Killed footballer Jordan Sinnott remembered with Wembley cut out as Harrogate Town promoted
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A cardboard cut out of the young footballer, 25, was on display at the national stadium as Harrogate Town saw off Notts County in the National League play-off final to gain promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history.
The display was the idea of veteran Town striker Jon Stead who played alongside Jordan at Huddersfield Town.
It came just two days after three men were jailed over Jordan’s death in Retford in January.
The Matlock Town player was fatally injured after a confrontation that was "driven" by Kai Denovan, as he left The Vine pub in Retford, on January 25, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
Denovan, 22, of Collins Walk, Retford, admitted common assault and affray while giving evidence, but was convicted of manslaughter by a jury and received 11 years.
Cameron Matthews, 21, of Denman Close, Retford, had already pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and was sentenced to eight years and three months.
Sean Nicholson 22, of Beechways, Retford, who admitted affray, received 14 months.
His girlfriend Kelly Bossons, who discovered she was pregnant after Mr Sinnott’s funeral, said the group had “denied our unborn child the chance of meeting his father."
Ahead of Sunday’s game, Stead said about the cardboard cut outs: "They were in the stand on Saturday and it was brilliant just to almost feel his presence there.
"He'll be there watching at Wembley, so it will be nice again to have him there."
The veteran striker came on as a substitute for Harrogate Town during their 3-1 win yesterday.
After Harrogate secured promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club's history, Stead sat with his friend behind the goal.
There were two Sinnott cut-outs placed in the stands - one of him smiling in a suit, and another of a Huddersfield Town kit with "Sinnott 25" on the back.