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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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