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BILLY FORBES

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.

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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.

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