Pools fans pay tribute to young Hartlepool star killed in car crash

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FOOTBALL fans will pay tribute to a young star who was tragically killed in a car smash to mark the seventh anniversary of his death.

Young midfielder Michael Maidens was just 20 when he was killed after the car he was travelling in was involved in an accident on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.

His death left the club devastated, and his number 25 shirt was retired in his honour.

Pools were due to play an away game at Swansea City the day after Michael’s death, but the match was called off after club bosses broke the news to the players on the morning of the game.

Tomorrow will mark the seventh anniversary of Michael’s death, and Pools players marked the occasion by laying flowers on the Michael Maidens memorial bench at the club’s training ground, on Friday morning.

Caretaker boss Sam Collins said: “Even though I wasn’t at the club at the time I still remember it, and I know it was a really sad time for everyone concerned.

“It’s important that we never forget days like this, and we pay our respects.

“We’ve done it every year since I’ve been here.”

Pools fans are due to show their respects with applause in the 25th minute of tomorrow afternoon’s clash with Luton.