A Coatbridge football club paid tribute to the nine-year-old boy who tragically died after being struck by lightning in Blackpool and joined by some of the youth’s relatives.

Dunbeth FC players and coaches of various ages applauded Jordan Banks a minute before their Wednesday and Thursday games and training sessions.

Jordan, who played for the Clifton Rangers U9 side, passed away Tuesday after being struck by lightning during a coaching session near his Lancashire home.

Jordan Banks died after being struck by lightning

His stepfather is the cousin of Coatbridge woman Julie Morrison, whose own young son plays for Dunbeth and who was among the many who took part in the tribute, which is repeated at Games throughout the weekend.

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Julie, the founder of the local charity Baby Loss Retreat, said, “It was really beautiful and so touching; Jordan loved soccer and it was like a family coming together. “

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Dunbeth FC wrote on their Facebook page: “We applauded for a minute to support the family, friends and soccer teammates and coaches of Clifton Rangers FC after the tragic death of Jordan.

“The Dunbeth family were grateful to be supported by a Jordanian family who have a child in our club, and we also thank Gartcairn FC for joining us to support the family.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with those touched by this tragedy. The applause of the minute is repeated at the start of our weekend games.

“If we can do something as an association, then we are here – we know only too well what effects this will have on the entire community. Our prayers are with you to your parents, and we as an association extend our condolences to you. “

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The club has also sent flowers to Jordan’s family and joined the social media trend of putting nine soccer balls online to remember the boy.

Julie’s charity shared a link to a fundraising page that has so far raised more than £ 76,000 for Jordan’s family. The boy himself had raised thousands by running 30 miles for 10 days in memory of his late uncle.

Baby Loss Retreat added on social media, “Jordan loved fundraising and raised £ 3,000 for mental health awareness after losing his uncle” and praised the “loving, kind and thoughtful little boy.”

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