Foot­ball pays trib­ute to a ‘price­less’ young star

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FOOT­BALL united to pay trib­ute to a ‘price­less and ir­re­place­able’ young player.

Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley academy star Jor­dan Mose­ley, aged 15, died sud­denly last month.

More than 300 peo­ple at­tended the Manch­ester City fan’s fu­neral at St Pe­ter’s RC Church in his home town of Mid­dle­ton.

At the re­quest of his par­ents, Gary and Tracey, and brother Christo­pher, many of those at­tend­ing came in foot­ball shirts or scarves.

Colours of City, Ever­ton, Old­ham Ath­letic, Liver­pool, Brad­ford City, Black­burn Rovers and Bury were worn.

Stan­ley did the his­toric team’s name proud as more than 50 play­ers and staff, in­clud­ing first team man­ager John Cole­man, paid their re­spects. All wore Stan­ley train­ing kit.

Jor­dan’s hearse was drawn by two black horses, each with City’s sky blue plumage, and the club’s flag draped over one.

Flo­ral trib­utes in the shape of foot­balls and a Manch­ester City shirt were placed next to his cas­ket.

There was stand­ing room only as mourn­ers filled the small church. Fa­ther Kieren Mullarkey, who con­ducted the ser­vice, told mourn­ers: “We are here to ask, Jor­dan Mose­ley, who was he?

“He was a beloved school mate, a tal­ented foot­baller, a great team­mate, with his fu­ture open­ing up be­fore him.

“But be­fore he put that fa­mous old jersey on, Jor­dan was and al­ways will be Gary and Tracey’s son. He is the one that Gary and Tracey adore.

“There is only one Jor­dan Mose­ley, a price­less and ir­re­place­able young man.”

Fa­ther Kieren then in­vited the con­gre­ga­tion to break with church tradi- tion and they gave Jor­dan a stand­ing ova­tion for more than a minute.

Dur­ing the ser­vice, mu­sic in­cluded Puff Daddy’s I’ll Be Miss­ing You and Jor­dan was car­ried from the church to the Manch­ester City an­them, Blue Moon.

Stan­ley play­ers lined the street out­side the church and again ap­plauded as his hearse moved off.

Two young girls wear­ing the colours of Chad­der­ton Park, Jor­dan’s first foot­ball team, placed roses in­side the hearse.

Play­ers and coaches from Chad­der­ton Park, and two other teams which Jor­dan played for – AFC Old­ham and Roy­ton club side Hey­side – also at­tended the ser­vice. Pupils from Rish­worth School, near Hal­i­fax, where he was a pupil also at­tended.

Last week, Stan­ley’s home game, a 3-2 vic­tory against Bar­net, was ded­i­cated to Jor­dan, and the match pro­gramme fea­tured his pic­ture on the front.

Jor­dan, an ortho­dox left winger, was highly re­garded by the club, and oth­ers were also show­ing an in­ter­est. As a 13-yearold he was the Tame­side League’s top scorer with 29 goals.

Pat Barr, a for­mer tu­tor of Jor­dan’s who gave a read­ing at the ser­vice, said: “He was a boy full of prom­ise. A charm­ing young man.”

One of the flo­ral trib­utes by Jor­dan’s cas­ket

Jor­dan Mose­ley’s pic­ture on the front of the or­der of ser­vice

Mourn­ers wore foot­ball shirts

Peo­ple brought their own flo­ral trib­utes

Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley Academy team mem­bers gath­ered out­side St Pe­ter’s Church and, inset, man­ager John ohn Cole­man

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