Tributes given to former Bury captain Martyn Forrest, who dies at 43


Former Bury captain Martyn Forrest dies aged 43 – 14 years after collapsing on the football pitch with a brain tumour

  • Former Bury captain and midfielder Martyn Forrest has died at the age of 43 
  • Forrest collapsed on the football pitch against Radcliffe Borough back in 2008
  • He was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumour and had several treatments
  • Wife Lisa called him ‘an amazing husband and a fantastic dad’ in a tribute to him 

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Former Bury captain Martyn Forrest has died at the age of 43, 14 years after collapsing on the pitch.

Forrest, who played in midfield, was diagnosed with a brain tumour after collapsing against Radcliffe Borough in 2008 and had several treatments but the club have now confirmed his passing. 

His wife Lisa said: ‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write this message to let you know Martyn has passed away. He was an amazing husband and a fantastic dad. We will miss you so so much.

Former Bury captain and midfielder Martyn Forrest (pictured above) has died at the age of 43


Forrest collapsed on the pitch while playing against Radcliffe Borough 14 years ago in 2008

‘Not many people are aware that when Martyn collapsed on the pitch at Radcliffe Borough back in 2008 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

‘After undergoing brain surgery 3 times, radiotherapy and chemotherapy we were given the unfortunate news in March 2022 that the treatment was no longer working.  

‘After a few months of suffering he is now at his resting place where he can look down on his two boys and see them grow up into amazing men. 

Wife Lisa said: ‘He was an amazing husband and a fantastic dad. We will miss you so so much.’

‘I cannot say how much his fun loving personality is going to be missed by so many people. Rest in peace my wonderful husband.’ 

His former club posted on Twitter: ‘ONCE A SHAKER ALWAYS A SHAKER. We are saddened to hear the news of former captain Martyn Forrest’s passing.

‘He showed bravery on and off the pitch and will be remembered fondly. We send our thoughts to his friends and family.’ 



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