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Last Updated: Monday, 29 October 2007, 12:02 GMT
Pools retire Maidens' number 25
Michael Maidens
Pools paid tribute to Maidens at Saturday's game with Brighton
Hartlepool are to retire their number 25 shirt following the death of young midfielder Michael Maidens in a road traffic accident.

All the Pools players wore his surname on the back of their shirts for Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Brighton.

However, the club has now confirmed plans to retire his shirt number.

The only other English clubs to retire numbers for deceased players are Manchester City (23 for Marc-Vivien Foe) and QPR (31 for Ray Jones).

"The minute's silence on Saturday was immaculately observed," chief executive Russ Green told Pools' website.

"It was an incredibly moving tribute to a very special young man.

"Football fans get a lot of bad press, but the way people have rallied round in the wake of this tragedy has been very touching."

SEE ALSO
Hartlepool 1-2 Brighton
27 Oct 07 |  League One
Players planning Maidens tribute
23 Oct 07 |  Hartlepool United
Hartlepool player dies in crash
20 Oct 07 |  League One


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