Thanks to Dave Rowntree for many of the player images after 1984.
Can you help? This page is the result of the best endeavours of all concerned. If you spot a mistake or know of facts to add, or have a better photo, please get in touch using 'Contact Us' (top, right).
Full Name: William Forbes
1. Came from: Denny Hibernians Went to: Career interrupted by WW1
1. First game: 23 September 1911 Last game: 01 May 1915
2. Came from: Career interrupted by WW1 Went to: Retired
2. First game: 30 August 1919 Last game: 18 April 1924
Appearances: 250 (250/0) Goals: 1
Forbes began his career with his hometown club, Denny Hibernians, and was a reserve for the Scottish junior international side. In August 1911 he moved south to join Argyle, beginning a 13 year relationship with the club. After a slow start to his time at Home Park, he became a regular member of the first-team during the 1914-15 campaign but World War One interrupted his progress. During the conflict he worked at, and played for, the Devonport Dockyard. A versatile defender, he could play at right-back, left-back or as a half-back, but is best remembered for his tremendous full-back partnership with Moses Russell, whom he played alongside 181 times.
When football resumed after the war, Forbes was a fixture in the Argyle first-team for the next five years. He made his final appearance for the club in April 1924, but did accompany the team on the tour of South America that summer, and was still on the books at the beginning of the following season. He retired from professional football shortly after, but did go on to play for Fall River Marksmen in Massachusetts, USA.
If you can add to this profile, perhaps with special memories, a favourite story or the results of your original research, please contribute here.
APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.
The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.
Greens on Screen is run as a service to fellow supporters, in all good faith, without commercial or private gain. I have no wish to abuse copyright regulations and apologise unreservedly if this occurs. If you own any of the material used on this site, and object to its inclusion, please get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of each page.