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Monday, 31 January, 2000, 10:50 GMT
Footballer dies in car crash

Martin Aldridge: Died in hospital


The Blackpool footballer Martin Aldridge has been killed in a car crash following a match.

Aldridge, 25, who was on loan to non-league Rushden and Diamonds, was involved in an accident in near the club's Northamptonshire ground on Saturday evening.

The Peugeot saloon in which he was travelling collided with a BMW on the A45 near Wellingborough.

He was taken to Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford but he died on Sunday morning.

Northamptonshire-born Aldridge had been a substitute in Rushden's 6-0 victory over Northwich Victoria on Saturday, but did not take the field.

The club's secretary Dave Joyce said players and fans were in mourning.

"Everybody is devastated here, regardless of whether he was our player or not." he said.

Aldridge joined Blackpool from Oxford United at the start of last season on a free transfer.

The striker had been plagued by a long term back injury that kept him out of the squad for most of that season.

He then had a disagreement with the then manager Nigel Worthington which led to him leaving the club on loan.

Aldridge spent an unsuccessful loan period at Port Vale at the start of this season, before being take on loan at the Conference side.

He had recently been in contact with the new Blackpool manager, Steve McMahon, about a possible return to Bloomfield Road.

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