10.”
He added: “It is nice coming back to Norwich City. I had a great time here as a player.”
Mr Forbes was not well enough to return to the stadium he called his own between 1968 and 1981.