Former Newcastle Women's goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute dies as tributes flood in

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Former Newcastle and Hartlepool Women’s goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute dies as the tributes flood in from social media for the ‘safest pair of hands in the North East’

  • Former Newcastle Women’s goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute has passed away
  • Podziute, who played for Hartlepool and Chester le Street, died on Wednesday
  • Newcastle United tweeted they were ‘devastated’ to hear of her sudden death 

Former Newcastle Women’s goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute has passed away.

Podziute, who also played for Hartlepool United and Northern League Division 2 side Chester le Street Town, suddenly died on Wednesday.

Tributes for the ‘much-loved’ goalkeeper flooded in on Thursday after her passing was confirmed. 

Newcastle Women’s side posted a heartfelt message on Twitter, saying: ‘We are devastated to hear of the passing of our former player Dominyka Podziute.

‘Dom was a much loved member of the squad during her time at the club, and will be sorely missed across North East football.

‘Our thoughts are with Dom’s family and friends at this difficult time.’

Former Hartlepool Women's goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute has passed away

Podziute played for Newcastle Women's side and was a popular character in the squad

Former Newcastle and Hartlepool Women’s goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute has passed away

Newcastle men’s team also paid their respects after learning the news of her passing. They tweeted: ‘Extremely sad news. Rest in peace, Dom.’

The Newcastle United foundation added: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former @NUFCWomen’s goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute. The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United Foundation are with her friends and family. Rest in peace, Dom’. 

Hartlepool Women’s side paid tribute to their former goalkeeper on social media.

Chester le Street Town confirmed Podziute's passing while her former clubs paid tribute

Chester le Street Town confirmed Podziute’s passing while her former clubs paid tribute

The tweet read: ‘We are saddened to hear the news that one of our former players Dominyka Podziute has sadly passed away, our thoughts and sincere condolences are with her family at this deeply sad time.’

The men’s side tweeted: ‘Everyone at Hartlepool United would like to send their love and thoughts to the family and friends of former @Official_HUWFC player Dominyka Podziute. Rest in peace, Dominyka.’

Podziute recently joined Chester le Street Town from Hartlepool United, with the Northern League Division 2 side confirming the news.

Chester le Street said in a statement: ‘It is with deep sadness that we have today learned that Dominyka Podziute who recently signed for our Ladies section from Hartlepool United Women has sadly passed away. 

Fans also took to social media to offer their condolences to Podziute's family on Thursday

Fans also took to social media to offer their condolences to Podziute’s family on Thursday

‘Thoughts and condolences are with her family and playing colleagues at this time’.

Fans also offered their condolences on social media to Podziute’s family, with one describing the goalkeeper as ‘one of the safest pair of hands in the North East’.

Another wrote: ‘Devastating news, a great character, goalkeeper and team player who will be missed by many in womens football. Condolences to Dom’s family at this tragic time and RIP Dom.’ 

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