Harry Maguire has led the tributes to tragic Jordan Sinnott – as police launch a murder inquiry into non-league football who died aged 25 on Saturday.
Sinnott, who was on loan at Non-League outfit Matlock Town from Alfreton Town, passed away on Saturday evening after he suffered a suspected fractured skull in Retford, Notts, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
He had been found unconscious at around 2am after “two large-scale disturbances” in the town – firstly an eight person brawl in a pub car park late on Friday night and another incident in Market Place.
Sinnott was taken to hospital in Sheffield and treated in a critical condition on Saturday before he succumbed to his injuries just before 7pm.
Police arrested and questioned a 27-year-old shortly after the incident on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, before detectives launched a murder investigation after Sinnott’s death.
Nottinghamshire Police confirmed: “A 27-year old man who was arrested by Nottinghamshire Police officers shortly after the incident remains in police custody, with detectives now having launched a murder investigation following Mr Sinnott’s death.”
Two other men were also injured during the incidents. A 27-year-old man sustained a suspected broken nose, while a 44-year-old man suffered a suspected broken jaw.
Detective Inspector Justine Wilson from Nottinghamshire Police said: “Mr Sinnott’s death is a sad and significant development in this investigation. Our thoughts remain with Mr Sinnott’s friends and family, who our specialist officers are continuing to support at this incredibly difficult time.
“Our investigative team’s focus will remain on identifying those responsible and bringing them to justice and, while we have made one arrest at an early stage of our enquiries, we are appealing to anyone who was in Retford town centre late last night and in the early hours of this morning to come forward.
“This incident happened at a very busy time and we believe there are still a number of witnesses who have still not yet come forward who may hold vital information about how a young man came to lose his life so tragically.
“I would like to appeal directly to anyone who witnessed either incident to contact Nottinghamshire Police or call Crimestoppers anonymously with any information they may have.”
Matlock and Alfreton postponed their matches on Saturday afternoon due to “tragic and unforeseen circumstances.”
Manchester United captain and England defender Maguire tweeted his condolences: “Such sad news. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Matlock teammate Piteu Crouz posted on social media: “Can’t believe it! Just the other day we were celebrating your Hatrick together. Rest easy bro.”
Tucker Poole added: “Words can’t even describe how I’m feeling. Cruel world we live in. You’ll never be forgotten sinbad quality player & even better person. Absolute privilege to know you as a person & to share the pitch with you.”
Alfreton chairman Wayne Bradley wrote: “No words can express my sadness.”
Huddersfield, where Jordan rose through the youth ranks, said: “Everyone at #htafc is devastated to hear that former player Jordan Sinnott has passed away today.
“Our thoughts are with Jordan’s family, friends and everyone and his former and current clubs.
“A #htafc Academy graduate and proud Terrier, we will always remember him.”
Family friend Gaz Stokes said on Facebook: “Just cannot get my head around this.
“Devastated – a talented footballer and top lad. RIP my friend. You will be greatly missed. “Thoughts and prayers are with your family. Fly high with the angels Jordan.”
Former teammate Adam Morgan said: “Sinbad I couldn’t possibly put into words how much this news has hit me! My team mate through some great times an a always friend. From playing against you an with you my heart is broken today. What a man you are.. RIP Sinbad.”
Bournemouth midfielder Phillip Billing messaged: Terrible news. Rest easy Sinbad, gone way too soon. Sending my deepest condolences to your family and friends!”
Matlock Town wrote in a statement on their website: “His family and friends were with him at his bedside and we send our sincere condolences to them all at this very sad time.”
Alfreton paid tribute in their statement: “Jordan was a model footballer and an exceptional talent during his time at the Impact Arena and had a close affinity with both the manager, assistant and the players he took the field with.
“Rest easy Sinbad, we will never forget you.”
The midfielder came through the ranks at Championship side Huddersfield, following in the footsteps of father Lee, who made over 500 Football League appearances.
He made his first-team debut for the Terriers in the FA Cup against Leicester in 2013.
Sinnott joined Altrincham in 2015 and has also had spells at Halifax and Chesterfield before joining Alfreton in 2018.
- Anyone who witnessed either incident or believes they may have captured them on dashcam or mobile phone footage is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 78 of 25 January 2020.