Remembering our friend Michael Forbes

Last week we all got the terrible news that our friend and former SHA staff member Michael Forbes had passed away aged 64.

Mick was such a charismatic character who was always smiling and cracking jokes, brightening up every room he went into. Forbsey was a much loved member of the SHA family that touched the lives of so many of us and he will be sadly missed.

Mick was a massive sports fan and a huge SWFC supporter, he spent many years coaching football and was passionate about the game. He even coached Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy in his days at Stocksbridge - a story which I never really believed until Vardy sent Mick a special signed shirt on his 60th birthday, which Mick met with a cheeky "I told you so" grin towards me. As well as football, Mick was a big fan of snooker and was incredibly knowledgeable about the sport. Mick even refereed an exhibition game with Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins at Trickshots.

Mick was with the SHA from the very start, even before SNIPS sessions were running, and watched the academy grow and develop into what it is today. I'm sure he would be very proud of what the academy has achieved and will continue to achieve in the future. Long time friend of our founder Stephen Harrison MBE and his family, Mick was always there to help make the academy a success.

Mick first joined the academy back in 2007 when SHA moved into its first home at Trickshots in Hillsborough. Forbsey spent many years as a doorman and bouncer at various places notably the famous Roxy's nightclub, so joined the Trickshots team initially to help with matchday security. Being a massive snooker fan and an excellent snooker player Mick soon found himself playing with and training the Trickshots members. Everybody in Trickshots used to love being around Mick, battling with him both on the snooker table and with banter. He truly made that place special, with a fun, competitive and welcoming atmosphere that everybody enjoyed.

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