Josh Windass dedicates goal on Sheffield Wednesday debut to old school friend Jordan Sinnott

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You can only imagine the cocktail of emotions pulsing through Sheffield Wednesday debutant Josh Windass as he peeled away to celebrate his debut goal in their 1-1 draw with Barnsley on Saturday.

The on-loan Wigan man scored with his first shot in Owls colours and peeled away to point to the skies in tribute to Jordan Sinnott, the 25-year-old former Huddersfield Town player who tragically died at Sheffield-based Northern General Hospital last month.

Sinnott was in the year below Windass at St Mary’s school in Menston, West Yorkshire and the pair were close friends.

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Windass tweeted ‘That one was for you mate’ after Saturday’s match and tagged the ‘@JordanShirts’ campaign that has seen clubs from all levels over the world donate shirts with ‘Sinnott 25’ emblazoned in support of a charity effort by the Sinnott family.

Both Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United have donated shirts to the cause.

The Windass emotional tribute came on the same day Luke Hendrie, another St Mary’s graduate and friend of Sinnott’s who plays at Grimsby Town, dedicated his late equaliser at Bradford City to his friend’s memory.

Sinnott had been found unconscious with a suspected fractured skull in Retford in the early hours of January 25 after “two large-scale disturbances” in the town.

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He was taken to hospital in Sheffield and treated in a critical condition before he tragically succumbed to his injuries later that evening.

Nottinghamshire Police have confirmed that two 21-year-old men and a 20-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder.