Ross Forbes

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Ross Forbes
Personal information
Full name Ross Forbes
Date of birth (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Greenock Morton
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Motherwell 70 (7)
2009 Dumbarton (loan) 18 (1)
2012 Dumbarton (trial) 1 (0)
2012–2014 Partick Thistle 43 (4)
2014–2015 Dunfermline Athletic 25 (4)
2015– Greenock Morton 86 (12)
National team
2007 Scotland U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:13, 6 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 December 2009

Ross Forbes (born 3 March 1989) is a Scottish footballer, currently playing for Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton.



Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Forbes began his football career with Motherwell. In the 2007–08 season, Forbes was on the bench, on 23 April 2008, against Celtic, being an unused substitute in the matches[1] and continued doing so the following season, as he appeared four times on the bench.

Loan move to Dumbarton[edit]

On 24 January 2009, Forbes was loaned out to Dumbarton, until the end of the season.[2] At the club, Forbes was a key man in helping the club win the Scottish Football League Third Division championship. He scored his only goal in a 2–0 win for the sons against Berwick on 11 April 2009.[3] He hoped his good performances would earn him a first team place at Motherwell next season.[4]

After leaving, Manager Jim Chapman joked that he was disappointed that Forbes made a breakthrough at Motherwell, having expected to make a return to Dumbarton.[5]

Return to Motherwell[edit]

Forbes made his first-team debut for Motherwell in the Europa League first qualifying round match against Llanelli on 2 July 2009, a match in which they lost 1–0 in Jim Gannon's first match in charge. He scored 2 goals in the return leg of their second qualifying round match against KS Flamurtari Vlorë which Motherwell won 8–1 and another in the next qualifying round home match, the 1–3 loss against Steaua Bucharest.

After scoring on his debut on the opening game of the season, He carried his good form into the league campaign, scoring five times in the opening 10 games, and was rewarded by being named SPL Young Player of the Month for August.[6][7] Forbes was also rewarded by extending his contract, that will expire until 2012.[8] On 10 February 2010, Forbes had his goal ruled offside against his boyhood club, Rangers, which he described it as "goal of his dreams", which ended in a 1–1 draw.[9] In a match against Hibernian, Forbes had the chance to equalise from a penalty kick with three minutes left, but it was saved by Graeme Smith, who had conceded the penalty in the first place.[10] After the match, Forbes says he's couldn't cope and move on following the missing penalty.[11] However, later in the season, under manager Craig Brown, Forbes form's has deeply affected badly after a couple of months coming on as a sub without scoring and often playing out of position by being placed on the bench, in addition with several match deciding errors and misjudgements.

In the 2010/11 season, Forbes starts his season by scoring a curling delivery straight into the net, in the Europa League second qualifying round match against Breiðablik in the first leg.[12] Under newly manager Stuart McCall, Forbes says he's given a second chance to show his talent, in addition that he's the blame for being dropped out of the team.[13] Like last season, Forbes form's has continued deeply affected badly after a couple of months coming on as a sub without scoring and often playing out of position by being placed on the bench, in addition with several match deciding errors and misjudgements. In the final of Scottish Cup, Forbes was an unused substitute for the remainder of the matches played, as he watched Motherwell lose 3–0 against Celtic. In the 2011/12 season couldn't get any worse for Forbes as his first team has been increasingly been limited and mostly spent time on the substitute bench. At the end of the 2011–12 season, Forbes was released by the club.[14]

Partick Thistle[edit]

After being released by Motherwell, Forbes was close to sealing a move to recently relegated Dunfermline Athletic and played as a trialist for former club Dumbarton, but nothing came of it.[15] Forbes signed a six-month deal with Partick Thistle on 5 September 2012,[16] joining up with former team-mate Steven Lawless; and stating that joining the club was perfect timing.[17][18]

He made his debut for the club as a substitute for Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, in a 2–1 win over Cowdenbeath. A month later Forbes scored his first goal for the club, in a 7–0 victory over Airdrie United.[19] His second goal came on 10 November 2012, in a 5–1 win over Dunfermline Athletic; in a match where he also provided an assist for Conrad Balatoni. After seven appearances and two goals Forbes signed a new contract until the end of the season in November 2012.[20] At the end of the season, following the club's promotion to the SPL for the first time in nine year Forbes signed a one-year deal.[21] Upon signing the new contract, Forbes said that Thistle had helped him get his career on track and brought back his love for playing football.[22]

In the 2013–14 season, Forbes made his first Scottish Premiership appearance since leaving Motherwell in a 0–0 draw against Dundee United on the opening day. Forbes scored his First Premiership goal for Partick Thistle against St Mirren, coming off the bench in a 2–1 comeback victory.[23] Despite this however his playing time was limited.

Dunfermline Athletic[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Forbes was released by Partick Thistle[24] and signed for Dunfermline Athletic on the same day, where the club is standing in third tier of the Scottish Professional Football League.[25] The next day, Forbes made an immediate impact by scoring on his debut in a 3–1 win over East Fife.[26]

Greenock Morton[edit]

In a swap deal with Andrew Barrowman, Forbes made the move to Greenock to sign with league rivals Greenock Morton.[27] Forbes signed a one-year extension in May 2015.[28]

At the end of his deal, Forbes agreed a two-year extension until summer 2018.[29]

Forbes was nominated by his peers for the Championship Player of the Year for 2016-17.[30] He was also selected in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year.[31]

International career[edit]

In recognition of his good form at the start of the 2009–10 season, Forbes was called into the Scotland under–21s squad to play Belarus under-21s on 9 October 2009.[32]






  • Championship Player of the Month: January 2017[35]
  • Championship Player of the Year 2016-17 - nominee

Personal life[edit]

Forbes is a lifelong Rangers fan and was a season ticket holder, along with his father during the Advocaat era. He revealed that Barry Ferguson was his favourite player around that time.[36]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Motherwell 1–4 Celtic". BBC Sport. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Forbes and Pope head out on loan". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dumbarton 2–0 Berwick Rangers". BBC Sport. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Soccer shorts". Daily Record. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "I'm gutted Ross is a star ..". The Scottish Sun. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Forbes given young player prize". BBC Sport. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "I would have scored penalty against Rangers, insists Motherwell's young player of the month Ross Forbes". Daily Record. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Forbes extends stay at Fir Park". BBC Sport. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "I couldn't help knocking ball over the line against Rangers, I knew I was onside, says Motherwell's Ross Forbes". Daily Record. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Motherwell 6 – 6 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "I've no fear over taking penalty again against Hibs – despite 6–6 miss, insists Ross Forbes". Daily Record. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Motherwell 1 – 0 Breidablik". BBC Sport. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ross Forbes: I'm happy Stuart McCall is giving me a chance to show what I can do". Daily Record. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Motherwell wait on deals with four key players". BBC Sport. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Transfer Talk: August 14 – Four-way battle for Ki; Well want midfielder; Inter want Walcott". Daily Record. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Thistle Sign Midfielder". Partick Thistle F.C. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Firhill For Thrills: Fans Flocking Back To Partick Thistle In Record Numbers". The Glaswegian. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Scottish Football Reform: Partick Thistle Chief Puzzled By SPL Plans". The Glaswegian. 22 November 2012. Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Partick Thistle 7–0 Airdrie United". BBC Sport. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ross Forbes Agrees New Deal". Partick Thistle F.C. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "Partick Thistle: Kris Doolan & Ross Forbes sign new deals". BBC Sport. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Partick Thistle midfielder Ross Forbes opens his heart on his Motherwell rejection". Daily Record. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "St Mirren 1 Partick Thistle 2: Danny Lennon vows to fight to save his job as Saints slump to another costly defeat". Daily Record. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Ross Forbes Released". 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "New Arrivals". 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "East Fife 1–3 Dunfermline Athletic". BBC Sport. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  27. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (14 January 2015). "Morton sign Dunfermline midfielder". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  28. ^ "Two Re-sign". Greenock Morton F.C. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  29. ^ "Player News – Ross Forbes". Greenock Morton F.C. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  30. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (27 April 2017). "Ross Forbes". Greenock Morton F.C. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  31. ^ "PFA Scotland Teams of the Year". SPFL. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  32. ^ "Scots call Forbes and Wotherspoon". BBC Sport. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  33. ^ "Annan 1-3 Dumbarton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  34. ^ "Greenock Morton claim League 1 title after 3–1 win against Peterhead". Scottish Television. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  35. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (6 February 2017). "Ross Forbes picks up Player of the Month award". Greenock Morton F.C. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  36. ^ "I never thought I'd face Old Firm as I wanted to join police, says Motherwell starlet Ross Forbes". Daily Record. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 

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