Martin Aldridge
Born: 1974-06-12

The 'other' Aldo began his career at Northampton, the town of his birth, where he'd made 50 league appearances before joining United on a free transfer in December 1995. Martin James Aldridge proved an immensely popular, if occasionally frustrating, striker, scoring many valuable goals in the 95/96 promotion season, specialising in spectacular last-minute efforts. Unfortunately, manager Denis Smith didn't rate Aldo too highly, and he spent far too much time on the bench. Once he was famously dropped after scoring a hat-trick against Sheffield United, each goal followed by his trademark somersault.


After a three-month loan spell at Southend, Blackpool signed Martin on a free transfer in August 1998. He had a brief loan spell at Port Vale in October 1999, where he made just three substitute appearances, before his fateful loan to Rushden & Diamonds. He had played just one game for the Northamptonshire outfit when he was killed in a car crash driving away from a training session. His untimely death shocked United supporters, who were united in their grief with Northampton and Blackpool fans.

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 Goals in all competitions (incl. as sub)
Highest Hat tricks Braces Total for all
3 1 2 22
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 First and last full appearances
Competition First Final Number
FA Cup 1996-01-16 1997-01-21 2
League 1996-01-13 1997-12-28 46
League Cup 1996-08-20 1997-10-14 8
1996-01-13

Brentford
1997-12-28

Sunderland
56
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 First and last substitute appearances
Competition First Final Number
FA Cup 1996-01-06 1996-02-13 2
League 1995-12-26 1998-02-07 26
League Cup 1996-09-03 1997-09-23 4
1995-12-26

AFC Bournemouth
1998-02-07

Sheffield United
32
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 Averages
Average goals per game started 30.36%
... including substitute appearances 25%