Hartlepool United staff and fans honour Michael Maidens on 10th anniversary of player’s death

Hartlepool United  players and staff laid flowers at the Michael Maidens memorial bench.
Hartlepool United players and staff laid flowers at the Michael Maidens memorial bench.

Hartlepool United laid flowers at a memorial bench to remember talented player Michael Maidens on the 10th anniversary of his tragic death.

The players and coaches took time out of training yesterday to lay the tribute at a memorial bench for the popular midfielder, who was killed in a car crash aged 20.

Michael Maidens who died on October 19 in 2007

Michael Maidens who died on October 19 in 2007

Manager Craig Harrison said: “Since I arrived at the club I have been told a lot about Michael and it has all been positive.

“He was obviously a very good footballer but, even more importantly, a good young man, who was well-respected by everyone at the club, and it was a privilege to continue the traditional tribute by his memorial bench today.”

The memorial bench was placed at the Maiden Castle training ground in Durham by Michael’s former team- mates after his sad death.

He was a passenger in a vehicle which lost control and collided with a metal post on the A174 near Lazenby, in North Yorkshire, on October 19, 2007.

A club spokesman added: “It’s always a sad time of year for everyone connected with Hartlepool United as we remember Michael.

“The tributes already paid by supporters highlight just how fondly Michael is remembered even ten years on and we will always keep his memory alive.”

The club retired Michael’s number 25 shirt in his honour and every year since supporters have paid their own tribute by clapping and singing his name in the 25th minute of the game closest to the anniversary.

Fans are expected to mark the occasion again at tomorrow’s home game against Sutton United.

Hartlepool United Supporters Trust said on Twitter: “10 years ago today @Official_HUFC lost a real gem and talent. Taken far too soon. Sleep tight Michael. In our thoughts forever x”.

Blyth Spartans, who Michael played for on loan, tweeted: “Today, our thoughts are with Michael Maidens and his family”.