A talented young Accrington Stanley footballer who was destined for a glittering professional career died as a result of a tragic accident at home.
Jordan Moseley, 15, died suddenly at his home in Middleton in October 2017.
The talented left winger was snapped up by Accrington Stanley when he was just 13 years old and was part of the under-16 academy when he died.
An inquest into his death at Rochdale Coroner’s court on Wednesday heard on the night he died, Jordan had stayed at the family home while his mum and dad, Gary and Tracey, attended parents’ evening at Rishworth School, in Sowerby Bridge, where he was a pupil.
When they returned home after just a few hours, dad Gary found Jordan hanged in his bedroom.
Despite desperate attempts by his parents to revive him, he was tragically declared dead at the scene.
Recording a conclusion of accidental death, coroner Joanne Kearsley said: “All the information the court has heard shows a young man, an extremely talented footballer, a popular young boy who had his whole life ahead of him.
“There’s absolutely no evidence that this was a young man who was having difficulties or feeling depressed.
“There’s no evidence that his actions were intentional.
“This was a young man who was experimenting and tragically this led to his death.”
Initial fears that Jordan might have live streamed what happened to social media, after his phone was discovered nearby, were proved to be unfounded after police examined the device.
After speaking extensively to Jordan’s family, friends, teachers and doctors, DI Joanne Reid of Rochdale CID established that Jordan was not depressed and had never expressed any suicidal thoughts.
Instead, she deduced that had been experimenting with ligatures, which caused him to stop breathing after he fell unconscious.
DI Reid said: “Staff at the school said he was a very happy boy who had everything to live for.
“He had a successful football career ahead of him. He came across as a bit of a joker, he was a bit impulsive and could be a class clown, but he was one of the most popular kids in school.”
The inquest also heard statements from Accrington Stanley's club doctor and Jordan's own GP, who confirmed that he had never had shown any signs or symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts.
In a statement, staff at Jordan's school said he was a very popular student, who had been making good progress and was in a 'jovial' mood on the day he died.
After he died, glowing tributes flooded in for Jordan, who was tipped for a career as a top professional.
Accrington Stanley and coaches from his former clubs Chadderton Park, Heyside and Oldham AFC were among those to praise the dedicated youngster, who was expected to go far.
Speaking shortly after Jordan's death, dad Gary said he was 'the best son you could ever have had'.
He said: "We spent every minute of every day together. I never missed any of his training sessions.
"He used to say to me ‘you don’t have to be here dad’ but I always was, in the rain, and cold. It didn’t matter. I’m lost without him.”
The pair were season ticket holders at Manchester City, and Jordan had been coached by City legend Willie Donachie at Accrington before he passed away.
He was laid to rest in November wearing a replica of his full red Accrington Stanley kit and a Manchester City scarf.
Wayne Hurst, who managed Jordan when he played for Chadderton Park, said: "He knew from an early age he wanted to make it as a footballer, and his dad always wanted him to make it.
"It was clear he was something special on the pitch, and his desire is what got him noticed by others.
"He was a very hard worker. No one worked harder in training. He wanted to be the best. From the first couple of training sessions I knew he would get picked up by a professional club.
“He liked a laugh, but not on the pitch - when he was playing he was focused on he game.”
Mark Jones, who managed Jordan for Heyside Hawks, said: “He was a great lad. He was always happy and smiling. It was his dedication that struck me.
"He was destined to be a professional footballer. He ghosted past people, the ball stuck to him. Then he added scoring to his game and was getting 20 to 30 goals a season.”
Mark Jackson, who was Jordan’s manager at AFC Oldham, who he also played for as a under 12s and under 13s player said: “He was a brilliant lad, with very supportive parents. He was the fittest lad in the team.”
Conclusion: accidental death.