Stuart CashmanStuart Cashman – Chaplain Brentford FC

We are greatly saddened to announce the death of Stuart Cashman the chaplain at Brentford FC. Stuart passed away at the age of 51 in the arms of his wife Meriel, on Tuesday 28th November after a long struggle with a kidney illness.

Stuart was appointed as chaplain in September 2016 when Dean Smith was manager at the club. During his time at Brentford he witnessed promotion from the Championship to the Premier League and was very much appreciated by the club for his compassion, listening ear and kindness to all. Even during the covid affected seasons Stuart maintained a “presence” with players and staff at the training ground by sending out regular WhatsApp videos. The high regard in which he was held was demonstrated by the fact that they announced his death at half time in the club’s Premier League game v Luton on Saturday accompanied by his photo on the big screen.

I last saw Stuart in May when I visited him at the Brentford Training Ground. Even though he was not at full strength the warmth with which he was received, the ease people had in chatting to him and the way he was around players and staff indicated what a great chaplain he was. At a personal level I was always blessed by his kindness, and deep faith and commitment to serving Jesus wherever he could.

Stuart managed to fit so much into his short life, we give thanks for his life and the impact he had on others for Jesus. As the club said in their statement at half time, “He was a kind, kind man and always made time for you.”
Please do pray for Meriel, Stuart’s wife and their two children Zoe and Joel that they will know the compassion and care of Jesus at this time and in the months ahead.

Matt Baker
National Director for England
Sports Chaplaincy UK