Tributes are pouring in for Maddy Cusack , a 27-year-old Sheffield United footballer who has passed away. Cusack had been a member of the women’s team since 2019 and had accumulated over 100 appearances for the club. Additionally, she worked as a marketing executive for Sheffield United. The exact cause of her death has not been disclosed.
Stephen Bettis, the chief executive of Sheffield United, expressed deep sorrow, saying, “This is truly devastating news for everyone associated with Bramall Lane. Maddy held a unique position, actively participating in several teams at Sheffield United, and everyone who crossed her path cherished her. Her personality and professionalism were a testament to her family, and she will be greatly missed. As we contend with this heartbreaking news and move forward, the club dedicates itself to providing all possible support to Maddy’s family, friends, and colleagues.”
Sheffield United, who compete in the Women’s Championship (the second tier of women’s football), announced on their website that they would privately discuss suitable tributes and ways to commemorate Maddy’s life. The club, along with Maddy’s family, has requested privacy during this difficult period and will not provide further comments.
Maddy Cusack had the distinction of becoming the first player to reach 100 appearances for Sheffield United. She had been with the club since she transitioned from the Sheffield United Community Foundation in 2021 and was embarking on her sixth season.
Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football, expressed deep sadness, stating, “We are all heartbroken by the news of Maddy Cusack’s passing. On behalf of the FA, the Lionesses, the Women’s Super League, and the Women’s Championship, our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to Maddy’s family, friends, teammates, and everyone at Sheffield United. Maddy had also represented England at various age levels, and we will pay tribute to her at an appropriate time. We are in contact with the club and will continue to offer them our unwavering support during this incredibly sorrowful time.”
Maddy Cusack had previously played for Birmingham City, and the club expressed their sorrow, stating, “We deeply mourn the loss of former player Maddy Cusack.” Our hearts go out to Maddy’s family and friends during this extraordinarily challenging time.”
Leah Williamson, a player for Arsenal and England, shared her condolences on social media, writing, “Sending all my love and condolences to Maddy’s family during this terrible time!”
The Professional Footballers’ Association also extended their thoughts and sincere condolences to Maddy’s family, friends, and teammates.
Manchester United Women’s team conveyed their sadness, stating, “We feel profound sorrow over this news.” We extend our condolences to Maddy’s loved ones and the Sheffield United family during this time. May she rest in peace.”