Striker Reflects On His Time In TangerineHaving spent two stints with Blackpool from 1997-2001 and 2009-2012, Brett Ormerod talks us through his time with The Seasiders.
What can you remember about your debut?
My first debut was in 1997 and I came on as a sub against Chesterfield and I think we drew 0-0. I remember coming up against Sean Dyche, now the Burnley manager, that day and he scared me.
What would you say your favourite goal for the club was?
I quite like the one I scored a few years ago against Swansea, when I curled it in with my left-foot in the top corner. That’s one of my favourite ones.
If you could re-live one game from your career in tangerine, which one would you choose?
It would have to be the play-off final against Cardiff again. The achievement, the emotion, everything about that day. I’d only re-live it knowing the result because I wouldn’t like to have all the nerves. It was an unbelievable day.
In terms of dressing room banter, what was the best prank you witnessed?
We went to St Kitts one year and Mike Newell ran across all the balconies and chucked everyone’s training kit in the pool. When we went down for breakfast in the morning he was the only one with training kit on and the other lads found theirs lying at the bottom of the pool.
Another one came when we went to Scotland for pre-season and John Hills unscrewed the peep hole on Brian Reid’s hotel door, knocked on and attached the fire hose. It was funny when he went to look through it.
On reflection, what achievement are you most proud of?
I’d have to say scoring in all four divisions for the club. You’ve obviously got to be at the club for a long time and there’s not many people that have done.
Best player you played with…
Overall, I’d have to say the one who made us tick and that was Charlie Adam. There’s also a few others I’d mention because Baps (Alex Baptiste) really progressed, David Vaughan was a great little player, you knew what you’d get from Keith Southern every game and Fletch (Gary Taylor-Fletcher) had great feet.
In my first spell you had Paul Simpson who had such a good left foot and whipped a lot of balls in for me and Murph. John Murphy was one of the most successful partners I played up front with.
We didn’t really have many bad ones. I can tell you that the best trainer we had by far was Stephen Crainey because he was on it every day. We didn’t really have anyone who was terrible every day.
I think in my second spell at the club everybody appreciated that team and every player in the team pulled their weight. It was a team effort the year we went up to the Premier League.
One of the funniest lads – only because I used to buzz off him – was Evo (Ian Evatt). Everything he did made me laugh but we had quite a few good lads to be honest.
John Hills and Phil Barnes were also funny lads.
Most likely to become a successful manager in future…
I could see someone like a Stephen Crainey or a Keith Southern because of the way they apply themselves. They’re very good pros.