The football community is reeling from the devastating and untimely loss of Sheffield United Women vice-captain Maddy Cusack, who passed away suddenly this week at the age of 27.
Cusack was a talented midfielder and passionate leader for Sheffield United Women, having been with the club since 2019 and surpassing 100 appearances. Her shocking death has prompted an outpouring of grief from teammates, fans and colleagues.
About Maddy Cusack Life
Born in Sheffield, Cusack came up through her hometown club’s youth system prior to playing for several other English teams. She returned to Sheffield United in 2019 and immediately made her mark as a tenacious box-to-box midfielder and fierce competitor.
Loved for her work rate and combative playing style, Cusack helped lead the team to successive fourth place finishes in the Women’s Championship. Just last month, she was named vice-captain, exemplifying her influence and stature within the club.
Off the pitch, Cusack also worked tirelessly in her marketing role for Sheffield United. Those across the organization remember her wit, compassion for others and commitment to bringing people together.
The club announced Cusack’s passing with great sadness, calling it a tragic loss both on and off the field. “Maddy was not just an exceptional footballer, but a fantastic ambassador for our club,” read a statement.
Tributes poured in from the soccer world celebrating Cusack’s passion and spirit. Sue Campbell, director of women’s football at the FA, praised Cusack as a “remarkable talent and key figure” within Sheffield United.
Mwana Mfalme shared a Tribute Post on Facebook writing:-
SHEFFIELD UNITED women’s star Maddy Cusack, 27 has passed away
Last season, Maddy reached the milestone of 100 appearances for Sheffield United Women and she had just entered her sixth season with the club after signing a new deal in July. She was the longest serving midfielder at the club, and was named vice captain for the 2023/24 season. She also played for Aston Villa.
Her cause of death is said to be suicide, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
RIP Maddy, you will be missed
During this profoundly difficult time, the team has come together, leaning on one another and sharing memories of their beloved vice-captain. A memorial will be scheduled to properly honor Cusack’s legacy as a leader and trailblazer within the club.
While her bright future was devastatingly cut short, Maddy Cusack’s reputation as the heartbeat of Sheffield United Women will carry on. The club, supporters and her hometown will never forget her integral role and the excitement she brought every time she took the pitch. Nor will they forget the compassion and character she demonstrated day in and day out.
The world has lost a rising star, but Maddy Cusack’s spirit will continue inspiring players and women everywhere to fight for their teams with boundless heart and determination. May she rest knowing the marks she left, on and off the field, can never be erased.