A ‘won­der­ful’ send off planned for tragic son

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

NEAL KEELING

THE fa­ther of a tal­ented teenage foot­baller who died sud­denly has promised a ‘won­der­ful’ send off for ‘the best son you could ever have’.

Youth and first team play­ers from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley are ex­pected at the funeral of academy player Jor­dan Mose­ley.

The 15-year-old’s funeral will take place on Fri­day, Novem­ber 3, at St Peter’s RC Church, Mid­dle­ton.

Jor­dan’s death has left his par­ents, Gary and Tracey, and older brother, Christo­pher, dev­as­tated.

Gary said: “He was the best son you could ever have had. We spent every minute of every day to­gether.

“I never missed any of his train­ing ses­sions. He used to say to me ‘you don’t have to be here dad’ but I al­ways was, in the rain, and cold. It didn’t mat­ter. I’m lost with­out him.”

Jor­dan was re­cently be­ing coached by Wil­lie Donachie, a Manch­ester City leg­end, who joined Ac­cring­ton’s back room staff and is a hero of Gary’s.

Speak­ing of the funeral Gary added: “Jor­dan will be wear­ing a replica of his full red Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley kit, and a Manch­ester City scarf. His orig­i­nal Stan­ley kit is too pre­cious to part with. He was an old fash- ioned left winger, but right footed.

“Play­ing for Hey­side he scored 29 goals in the Tame­side league and won the golden boot, which was a re­mark­able achieve­ment as he was play­ing as a mid­fielder at the time.

“Not long af­ter that Ac­cring­ton made a move for him. Af­ter four weeks at the club they of­fered him a schol­ar­ship and full con­tract. We have been moved by the things said about him by his coaches at other clubs. Now we in­tend to give him the most won­der­ful funeral we can.”

A funeral pro­ces­sion will be led by a car­riage drawn by two horses and Jor­dan’s cas­ket will be be­decked in Manch­ester City colours. The ser­vice will be from 12.30pm.

Play­ers from Ac­cring­ton’s un­der 16s squad will at­tend along with the youth team that Jor­dan was play­ing for, and first team play­ers have also been in­vited.

Glow­ing tributes have been paid to Jor­dan by Stan­ley, plus ju­nior Old­ham teams, Chad­der­ton Park, Hey­side, and AFC Old­ham.

He died sud­denly at the fam­ily home on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 17.

AN in­quest into Jor­dan’s death has been opened and ad­journed.

Tracy Bunn, a po­lice coroners of­fi­cer, told the hear­ing at Rochdale Coroners Court that Jor­dan was ‘found un­re­spon­sive’ by his mum and dad af­ter they re­turned home from their son’s par­ents’ evening.

North Manch­ester as­sis­tant coroner Peter Sigee said he was await­ing a full po­lice state­ment and a re­port from Jor­dan’s doc­tor. No cause of death was re­vealed.

A pro­vi­sional date for a full in­quest was fixed for April 10 next year.

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