Let’s do it for Duncan: Norwich City fans urged to dig deep in tribute to Canaries legend Duncan Forbes

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Saturday, March 8, 2014
10:17 AM

On a massive day for Norwich City Football Club, a rallying call has been issued for fans to honour one of the club’s true legends – by raising a spectacular sum for Alzheimer’s Research.

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Norwich City legend Duncan Forbes on Mousehold Heath where in his time as a player he used to train.
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(01603) 772434Norwich City legend Duncan Forbes on Mousehold Heath where in his time as a player he used to train. Photo: Simon Finlay Copy: For: EDP Sunday EDP pics © 2008 (01603) 772434

Defender Duncan Forbes spent 33 years at Carrow Road as player and staff member, including a seven-year stint as captain, but is now battling the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Today’s clash with Stoke City at Carrow Road – dubbed ‘Duncan’s Day’ – will be dedicated to raising funds for Mr Forbes’ family and the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Chris Hughton’s men will wear special ‘Forbes 5’ t-shirts in their warm-up, which will later be auctioned, and all profits from the commemorative programme will go towards funding Mr Forbes’ day-to-day care.

His wife Janette will be a guest of honour at the match with her sons Elliott and Scott, though she said Mr Forbes would not be well enough to return to the stadium he called his own between 1968 and 1981.

“I know it’s going to be emotional – but I’m hoping that it can help to raise awareness.

“There’s always a certain stigma attached to mental illness, Alzheimer’s included. We hope that we can bring it out into the public and maybe that will help other people who are suffering to reach out to a relative or someone who can help,” she said.

“It’s a shame that he’s not well enough to attend, but it would be too much for him. It will be so nice for us to see what the fans thought of Duncan, however.”

Mrs Forbes, 69, said the family had been overwhelmed at the reaction from fans after she spoke openly about her husband’s illness in October last year, three months after taking the decision to put him into a Norwich care home.

“If Duncan was there it would really bring home to them how bad he is,” she said.

“When I walk into the home, there are some days when he remembers me and others when he doesn’t. He doesn’t really know that he ever played football.”

Money from a special-edition match programme will go towards future care for Mr Forbes, as his family do not know how long he will require the specialist support, and fans can contribute to charity collections.

Norwich City chief executive David McNally said: “Duncan Forbes was a fantastic servant to this football club, on and off the pitch, for more than three decades.

“Everybody at the club is really sad to hear of his current brave battle against Alzheimer’s and on Saturday we hope to raise as much money as possible to help Duncan’s family with his day-to-day care.

“It’s going to be an emotional day for everyone connected with the club. Thank you to all our supporters for any help they can give for this worthiest of causes.”

19 comments

  • A man who devoted his life to football when just about the only rewards were the pride in putting on the shirt and playing your heart out for the fans. I will donate what I can and only wish it could be more. All credit to our club for this gesture and I hope enough is raised to ensure Big Dunc gets all the care he needs for as long as he needs it. But I really hope the PFA are able to supply some support as well though.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • kristafa...''Six feet two, eyes are blue,Duncan Forbes is after you'' would be the only inscription required on the base. A cool statue indeed !

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    spark

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • If there is ever a candidate required for a statue outside the ground it should be this guy.

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    spark

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Duncan was a brilliant player and coach and it is so sad that he has no memory of his footballing career. I hope the fund raising day is a success and a tribute to a true gentleman. God bless Duncan it is a cruel disease you are suffering

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    vschems

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • He was captain when I first started going to Carrow Road. Somehow, it still feels like he is now. We could use his spirit and influence at the moment. I wish him and his family a great day. Dig deep for Duncan (DDD)...........and the team can do their bit too...by winning (COYY).

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • spark...that is a tremendous idea and I hope others join in to promote the possibility of that happening... Six Feet Two, Eyes Of Blue, Duncan Forbes Is After You ...lovely down to earth gentleman , nuff said.

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    Kristafa

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Bless him, a true committed professional, something which the current squad could learn from. Wish you the best of luck with the fund raising and day. Please post on the site if there is a website for him we can contribute. From Madrid

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    JB

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • A true Man of Grit.

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    turnover

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • What a fantastic guy and a real stalwart for Norwich City. Knew him as a coach of a team I played for and you couldn't find a better role model a hard working enthusiastic footballer. On the ball Big Dun's

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    Tj

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • A real gentleman and great player. How N City could do with him today. Best wishes to him and his family.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • A brilliant player and servant. A true leg-end. Bring back that kit. That's special too!

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • A real gentleman and great player. How N City could do with him today. Best wishes to him and his family.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Up until last summer, I used to help out at the Marion Rd care home where Duncan came as a day visitor. Whilst I potted around in the garden, he'd often come outside and sit on the grass for a natter. He taught me that with him Alzheimers had been 'selective' in which he memories the decease had effected, Talking of many subjects he'd soon show dis-interest, but find a subject he had memories of, and those big blue eye's would twinkle, one of his favourite's was telling me about games he came up against other big tacklers of his day - Peter Storey of Arsenal, Ron Harris at Chelsea and Billy Bremner of Leeds always seemed to get a reaction and he'd talk happily about their matches asthough just for a minute or two, Alzheimers had left him. I'm sorry he has had to move into a fulltime care home, and my thoughts and prayers are with my old "gardening mucker".

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    pubmandave

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Having been privileged to know Duncan and Jeanette for a few years by being one those offering help and support I thought it would be nice if two local agencies that have been there up the front with their help, advice and suoport were given a mention. Age UK Norfolk mainly through their Pabulum Cafes for Carers and Cared for with Dementia and Dementia UK Admiral Nurses who are specialists in this field, they only have funding until April next year.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Fantastic gesture from NCFC. to support BigDunc and the cause of Alzheimers.A reminder too there are more important things in life than football.I hope the club have a facility for those who are unable to attend today to donate.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • spark...that is a tremendous idea and I hope others join in to promote the possibility of that happening... Six Feet Two, Eyes Of Blue, Duncan Forbes Is After You ...lovely down to earth gentleman , nuff said.

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    Kristafa

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • spark...that is a tremendous idea and I hope others join in to promote the possibility of that happening... Six Feet Two, Eyes Of Blue, Duncan Forbes Is After You ...lovely down to earth gentleman , nuff said.

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    Kristafa

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I'm really sad to read about Duncan's illness. My mother suffered from the same disease from the age of 49 years old so It's very close to my own heart. I remember Duncan as a very well respected player and a great ambassador for Norwich City Football Club. My very best wishes go to Duncan, especially his wife and children and all his family. I hope the fund raises not just funds for which I hope there will be be many very generous donations but more Importantly a greater awareness of this cruel disease.

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    Angie100

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Very sad. I had the honour of meeting Duncan in the 1980s when I was briefly employed at the club. Thoroughly lovely fella - true gentleman who devoted his time to the club before the days of silly wages and over inflated egoes. I too think it a great idea for a statue to be erected to this man. Best of luck in with the find raiser. I feel that the NCFC fans will dig deep...

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    Tootyfrooty

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

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