Full name Matthew John Gadsby
Date of birth 6 September 1979
Place of birth Sutton Coldfield, England
Date of death 9 September 2006 (aged 27)
Place of death Harrogate, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Walsall 37 (0)
2002–2003 Mansfield Town 20 (0)
2003–2004 Kidderminster Harriers 32 (2)
2004–2006 Forest Green Rovers 66 (3)
2006 Hinckley United 7 (1)
Matthew John Gadsby (6 September 1979 – 9 September 2006) was Born in Sutton Coldfield, he played for Walsall, Mansfield Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green and Hinckley United as a defender and midfielder.
He signed for Hinckley United in 2006 from Football Conference side Forest Green Rovers.
Gadsby had previously played at clubs including Walsall, where he graduated from the youth team and played in the Division Two Play-off final of 2001, when Walsall defeated Reading 3–2. After being released by Walsall, he was signed by Mansfield Town.
Gadsby collapsed on the pitch on 9 September 2006, playing for Hinckley United in a Conference North game against Harrogate Town. Despite efforts by paramedics to revive him, he died soon afterwards in Harrogate District Hospital, three days after his 27th birthday. Medical tests revealed that Gadsby died from a heart condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, an inherited condition that affects the muscle of the right ventricle of the heart.
Hinckley United’s next game away at Moor Green was postponed after his death. The club, after consultation with the Football Conference, also decided to withdraw the number five shirt worn by Gadsby for the remainder of the season. It was replaced by the number 18 shirt in the starting line-up.
A remembrance area was set up at the Marston’s Stadium by the turnstiles, and a memorial game was played on 29 October 2006, at the Newton Regis recreational ground, between Tamworth Sunday league team Newton Thistle and a Leicester City old stars side.