Keith Forbes

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Keith Forbes
Personal information
Full name Keith Forbes
Date of birth (1906-05-28)28 May 1906
Date of death 7 September 1996(1996-09-07) (aged 90)
Original team(s) Coburg (VFA)
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Position(s) Rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1928–1937 Essendon 152 (415)
1938–1939 North Melbourne 031 0(50)
1940 Fitzroy 004 0(10)
Total 187 (475)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1938–1939 North Melbourne 36 (12–24–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1940.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Keith Forbes (28 May 1906 – 7 September 1996) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Bombers. A small goalkicking rover, he stood at 171 cm and he was twice runner-up in the Brownlow Medal, 1930(joint)and 1935. He twice won the EFC Best and fairest,and twice runner-up. He captained Essendon for four years.1934, then from 1935 -1937. (he stepped aside for Jack Baggot to captain/coach in 1936.

In nine of his ten years with Essendon, he either won, or was runner-up in goal kicking.In his first year with Essendon,he came third, this was mainly because his first game was in the 6th round.

Forbes kicked his 200th VFL goal in 1932 and was the first Essendon player to achieve this milestone. Forbes went on to also be the first EFC player to kick both 300and 400 goals. He achieved the 300 goal mark during the 1935 season, and then the 400 goal mark during his final, and 10th year at Essendon in 1937.

In 1938 and 1939 he was the captain-coach of North Melbourne. He is an interchange bench member of Essendon's 'Team of the Century'. Forbes was inducted into the Essendon Football Club's Hall of Fame in 2011. His average of goals per game during his 10 years at the Bombers (2.73) ranks him in the top 3 goal kicking rovers in VFL/AFL history.

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