Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson are among the football stars making heartfelt tributes to Jordan Sinnott after his death.
Mr Sinnott, 25, who played for Matlock Town FC, was found with a suspected fractured skull following a disturbance in Retford, Nottinghamshire, early on Saturday morning.
He was discovered unconscious in the town's Market Place at 2am, but died in hospital shortly before 6pm on Saturday, Nottinghamshire Police said.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and police are continuing to question two other suspects, both also 21.
A 20-year-old man has been released without charge.
The family and friends of Mr Sinnott are now appealing for football shirts to be donated in a bid to help the non-league footballer leave a legacy.
Rangers manager Gerrard has posed with a 'Sinnott, 25' Rangers shirt as part of the 'Shirts for Jordan' scheme - with clubs from around the country donating kits bearing the former Matlock Town player's name, reports Lincolnshire Live.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has posed with a shirt, as has Chelsea right-back Reece James, while Manchester United defender Harry Maguire paid moving tribute, saying: "Such sad news. My thoughts are with his family and friends."
Lincoln City have also paid tribute, donating a shirt and tweeting: "In memory of Jordan, on its way to @JordanShirts".
Gainsborough Trinity and Boston United have donated a shirt to the cause of the player, who trialled at Lincoln United in pre-season.
A number of other big clubs have also donated shirts, including Crystal Palace, Hull, Stoke, Nottingham Forest, while a host of other teams in English football has also taken part, including Accrington Stanley, Exeter and Mansfield.
His elder brother Tom Sinnott said he came up with the idea of getting all the clubs Jordan had played for, including Bury and Halifax Town, to donate football shirts with his name on them to put on display at the funeral.
Asked why, Mr Sinnott said he knew how much his brother loved football and he thought it would be a way to "remember everything good about him".
Nottinghamshire Police have urged witnesses with information to come forward.
Anyone who has information or video footage is asked to report it through the correct channels by calling Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.