Sunderland teammates of Richie Jordan plan get together to remember much-loved player
The teammates of Richie Jordan will hold a minute’s silence before Sunday’s match to remember their friend whose life was lost in an A19 crash.
The 33-year-old was part of the Grangetown Florists side preparing for the first game of the season in the Sunderland Sunday League this weekend.
He was travelling as a passenger when a white Mercedes C-Class and a black Vauxhall Corsa crashed near the A690 Durham Road junction and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His family are being supported by specialist officers as police inquiries continue into the crash.
While rival teams Ryhope CW and Sunderland RCA have paid tribute to Richie and plan their own way of honouring him, his fellow Grangetown Florist players have said they plan hold their own.
The side will hold a minute’s silence before the game against the Queen Vic at 10.30am at Sunderland LGV Park, formerly known as Meadow Park, in Beechbrooke, Ryhope.
They have then invited all his friends and part teammates to a gathering at the Hendon Grange from 1pm, where they will also hold a collection to help Richie’s loved ones.
They have released a team photo, taken at the game against Wearmouth, which shows Richie fourth from the left in the back row.
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Scott, who lives in Ryhope, said: “After the match on Thursday, we’d had a few pints in the Alex pub and that was the last time we saw him and expected to see him down for the match on Sunday.
“We’re still in total shock and absolutely gutted to have lost such a top quality lad.” Richie, who had previously played for teams including Ryhope CW and Sunderland RCA, was expected to play a key part in this season’s campaign for Grangetown Florists.
Scott added: ““He was a workhorse, a player who loved a tackle and worked hard to get up and down the pitch. He was also very creative, he was just an all round great player.
“He was just a genuine person, happy go lucky lad off the pitch, always smiling.
“He was up for a laugh, but he was really serious and very different on the pitch.
“He was going to play a massive part in the season and we were all really looking forward to playing with him.
“You just knew you always had a chance when he was playing on your team.”