Before Newcastle’s game yesterday there was an emotional occasion at St James’ Park as we had one minutes applause in honor of our 15-year-old academy player Jordan Thompson.
Jordan recently lost his battle with cancer and both his parents David and Andrea, and his young team-mates, joined the first team on the pitch for the short ceremony that was a dignified and fitting response to losing one of our own.
Sam and Chris with Jordan’s parents David and Andrea
Jordan was from West Denton and as we mentioned last week was part of the club’s Under-16 squad and had been with his hometown club since he was 11 years old. As a sign of respect, Newcastle United’s players wore black armbands on Sunday and celebrated Jordan’s life with the short ceremony before the kick-off against the Hammers.
The applause was impeccably observed by the 50,000 fans at St. James’ Park as Jordan’s mum Andrea and dad David stood next to manager Sam Allardyce and chairman Chris Mort on the touchline. Both parents were wearing the Newcastle United strip.
It was a class act by the club to honor one of their own brave lads, and this will not go unnoticed by the fans. Our club is quickly gaining the dignity and respect of a club very well run by chairman Mort and manager Sam Allardyce, who looked grief stricken during the ceremony.
Chairman Chris Mort had said earlier in the week:
“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.”
We have heard lots of great things about young Jordan both as a player and as a person â€“ and he will be missed greatly at the club.