Michael Maidens

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Michael Maidens
Personal information
Full name Michael Douglas Maidens[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-07)7 May 1987[1]
Place of birth Middlesbrough, England
Date of death 19 October 2007(2007-10-19) (aged 20)
Place of death Lazenby, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
000?–2004 Hartlepool United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Hartlepool United 25 (1)
2007 York City (loan) 3 (0)
2007 Blyth Spartans (loan) 7 (1)
Total 35 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Douglas Maidens (7 May 1987 – 19 October 2007) was an English footballer who played as a midfielder. He started his career with Hartlepool United in 2004, making his debut in the League Cup against Crystal Palace in September 2004.

He joined York City on a one-month loan in January 2007 and made three appearances in the Conference National. He joined Blyth Spartans on loan during the 2007–08 season and made seven appearances and scored one goal for them in Conference North.

Career[edit]

Born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire,[1] Maidens started his career as a trainee with Hartlepool United and in 2001 was placed on standby for The Football Association's "Under-15 Schoolboy Development Course",[2] before being given a full call-up.[3] His first team debut came on 21 September 2004 when he was a late substitute for Gavin Strachan in the 2–1 League Cup defeat away to Crystal Palace. A month later, on 30 October 2004, he made his league debut in the 1–0 home win against Port Vale. He scored Hartlepool's goal of the season in the 2005–06 season, a curling effort in a 3–1 victory over Huddersfield Town in March 2006.[4] He signed a professional contract with Hartlepool on 4 July 2006.[1]

Maidens joined Conference National side York City on a one-month loan on 19 January 2007.[5] He made three appearances for the club.[6]

He joined Blyth Spartans on loan in time for the start of the 2007–08 season and scored on his Conference North debut, a 2–0 win at home to Alfreton Town.[7] He made seven appearances and scored one goal for the club.[8]

Death[edit]

On 20 October 2007, Hartlepool United announced that Maidens had died in a road traffic accident. He was a passenger in a vehicle which lost control and collided with a metal post near a roundabout on the A174 at 20.25 hours on 19 October, police reported. Both their youth team game and their league game against Swansea City were postponed as a mark of respect. The postponement was fully backed by Swansea City and the Football League.[9]

Swansea City and Hartlepool players paid tribute to Maidens on 21 October 2007. Hartlepool retired Maidens' number 25 shirt.[10] Hartlepool United later named their Goal of the Season Award 'The Michael Maidens Goal of the Season Award'[11] in honour of Maidens scoring Hartlepool's Goal of the Season in 2006.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hartlepool United 2004–05[12] League One 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06[13] League One 20 1 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 22 1
2006–07[14] League Two 4 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 7 0
2007–08[15] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 25 1 2 0 1 0 3 0 31 1
York City (loan) 2006–07[6] Conference National 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Blyth Spartans (loan) 2007–08[8] Conference North 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
Career total 35 2 2 0 1 0 3 0 41 2
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Mainstream Publishing. p. 270. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3. 
  2. ^ "Pools youngsters standing by". Hartlepool United F.C. 11 October 2001. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "England call-up for under-15's". Hartlepool United F.C. 17 October 2001. 
  4. ^ Flett, Dave (20 January 2007). "McEwan snap up Pool's winger". The Press (York). Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hartlepool midfielder joins York". BBC Sport. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Batters, Dave (2008). York City: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. pp. 409–421. ISBN 978-1-85983-633-0. 
  7. ^ "Spartans open league campaign with win – slideshow". News Post Leader (Whitley Bay). 15 August 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2008). Non-League Club Directory 2009. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 188–189. ISBN 978-1-869833-59-6. 
  9. ^ "Hartlepool player dies in crash". BBC Sport. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Pools retire Maidens' number 25". BBC Sport. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Humphreys is Pools' Player of the Century". Northern Echo (Darlington). 6 May 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Michael Maidens season details 2004/2005". Grimsby Town Mad. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Michael Maidens in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Michael Maidens in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Games played by Michael Maidens in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 

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