Ex-Bury FC captain “Martyn Forrest” dies 14 years after collapsing on the pitch


Martyn Forrest, a former captain of Bury, passed away at the age of 43, according to his wife.

The former athlete passed out during a game fourteen years ago, and a brain tumor was eventually discovered.

Forrest received ongoing care and underwent three brain operations.

He tragically went away earlier this year after tragically learning that the treatment was no longer working.

Martyn’s wife, Lisa, issued the following statement:

“It is with the deepest sorrow that I write this message to inform you that Martyn has died away.

He was a wonderful father and a wonderful husband. We will miss you terribly.

Few people are aware that Martyn had a brain tumor when he passed out on the Radcliffe Borough field back in 2008.

“In March 2022, we received the heartbreaking news that the treatment was no longer effective after undergoing three brain surgeries, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy.

After several months of pain, he has finally reached his final resting place, where he can watch over his two sons as they develop into incredible men.

I can’t express how many people are going to miss his outgoing personality and sense of humor. Peace be with you, my beautiful husband”- His wife wrote.

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On Twitter, Bury sent the following statement: “ONCE A SHAKER ALWAYS A SHAKER”.

The news of former captain Martyn Forrest’s passing saddens us. He exhibited bravery both on and off the field and will be sadly missed. We are thinking of his friends and family.

Forrest played with Bury from 1996 to 2003 before going on to play for teams like Leigh RMI and Droylsden.

Between 2004 and 2012, he also made 287 appearances for Radcliffe, scoring 10 goals.

When he was a Radcliffe player, the former athlete once lost consciousness on the field and swallowed his tongue during a game versus Durham City at Stainton Park in 2008.

A linesman who was also a doctor on call and two club physiotherapists helped save his life.

In 2008, Martyn Forrest words to the doctor was :

“It was a stroke of luck having a doctor there as a linesman. I have not had chance to have a word with him yet.

I’m going to talk to him and thank him for what he did — which has probably saved my life.”


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