By Daniel Wood & David Foy
England and former Huddersfield Town footballer Jordan Sinnott has passed away at the age of 25 following an alleged assault which left him with a fractured skull.
Sinnott was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday morning, as police were called to a car park in Nottinghamshire on Friday night following reports of a brawl.
After being placed into a coma, Sinnott later dies from his injuries.
Matlock Town, Sinnott’s current club at the time, confirmed the news having originally postponed their away game against Mickleover Sports following the incident.
A statement from Matlock Town read: “We are very sorry to report that Jordan Sinnott has passed away just before 7 pm this evening.
“His family and friends were with him at his bedside and we send our sincere condolences to them all at this very sad time.
“We understand from the police that following a serious assault in Retford town centre yesterday evening Jordan was found unconscious with a suspected fractured skull.
“He was taken to hospital where he was treated for the injuries and put on a life support machine.
The news that his condition was very serious and he was on a life support machine was received as players arrived for the game at Mickleover and after discussion with players, league and Mickleover it was agreed that the match should be postponed to a future date.”
Sinnot, who was on loan at Matlock Town from Alfreton Town, began his career at current Championship side Huddersfield Town.
He had his senior debut for the Terriers in the FA Cup against Leicester City in 2013.
Police are now investigating the incident that led to Sinnott’s death with one man currently in custody.
A police statement read: “Detectives have launched a murder inquiry and a fresh plea to anyone who witnessed two large-scale disturbances in Reford town centre overnight to come forward after a 25-year old footballer died following the incidents.
“Nottinghamshire Police first attended the Dominie Cross public house in Grove Street, Retford following a report of a group of up to eight men and women having been involved in a disturbance in the pub car park just after 11.25 pm on Friday 24 January.
“Officers were later called to assist ambulance crews who were attempting to treat Jordan Sinnott, a footballer with Matlock Town Football Club, after he was found unconscious with a suspected fractured skull following a subsequent incident at around 2 am in the town’s Market Place.
“Mr Sinnott had remained in hospital since the time of the incident, where he was receiving treatment for a suspected fractured skull.
“He died in hospital just before 6 pm on Saturday 25 January, surrounded by his family.
“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.”
Messages for Jordan Sinnott
There has been an outpour of messages for Jordan Sinnott from former colleagues and football clubs.
Huddersfield Town posted on Twitter: “Everyone at Huddersfield Town is devastated to hear of the loss of Academy graduate Jordan Sinnott.
“Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this tragic time.”
Steve Eyre, who coached Sinnott at Huddersfield, wrote on Facebook: “Rest in peace to my Boy Jordan Sinnott.
“Like a Son, my Captain, great times spent at two clubs and special time winning a league together. God Bless you Son.”
Also, Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who played with Sinnott at Chesterfield, tweeted: “Devastated, he looked after me from day 1. Funniest man and a great friend.”