Two men have been remanded into custody after appearing in court charged with the manslaughter of Jordon Sinnott.
The Matlock Town FC midfielder Jordan Sinnott died in hospital on Saturday after suffering a suspected fractured skull in an alleged assault in the centre of Retford at about 2am.
Cameron Matthews, 21, of Denman Close, and Kai Denovan, 22, of Collins Walk, both Retford, were also charged with 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.
Officers were called to help ambulance crews who were attempting to treat 25-year-old Mr Sinnott, after he was found unconscious in the town's Market Place.
Despite the best efforts of medics, he died in hospital on Saturday evening.
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.
There's not enough words to describe him.
Meanwhile, an appeal for clubs around the country to send shirts bearing Mr Sinnott's name, for display at his funeral, had "snowballed", he added.
Premier League, Scottish and non-league clubs are all planning to send shirts, which are to be donated to Sports Relief.
Matthews, Denovan and Nicholson were remanded into custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on February 26.