Dev­as­tated dad plans ‘won­der­ful’ send off for tragic young soc­cer ace

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - 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 Jor­dan Mose­ley, an academy player.

The 15-year-old from Mid­dle­ton played for three Old­ham sides – in­clud­ing one in Roy­ton – be­fore be­ing signed by the League Two club.

His 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 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, from Mid­dle­ton, was re­cently be­ing coached by Wil­lie Donachie, a Manch­ester City leg­end, who joined Ac­cring­ton’s back­room 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. Jor­dan and I were sea­son ticket hold­ers at Manch­ester City. This was our ninth sea­son - he has only seen the good times at the Eti­had.

“We have asked all the kids that are com­ing to his fu­neral to wear foot­ball of ev­ery day shirts. We are mak­ing it as won­der­ful as we can. We want to cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing about him.

“He was an old fash­ioned left-winger, but right­footed, Ac­cring­ton had to play three cen­tral mid­field­ers to ac­com­mo­date him.

“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.”

The 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.

“I will carry him. I would carry him on my own if I had to,” said Gary. “All the play­ers from Ac­cring­ton’s un­der-16s squad will at­tend and the youth team that Jor­dan was play­ing for and first-team play­ers, have been in­vited.”

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

He died sud­denly at the fam­ily home on Oc­to­ber 17.

Wayne Hurst, who man­aged Jor­dan when he played for Chad­der­ton Park, said: “Jor­dan came to me as an eight year old.

“He fit­ted in straight away, he was al­ways the one player who wanted to prove him­self. He knew from an early age he wanted to make it as a foot­baller, and his dad al­ways wanted him to make it. It was clear he was some­thing spe­cial on the pitch and his de­sire is what got him no­ticed by others.”

Mid­dle­ton artist Lewis Williams has been crowned Hob­by­craft’s Artist of the Year 2017 for his art­work en­ti­tled ‘Char­coal Eye’

Jor­dan Mose­ley, when play­ing for Roy­ton out­fit, Hey­side

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