Former Birmingham City midfielder Maddy Cusack dies aged 27

Sheffield United have announced that the club’s Women’s vice-captain Maddy Cusack died earlier this week. Tributes have poured in for the former Birmingham player

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Former Birmingham City Women player Maddy Cusack has died at the age of 27.

Maddy played for Birmingham until 2018 and joined Sheffield United in 2019, where she also worked as a marketing executive for the club.

She passed away on Wednesday, September 20, the South Yorkshire club confirmed this afternoon (September 21).

Maddy last season reached the milestone of 100 appearances for Sheffield United Women and was due to start the 2023/24 season as the club’s vice-captain. Birmingham City also paid tribute following the news of her death.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the club, said: “The Club are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Maddy Cusack. All of our thoughts are with Maddy’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

Stephen Bettis, Sheffield United’s chief executive officer, said: “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.”

A club statement added: “Sheffield United said discussions over suitable tributes and celebrating Maddy’s life will continue privately. The Club and Maddy’s family would appreciate a period of privacy and will not comment further at this sad time.”