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03
MAR

Fylde RUFC are delighted to pay tribute to Martin Wallwork ahead of his 250th 1st team appearance against Caldy on Saturday.

The 32-year-old joins a list of ten famous Fylde players who have reached this milestone since reliable records have been kept from 1976 to date: Micky Weir, Dave Young, Mike Dixon, Jon Taylor, Brendan Hanavan, Steve Gough, Mark Hesketh, Pete Faulkner, Mark Evans & Craig McIntyre.

'Wally' has been a fantastic servant to the club, as player and now in the remarkable capacity of 'player-official', not only a vital part of the 1st team squad but also this season as Club Secretary.

The 'Wallwork/Fylde RFC Story' started in 1983 when, as a 5-year-old, he joined Fylde's Under 6 team. He played right through the various Mini-Junior age levels, as he did at Arnold School. Coached at the School by, amongst others, the legendary dual code Welsh international John Bevan, he was a contemporary, team mate and friend, at Arnold and Fylde, of fellow team-mates on Saturday Mark Stephenson & Grant Ferguson.

He gained representative honours for Lancashire from U'14s through to U'18s including touring in South Africa. He also toured Australia with an Arnold party.

He went to Loughborough University in 1996 to undertake a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and immediately made his name in the University's famous rugby club. He skippered the Freshers XV, moved on to the 1st team, played in a BUSA Final, reached two European Student Cup semi-finals, toured South Africa, represented England Students and captained England Universities.

Meanwhile, in the 1996/7 season he made his Fylde 1st team debut in squad that won promotion to the Allied Dunbar Premiership Two division. The club had reached Level 2 in the RFU league system, one of the top 24 clubs in England.

His talent was noticed nationally and he received an offer to join Coventry for the 1998/9 season along with another Fylde favourite, Steve Gough. He moved on to Rugby Lions in 1999/2000, then a Level 2 club, and was coached by the famous and mercurial Paul Turner. He finished university in 2000 and took up an offer to become a full-time professional at the ambitious Bedford club.

Bedford was and is a great club he said, Very similar to Fylde. It has great traditions and is in a rugby mad area, big crowds, a real atmosphere. It was at Bedford that he expanded his repertoire and played occasionally at fly-half.

In 2001 he returned to the Fylde Coast and switched from Level 2, high-quality senior rugby to the rather more modest glories of the new Lytham team playing at the Woodlands in the North Lancs Two division.

He was quickly promoted back to Fylde's 1st team and has been a fixture in the 1st team squad ever since at scrum-half, fly-half, fullback and even, occasionally, on the wing. He gained senior Lancashire County honours between 2001-3 and played for, amongst others, the Penguins representative team.

Interestingly, he has played many years for the Fylde 1st team as an amateur. In the summer of 2010 he agreed to become Fylde's Secretary, a very responsible job in itself, alongside his 1st team commitments, his career as a property manager with Glasdons in Blackpool and as husband to Dani whom he married in 2009.

Grey haired officials from other clubs who want to chat to Fylde's Secretary on match days are astonished to hear that they'll have to wait until after the game as he has prior business on the 1st team pitch!

Martin Wallwork is the ultimate 'club man', 16 years service to the Club and counting.

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