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Walsall, Wolves, Villa and Albion donate shirts for Jordan Sinnott as suspects charged with manslaughter

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Wolves, Villa, Walsall and Albion have all donated shirts in memory of Jordan Sinnott - as two men were charged with his manslaughter.

Conor Coady, right, poses with the shirt with Danny Fishwick

The non-league footballer and son of former Walsall player Lee Sinnott died in hospital on Saturday after suffering a suspected fractured skull in an alleged late-night assault in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

In the aftermath of the 25-year-old's death, football players and clubs across the world have joined a campaign for shirt donations in his memory.

Walsall FC sent a shirt in tribute on Tuesday, as did Aston Villa ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final, while Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard both posted photos of themselves with a dedicated jersey.

And now Wolves captain Conor Coady and West Brom striker Charlie Austin have added their support to the campaign.

Wolves posted a photo showing Coady and Danny Fishwick, the club's first team sports rehabilitator, holding the number 25 shirt. Both had previously worked with Mr Sinnott, the club said, adding that "the thoughts of everybody at Wolves are with Jordan's friends and family".

All the shirts, which also include ones from Club Brugge in Belgium and Melbourne City in Australia, are to be donated to Sports Relief.

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Sinnott played for Matlock Town and was the son of former professional footballer Lee Sinnott, who was born in Aldridge and played 40 times for Saddlers in the 1980s. The 54-year-old also played for Rushall Olympic.

Lee went on to play for Crystal Palace, Watford, Bradford City and Huddersfield Town and managed Port Vale and a number of non-league clubs.

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Cameron Matthews, 21, of Denman Close, and Kai Denovan, 22, of Collins Walk, both Retford, have been charged with manslaughter, affray and common assault.

A third man, 21-year-old Sean Nicholson, of Beechways, Retford, was charged with affray.

All three men appeared at Mansfield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Jordan Sinnott died on Saturday evening in hospital after he was assaulted

Matthews, wearing a grey sweatshirt, and Nicholson, wearing a blue tracksuit top, were both tearful in the dock as they spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and dates of birth.

Denovan, wearing a grey sweatshirt and grey jogging bottoms, showed no emotion as he stepped into the dock around 30 minutes after his co-accused.

Officers were called to help ambulance crews who were attempting to treat Mr Sinnott, after he was found unconscious in the Market Place, Retford, at around 2am.

Lee Sinnott played for Walsall and went on to manage a number of clubs

Despite the best efforts of medics, he died in hospital on Saturday evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge, who is leading the investigation, said: "I would like to thank the public again for their response to our appeals, and I continue to encourage anyone who saw anything on Saturday night to come forward.

"Even the smallest detail could be vital to our investigation, so please speak to us if you know something about what happened."

Anyone with information or video footage of the incident is urged to call police on 101, contact officers online, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mr Sinnott's brother, Tom, paying tribute to his younger sibling, said: "There's not enough words to describe him.

"Out of everyone he was the best person I'd ever known."

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