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'Shirts For Jordan' campaign underway for Jordan Sinnott

A HUGE campaign is underway to commemorate the life of a Bradford-born footballer.

Tom Sinnott appealed for football clubs to donate shirts for the funeral of brother Jordan Sinnott, who died on Saturday following an assault.

The campaign has already made it right across the country, with clubs sharing pictures on social media.

This includes Sinnott's hometown club, Bradford City, who sent off their shirt yesterday afternoon.

The idea was put in place to celebrate the footballer's life, but the shirts will also be donated to Sports Relief after the funeral.

There is also an Instagram page - called "jordansinnottshirts25" - and that has 2,253 followers.

Tom Sinnott posted on the page to explain the campaign and to reveal there had been a huge response already.

He said: "My brother was an amazing man and for his funeral we had an idea to acquire donated football shirts from any team that wanted to, with 'Sinnott 25' printed on the back.

"Safe to say that we have had confirmation that nearly every team in the English leagues have provided one, with Scottish teams, non-league and Sunday leagues also providing.

"After the funeral, we would like to donate every shirt to Sports Relief, so that children abroad can have them and we can be happy knowing he had helped other children.

"We were hoping this could be aired or mentioned, as it would mean the world to family and friends and would cement his legacy of how much of an amazing person he was."

The profiles are sharing each club's "Sinnott 25" shirt, as they send them off.

A number of high-profile teams have had shirts printed, including a picture of Steven Gerrard with a Rangers's jersey, as well as Aaron Cresswell, Robert Snodgrass, Mark Noble and David Martin holding a West Ham home shirt.

A sports shop in the midlands has also got behind the cause.

Custom Clothes and Sports Shop has said anyone wishing to send a shirt, can get "Sinnott 25" printed for free there.

This can be done by either going in store or by posting to them, with forwarding postage for the final destination in Cardiff.

The shop has already printed two shirts this week for local teams.

In a time of great tragedy, the campaign has brought the football community together.

The response has brought about some respite, according to a close family friend.

Helen France, who is best friends with Tom and Jordan's mum, said: "I just believe it's bringing them a lot of comfort in this sad time."

Three men are in custody on suspicion of murder in relation to the death of Sinnott, after a further male was arrested yesterday.

Nottinghamshire Police announced a 21-year-old was detained on suspicion of murder, in relation to incidents in Retford at the weekend.

Sinnott died just before 6pm on Saturday in hospital, after an assault in Retford Market Place.

The 25-year-old was found unconscious at around 2am on that day, with a suspected fractured skull.

On Sunday, two other 21-year-olds were arrested on suspicion of murder.

They are still in police custody.

But a 20-year-old, who was arrested on suspicion of the same offence yesterday, has since been released without charge.

Any football clubs who want to help support the "Shirts For Jordan" campaign can send their jerseys to the following address: Danny Ward, Cardiff City Stadium. Leckwith Road, Cardiff, CF11 8AZ.

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