Sheffield United midfielder Maddy Cusack, aged 27, has tragically passed away
Posted : 22 September 2023
Cusack, a dedicated member of the club since 2019, achieved a significant milestone as the first player to reach 100 appearances for the women's team in the previous season. Additionally, she held the role of a marketing executive at the Women's Championship club. Her untimely loss has left Sheffield United deeply saddened.
Stephen Bettis, the CEO of Sheffield United, expressed his condolences, stating, "This is heartbreaking news for everyone at Bramall Lane. Maddy had a unique position of being part of a number of teams at Sheffield United and was popular with everyone that she came into contact with. Her personality and professionalism made her a credit to her family - she will be sadly missed. Whilst taking in the news and moving forward, the club will offer as much support as possible to Maddy's family, friends, and colleagues."
Maddy Cusack's previous clubs, including Birmingham, Aston Villa, and Nottingham Forest, also paid their respects to her memory.
The Football Association's director of women's football, Baroness Sue Campbell, conveyed that the FA is in contact with Sheffield United and providing support during this incredibly sorrowful time. She added, "On behalf of the FA, the Lionesses, the Women's Super League, and the Women's Championship, our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Maddy's family, friends, teammates, and everyone at Sheffield United. Maddy also represented England at age-group level, and we will pay tribute to her at an appropriate point."
Former Sheffield United men's captain Billy Sharp shared a photo of himself with Cusack on social media, remembering her fondly with the words, "Such a lovely girl. Enjoyed some amazing times with Maddy and the Blades. Such a sad loss. RIP Maddy."