In a heart-wrenching announcement, Sheffield United Football Club has revealed the tragic passing of one of its own, Maddy Cusack, at the tender age of 27. Maddy, who had recently been appointed as vice-captain, had embarked on her sixth season with the Blades in the Women’s Championship and held the distinction of being the longest-serving player within their current squad.
A somber statement on the club’s official website expressed their profound sorrow: “Sheffield United Football Club is devastated to report the sad news of the passing of Maddy Cusack. Maddy, a women’s team player since 2019 and marketing executive for the Football Club, passed away on Wednesday.”
Maddy’s legacy at Sheffield United Women extended well beyond the football pitch. Last season, she reached the remarkable milestone of 100 appearances for the club, a testament to her dedication and commitment. Notably, Maddy transitioned from her role at the Sheffield United Community Foundation to the club itself in 2021, where she played a pivotal role in marketing various facets of the Blades.
As the club and Maddy’s grieving family navigate this painful period, they have requested privacy and announced that no further comments will be made at this time.
Maddy Cusack’s arrival at Sheffield United Women in January 2019 coincided with a pivotal moment in the club’s journey through the women’s second tier. In a historic achievement, she became the first woman to achieve 100 appearances for Sheffield United. Her unwavering passion for the game and dedication to her team earned her a contract extension with the Blades in July, a testament to her invaluable contributions.
The football community mourns the loss of a talent gone too soon, remembering Maddy Cusack for her enduring spirit, on and off the field.