Adrian Forbes

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Adrian Forbes
Personal information
Full name Adrian Emmanuel Forbes[1]
Date of birth (1979-01-23) 23 January 1979 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Greenford, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Right midfielder
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
(Academy coach)
Youth career
000?–1996 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2001 Norwich City 112 (8)
2001–2004 Luton Town 72 (14)
2004–2006 Swansea City 69 (11)
2006–2008 Blackpool 36 (1)
2008–2009 Millwall 13 (0)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 15 (3)
2009–2010 Grimsby Town 13 (1)
2010–2012 Lowestoft Town 33 (4)
Total 363 (42)
National team
1997 England U18 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Adrian Emmanuel Forbes (born 23 January 1979 in Greenford) is an English former professional footballer and Academy coach at Premier League side Norwich City.

As a player he was a midfielder and forward from 1996 until 2012. Having started his career with Norwich City in 1996 he remained with the club for six years establishing himself in the Canaries' first team before moving to Luton Town in 2001. He went on to play for Swansea City, Blackpool, Millwall and Grimsby Town. Having been relegated out of the Football League with Grimsby in 2010 he was released and joined Non-league Lowestoft Town, where he remained for two seasons before retiring from competitive football in May 2012.

Forbes scored the last ever league goal for Swansea City at the Vetch Field against Shrewsbury Town on 30th April 2005 in a 1-0 win in front of 11,469.

Career[edit]

Norwich City[edit]

Forbes began his career at Norwich City in 1995. He played under several different managers in his six years at Carrow Road, including Martin O'Neill, Mike Walker and Bruce Rioch. Forbes remained with City from 1996 to 2001, he played in 112 league games, scoring 8 goals.

Luton Town[edit]

In the summer of 2001 he moved to Luton Town in a £60,000 deal, and played in three seasons at Kenilworth Road, notaby playing his best football under Mike Newell.

Swansea City[edit]

Forbes signed for Swansea City, who were then in Football League Two, on a free transfer in 2004. In his first season at the club he was ever-present and scored seven goals.[2] On 30 April 2005, Forbes scored Swansea's last-ever league goal at their Vetch Field stadium in a 1–0 win over Shrewsbury Town, before their move to the Liberty Stadium. The following match he scored again against Bury to earn the club automatic promotion to Football League One.[2][3] Two years later, in May 2006, he was released by Swansea. Forbes claimed that there had been on-going discussions about a new contract and that he had expected to stay at the club. He reacted by saying he was "shocked and hurt" and that he left "with a very bitter taste" in his mouth about the way the club treated him.[2]

Blackpool[edit]

On 1 July he signed for Blackpool on a two-year contract with an option for a further year.[4] In December 2006, before Blackpool played Swansea at Bloomfield Road, Forbes publicly slated Swansea manager Kenny Jackett for the manner in which he was released from the club earlier that year, stating that he was still bitter at Jackett.[5] He scored his first goal for Blackpool on 6 March 2007, in a 2–0 win over Bournemouth at Bloomfield Road.[6] He played in Blackpool's Play-off final win over Yeovil Town at Wembley Stadium which earned the club promotion to the Football League Championship for the first time since 1978.

Millwall[edit]

On 3 January 2008, after failing to establish himself in Blackpool's Championship side, Forbes signed an 18-month contract with Football League One club Millwall despite recently being managed by Kenny Jackett who released him at Swansea City over a year earlier. Forbes however only played 13 times for the club and struggled to establish himself as a first team player.[7]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Forbes signed for Grimsby Town, managed by Mike Newell, on 2 February 2009, signing on loan until the end of the 2008–2009 season. In his second game he scored an overhead kick to equalise in the 3–3 draw with Barnet. On 6 July 2009 following his release from Millwall, Forbes agreed to join Grimsby permanently on a two-year deal.[8] During the 09/10 season, Forbes struggled to break into the first team and was eventually ruled out for a lengthy period after breaking his leg. This coupled with playing second fiddle to other players and the failure to consistently earn a place in the team meant that he would only feature in 13 league matches throughout the entire season. Forbes had returned to fitness towards the end of the campaign but only made a cameo appearance as the season wound to a close. On 12 May 2010, Forbes was one of seven players placed who were deemed surplus to requirements and were placed on the transfer list by Grimsby manager Neil Woods following their relegation from the Football League.[9] After failing to find a new club, Forbes was handed a squad number for the 2010–2011 season along with Nick Colgan, Nick Hegarty and Chris Jones who has also failed to sign terms elsewhere. On 13 July it was announced that Grimsby had accepted a request to let Forbes join league rivals Darlington for 3 days of training with a view to a permanent move. Darlington had also requested to use Forbes in a friendly in which Grimsby boss Neil Woods declined.[10] Forbes had his contract at Grimsby cancelled by mutual consent on 1 September 2010.[11]

Lowestoft Town[edit]

On 16 September 2010, Forbes joined Conference National side Hayes & Yeading on trial.[12] On 30 September 2010 Forbes joined Lowestoft Town, signing a two-year deal.[13] In May 2012 following the conclusion of the 2011–12 season Forbes announced his departure from Lowestoft and his retirement from competitive football.

Coaching career[edit]

In October 2011 Forbes re-joined Norwich City as an academy coach on a part-time basis alongside his playing days with Lowestoft,[14] however following his retirement in May 2012 Forbes became a full-time coach with City.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance
Club Season League Level League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norwich City 1995–06 Division One 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Division One 2 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1997–98 Division One 2 32 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 3
1998–99 Division One 2 15 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
1999–00 Division One 2 25 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 26 1
2000–01 Division One 2 29 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 33 3
Luton Town 2001–02 Division Three 4 40 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 42 5
2002–03 Division Two 3 5 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 5 1
2003–04 Division Two 3 27 9 4 5 0 0 0 0 31 14
Swansea City 2004–05 League Two 4 40 6 5 0 1 0 2 0 49 6
2005–06 League One 3 31 4 1 0 0 0 6 1 38 5
Blackpool 2006–07 League One 3 37 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 43 1
2007–08 Championship 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Millwall 2007–08 League One 3 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2008–09 League One 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Grimsby Town (loan) 2008–09 League Two 4 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 3
Grimsby Town 2009–10 League Two 4 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 1
2010–11 Conference National 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lowestoft Town 2010–11 Isthmian League Premier Division 7 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2

Honours[edit]

Blackpool[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 150. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ a b c "Forbes bitter over Swans release". BBC Sport. 2 June 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Forbes hails fine Vetch farewell". BBC Sport. 1 May 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Two more agree terms". Blackpool F.C. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Bitter Forbes in swipe at Jackett". BBC Sport. 8 December 2006. Archived from the original on 6 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Blackpool 2–0 Bournemouth". BBC. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "New face". Millwall F.C. 3 January 2008. Archived from the original on 6 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Grimsby complete Forbes signing". BBC News. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Grimsby Town | News | Latest News | Latest News | 3 Released, 7 Transfer Listed
  10. ^ This is Grimsby | ADRIAN Forbes is training with Darlington with a view to leaving Grimsby Town this week
  11. ^ Grimsby Town | News | Latest News | Latest News | 2 Depart
  12. ^ This is Grimsby | FORMER Grimsby Town frontman Adrian Forbes admits he knew his time at Blundell Park was coming to an end before relegation was confirmed last season
  13. ^ Lowestoft Town Football Club
  14. ^ "Former Grimsby Town striker Adrian Forbes starts coaching career and backs calls for ‘Rooney Rule’". Toogoodtogodown.wordpress.com. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 

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