A rugby club member who played an instrumental role in a club's success has died aged 51.

Gary Wall, who has been involved with Watford-based Fullerians RFC for more than 15 years, passed away at the Peace Hospice on August 7 after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January.

The club says Gary was known to many for his hard work and commitment, not only as a steward for nine years, but on the touchline too where he played a key role in the success of the first team.

Club chairman Kevin Brind has described Gary as his "right-hand man".

He said: "We spoke to each other more than we spoke to our wives. He had a heart of gold. Everything he did was for no personal gain - he was a volunteer like everyone else. I've lost my right-hand man."

Lorry driver Gary, who recently became a grandad, was also instrumental in changing the club bar.

Kevin added: "He was the perfect person to run the bar creating an atmosphere that people wanted to be involved in.

"He was my Fullerian friend. We are all eternally grateful for what he has done. The place is unrecognisable now thanks to his work.

"Our sincere condolences go to his wife Cheryl, his children Sean, Amie & Gemma, and the whole of the Wall family."

Gary's funeral will take place on August 23.