Football fans say Michael Maidens will never be forgotten on 10th anniversary of his death

Michael Maidens
Michael Maidens

Tributes have been paid to talented Hartlepool United footballer Michael Maidens on the 10th anniversary of his tragic death today.

Michael, aged just 20, died in a car crash on October 19 in 2007. He was a passenger in a vehicle which lost control and collided with a metal post on the A174 near Lazenby in North Yorkshire.

Football clubs and fans have used social media to pay tribute to Michael today.

Hartlepool United said: "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."

Blythe Spartans who Michael played for on loan from Pools, tweeted: "Today, our thoughts are with Michael Maidens and his family on what is the tenth anniversary of his passing. #HowayBlyth #OnceASpartan."

Popular Michael, started as a trainee at Pools and made his first team debut on 21 September 2004 as a late substitute in a League Cup match at Crystal Palace.

He scored the club's goal of the season in 2005-06, with a curling shot in a 3–1 victory over Huddersfield Town.

Michael signed a professional contract at the Vic in July 2006, and made 25 appearances before he joined Conference sides York City and Blyth Spartans on loan.

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".

Pools fan Mark Carroll tweeted: "Michael Maidens, gone but never forgotten."

Fellow supporter Paul Smith also tweeted: "10 years on ...a talent taken far too soon - gone but far from forgotten #MichaelMaidens #25 #Pools."

And Charlotte Jenkins said: "10 years ago @Official_HUFC lost one of our own in Michael Maidens, a very talented young lad, such a shame. Sleep tight Maidens".

Blythe Spartan's fans, the Green Army, said: "Mad to think it's been 10 years since Michael Maidens passed away. Never forgotten."

Hartlepool United retired his number 25 shirt as a mark of respect after his tragic death.

On previous anniversaries, Pools fans have applauded and chanted "there's only one Michael Maidens" in the 25th minute of games.

It is expected supporters will do so again this Saturday when Pools host Sutton United at The Vic.

A memorial bench to Michael was placed at the club’s Durham training ground.