Tributes paid to popular Barrow rugby player who was the “life and soul of many a party”

Tributes have been paid to a popular Barrow rugby player who was the “life and soul of many a party.”

Hindpool Tigers say they are “saddened” to hear of Matty Edward’s untimely passing and their thoughts and sympathies are with his family.

Police were called to Chatsworth Street yesterday morning and a man in his thirties was pronounced dead at the scene.

A club spokesman said “Everyone at the club is saddened to hear of the untimely passing of our former player Matty Edwards. We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends at this sad time. 

“Matty came to the club from Roose to play with his brother Pete and played a major part in our success in the Barrow and District league before we headed off to play in the North West Counties set up. 

“Along with a number of his Hindpool team mates he went along to play at Lancaster in the fledgling summer conference league where Hindpool and Heysham Atoms formed the backbone of the side and he made many friends amongst the Atoms as well. Although he has not played for a few years now Matty had mentioned he may come of out retirement this year to play in our masters team alongside a number of former teammates and that side will be poorer on and off the field for not having him there. 

“Matty was the life and soul of many a party and will be sadly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have met him. R.I.P Matty Edwards .”
Dozens of people have left messages on the club’s Facebook page to a much loved man who will be missed by so many.

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