Saturday, 7 August 2010
Norwich City captain, centre half and legend, Duncan Forbes, was a hard uncompromising Scotsman. He was blood and thunder. Mister one hundred percent.
That at least is how I remember him and I am confident that I am not far wrong, and few people will want to correct me.
During the 1985-86 season however, those of us who purchased match day programmes were treated to a different side of Duncan. As part of his 'Club Canary' feature each week after he finished playing, he told us a joke, under the banner Forbesey's Funny. Here are just three examples, and believe me when I tell you they are amongst the better ones (you won't want to hear the others!) :
What do you call a cowboy actor who is short of money ? Skint Eastwood !
Why did the bald man put a rabbit on his head ? Because he wanted a head of hare !
What Roman God opened a pub ? Mars - he called it Mars Bar !
You know, when I watched Duncan Forbes biting the legs of opposition forwards fifteen years earlier, I always knew there was a softer side, struggling to get out !!
The contribution he made to Norwich City Football Club is almost immeasurable. And now we can add 'club comedian' to his list of duties and achievements.
It is a wonder he fitted the football in, alongside his day job as joke writer for Tom Smith's Christmas Crackers on Salhouse Road !!