Little wonder the offer from the Colombian club was appealing to Alex Forbes. Millonarios were offering a deal in excess of £500k in today’s money, beyond comparison in English football at the time. It would have been a short trip though. Twelve months later, Fifa expelled the Colombian FA from membership meaning that all expat players left the club in the coming years.
One of those was Alfredo di Stefano, which would have been some tale for Forbes to tell. As it was, he remained at Arsenal to add another League title to the one won in 1948 and a runners-up medal in the FA Cup to accompany the triumph over Liverpool a month or so earlier. Forbes is the last surviving member of that team. At a time when there were only two major competitions, his 240 appearances for the club emphasizes his importance to the team at the time.