TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Wirral sportsman who excelled at both cricket and rugby.

Martyn Smith, who has died aged 56 after a short illness, played cricket at Irby before joining Birkenhead Park for the 1990 season as wicket keeper.

He went on to play for the club until the end of the 2000 season during which time he captained the 1st XI in 1997 and 1998 and scored over 4,000 runs. 

Martyn then moved back to Irby where he saw out his career. 


Martyn, who was educated at Calday Grange Grammar School, was also a well known figure at Caldy RFC. 

A spokesman for the club said: "Caldy RFC are saddened to announce the passing of former Caldy coach Martyn Smith, aged 56 years at Arrowe Park Hospital, following a short illness.


"Martyn leaves behind two children Joe, 22, and Bethan, 25, who have both been involved at the club since an early age. Martyn was a valued member of the club and coached Joe’s age group from Under 6s and stayed with the side until they reached senior colts.

"Martyn will be missed by all. Rest In Peace Martyn."