Beloved Sheffield football coach passes away aged 57

Former Sheffield Wednesday community coach, Steve Adams, has died aged 57.
Former Sheffield Wednesday community coach, Steve Adams, has died aged 57.

A beloved Sheffield football coach, who started his career as a professional footballer, has passed away at the age of 57, it was confirmed last night.

Sheffield Wednesday confirmed the death of Steve Adams on Twitter last night.

A spokesman said: "Tonight, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Adams, a Wednesdayite and former Community Programme Manager at the club. RIP."

Mr Adams, who played for Doncaster Rovers in the 1980s, was well-known across the city for his coaching work, both for his work with the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Community Programme and through his own Tricky Wingers coaching business.

The Sheffield dad confirmed in 2012 that he was battling cancer, but that did not stop the inspirational coach from continuing with his training commitments.

Tributes have begun to pour in for Mr Adams on social media.

Leslie Jane Aspinall said: "R. I. P Steve you lovely, wonderful man."

Matthew Corker said: "Really sad news, he was a great guy and all the kids at Tricky Wingers really looked up to him."

Nick Johnson said: "Saddened to hear that Steve Adams has passed away. A very funny guy who was an infectious coach when he put on sessions for the Derek Dooley Football Academy."

His cause of death has not yet been confirmed.