Bury Football Club has paid tribute to one of its women's team players who has died.

Emily Wilcock joined the club to play in the recreational set-up two and a half years ago, rarely missing a training session and was selected as the Manager’s Player of the Year in 2022.

She has died suddenly aged 27.

Emily's death was marked by the club before the women's team played on Wednesday and will be again on Saturday. 

Bury Times: Emily Wilcock

On Wednesday, a club spokesperson: “Emily joined to play within the recreational setup two and a half years ago and was a very proud and committed member of the setup, barely missing a training session, taking part in extra summer sessions and attending social events with the squad.

“A member of the 'Greens', one of a number of our teams competing in the local recreational leagues, who won League 2 of the Greater Manchester Women's Flexi League in 2022-23 and was part of the club trip to Barcelona in 2022.

“She grabbed her first goal of the season in the last game of last season, and was selected as Manager's Player of the Season in 2021-22.

“Everyone who knew Emily will know she was such a lovely person with a great personality and always had a big smile on her face. She will be sorely missed for all these reasons.

“Emily's passing will be marked at both our women's game this evening and at Gigg Lane on Saturday afternoon.

“As a club, we wish to pass on our thoughts and condolences to Emily's family, boyfriend, friends and all her club teammates as they come to terms with this extremely sad news.”