HARTLEPOOL United players laid a bouquet of flowers at their training ground in tribute to former Pools star Michael Maidens.
Tomorrow will mark six years since Michael was tragically killed in a road accident and as a mark of respect, the squad gathered to make a tribute at their memorial bench at the training ground.
Michael’s family will be in attendance at Victoria Park this weekend for the game with Plymouth Argyle.
Highly-rated midfielder Michael, 20, from Skelton, East Cleveland, was killed in October 2007 when the Vauxhall Corsa he was travelling in lost control on the A174 Greystone roundabout on the outskirts of Middlesbrough and smashed into a metal post.
Skipper Antony Sweeney in his column for Saturday’s Matchday Programme writes: “I can’t believe it’s been so long since that terrible tragedy.
“At this time of year our thoughts always turn to Michael, along with his friends and family who we welcome to The Vic.
“We made our own tribute to Michael at the training ground and I am sure that you, the fans, will have him in your thoughts too. Gone but never forgotten.”
Pools retired the number 25 shirt that Michael wore.
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