This marks the first of our Legend Profile pieces, and where better to start than the man who fired the Pool to the Premier League? Brett Ormerod is unique in that he was a firm fans’ favourite after his first spell, then came back and cemented his status even more in Seasiders’ folklore.
You can also listen to Brett’s chat with us in episode 19 of the 1-2 Podcast.
Blackburn-born Ormerod was released by his hometown club and worked at a cotton-mill part time to supplement his early playing career whilst at Accrington Stanley. He bagged an impressive 32 goals in 54 appearances for Stanley which caught Blackpool’s eye and we signed him for a fee of £50k on 17th March 1997.
Firing the Pool to promotion – twice
After having what he described as the ‘lowest point in [his] career’ when he suffered a broken leg in October 1999, Super Brett found scintillating form to help Pool out of the Third Division via the play-offs against Leyton Orient, scoring the fourth goal in our 4-2 win in 2001.
After an impressive start to the following season, with 20 goals in 27 games, Ormergod was increasingly drawing attention and it seemed a matter of time before we lost him. Wigan had a bid of £1m turned down before he moved to Southampton in December 2001 for £1.75m. The money would never be seen again of course!
Everything Blackpool stands for
It’s well documented where Ormerod went on to play and we don’t need to dwell on that, as the King returned in 2009 – initially on a short-term contract under Tony Parkes before extending his deal that summer with the arrival of Ian Holloway.
Brett’s incredible work ethic was a key factor in us fans’ appreciation of him, in addition to his goalscoring record of 61 goals in 215 games over his two spells. Holloway described him as “everything Blackpool stands for” which sums it up perfectly. He scored some fantastic and important goals throughout his Pool career, and none more special than the winning goal against Cardiff in the 2010 Play Off final.
His goal against Tottenham at Bloomfield Road meant he’d scored in all four divisions for the Seasiders – an impressive stat for someone that bleeds tangerine.
Take a look at the club’s official highlights package of the great man.
There are some crackers – my personal favourite is Brett’s 100th Goal vs Norwich 2009 which was his first goal since he’d returned.
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