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Andy Forbes back at City.

on Fri 25 Mar

ANDY Forbes, one of the finest players ever to grace a Winchester City shirt, has made a surprise return to the Denplan City Ground.

With frontman Zach Glasspool leaving for Sholing earlier this week, director of football Dave Malone decided to sound out Forbes about helping Winchester's Southern One South & West play-off quest.

To his surprise and delight, he got a positive response with Forbes agreeing to sign on for the remainder of the season.

The striker’s legendary 76-goal exploits of 2003/04 will live forever in the memories of Winchester fans who still revered the Reading-based marksman long after he had left forEastleigh at the end of that sparkling FA Vase-winning campaign.

Now 36 and a father of two, Forbes hung up his boots following a successful stint as a defender for Gosport Borough which included a 2014 trip to Wembley in the FA Trophy final.

Malone said: “It’s a tremendous signing for us. Forbesy may not be available for every game, but his experience and undoubted talent will be a huge asset to us. We probably see him as a striker, but I don’t care where he plays!

“We don’t expect him to run around like an 18-year-old, but he’s one of those naturally fit blokes. He's been playing some five-a-side and the odd Sunday game and there’s no way he’d have signed if he wasn’t fit, I know him too well.