Duncan Forbes spent 33 years at Carrow Road - 13 as a player, 7
on the commercial staff and then 13 as Chief Scout. Although sacked
in the 1995/96 season as part of City's cost-cutting exercises,
Mike Walker recognised the need for a Chief Scout and re-appointed
Duncan to his old position.
Duncan's professional career began at Colchester United in 1961
and he had played 270 times for the Layer Road side before Norwich
signed him for £10,000 in September 1968. Forming a solid partnership
with a variety of centre-halfs including Dave Stringer, Duncan made 357 appearances in Yellow and
Green scoring twelve times and never being sent-off.
Temporary spells with Torquay United in 1976 and with Great Yarmouth
Town and Diss Town as coach in 1981 briefly interrupted to his Norwich
City employment. After retiring from first-team football, he became
in charge of Club Canary which organised trips to away matches.
He became Chief Scout in March 1988 and retired in May 2001, serving
a total of 33 years at the club. His self-appointed replacement
is Alan Wood
In 2007 it was reported that Forbes was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, moving into a care home in 2013.
Forbes passed away on 24th October 2019. Delia Smith and Michael WynnJones said: "Duncan was a commanding figure, both on and off the pitch.He was the backbone of our defence for many years. Unrelenting in the tackle and an inspiration to the rest of the team whom he would call out in a voice that could be heard way outside the ground. We have lost not only a club legend but someone who will forever be part of Norwich City folklore."
An official club statement added: "Everyone at Norwich City Football Club would like to offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Duncan at this sad time and ask that the family's wishes for privacy are respected. The family would like to place on record their thanks to the all of the staff at Woodside House Care Home in Norwich.