Martin Aldridge

Martin Aldridge

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Martin Aldridge

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Martin James Aldridge (6 December 1974 – 30 January 2000) was an English professional footballer.

Playing career

Northampton-born Aldridge joined Coventry City as a schoolboy, but was released in 1990. As a sixteen year old, he then played for Ford Sports Daventry (UCL first division), and joined Braunston Rangers on a Sunday to play with his brother Pete. He scored two goals in a 3-2 win over Kettering Cordwainer to win the county cup. He also helped Braunston win the league and league cup that year.

Aldridge began his professional career as a trainee with his local side, Northampton Town, joining them from Brainston on leaving school in the summer of 1991 and turning professional in August 1993. On 15 October 1994, he scored the first-ever competitive goal at Northampton's new Sixfields Stadium (against Barnet). He moved to Dagenham & Redbridge on loan in December 1995 and later that month moved to Oxford United on a free transfer.

In February 1998, Aldridge joined Southend United on loan, playing eleven times, before returning to Oxford, who released him at the end of the season. In August 1998 he joined Blackpool, and was the club's top scorer in 1998–99. In September 1999 he joined Port Vale on loan, and in January 2000 he joined Rushden & Diamonds, also on loan.

Death

On 30 January 2000, Aldridge died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash after leaving Rushden's 6-0 Conference win against Northwich Victoria for which he...
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