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NEWCASTLE United will pay tribute to Academy starlet Jordan Thompson at Sunday's game against West Ham United after the 15-year-old sadly passed away following a long illness.

 

Jordan, from West Denton, was part of the club's Under 16 squad and had been with his hometown club since the age of 11.

 

As a mark of respect, Newcastle United's players will wear black armbands for Sunday's game and will celebrate Jordan's life with a minute's applause before kick-off against the Hammers.

 

Jordan's family will be at the game and his U16 Academy team-mates will also join United's senior team on the pitch for the minute's applause.

 

Chairman Chris Mort said: "Jordan was an excellent young player in our Academy and the staff were very pleased with the way in which he was developing, both as a player and a fabulous young man.

 

"Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends.

 

"As a mark of respect, the Club will be holding a minute's applause before Sunday's game."

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RIP, when you see those players who waste their talent throughout a career and take the things that come with being a professional footballer for granted it makes it even more tragic that this lad wasn't able to fulfill his undoubted potential.

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RIP.

 

Play for him.

The club are to hold a minutes applause for him before the game.

 

And the team will hopefully play 90 mins etc for him and the family watching.

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