Doncaster football clubs to pay tribute to Jordan Banks, Blackpool boy killed by lightning strike

Football clubs across Doncaster will pay their respects to a young footballer killed after being struck by lightning.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 9:50 am
Jordan Banks died after being struck by lightning. (Photo: Family handout).

Nine-year-old Jordan Banks died after being hit as he took part in a football training session in Blackpool on Tuesday night.

And this weekend, clubs from Doncaster and District Junior Sunday Football League will remember the youngster who played for Clifton Rangers.

A spokesman for DDJSFL said: “Our deepest sympathies to family, friends and all at Clifton Rangers Bees Under 9 on the tragic loss of Jordan Banks.

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“All Doncaster junior football teams will pay their respects at this weekend’s games.”

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by lightning at about 17:00 BST but died a short time later, Lancashire Police said.

A statement from his family said "our worlds stopped" when "we lost our beautiful boy".

Jordan had an "infectious smile" and was "wise beyond his years", it added.

His family described him as "caring, considerate, generous and so loving", adding "yesterday (Tuesda) our worlds stopped".

The statement added: "We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan.

"His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything."

Flowers, footballs, football shirts and messages of condolence have been left at the playing field on Common Edge Road.

Craig England and Jane Murphy, co-head teachers at Stanley Primary School, where Jordan went to school, said everyone was "completely numb" and they were "beyond devastated that we won't see [Jordan's] cheerful face again".

Two crowdfunding pages have been set up in his memory, raising more than £46,000.