Premier League promotion winners Brett Ormerod and Gary Taylor-Fletcher have signed up to become club ambassadors this season.
The pair, who scored in the 2010 play-off final that took the Seasiders to the top-flight, will this time be back at Bloomfield Road playing important roles off-the-field, such as in the hospitality lounge on matchdays, or by attending corporate and community events.
“I was really privileged and humbled to be asked to become an ambassador,” said Ormerod, who is the only player to score in each of the top four divisions for Blackpool. “It’s something that I’m really looking forward to.
“It’s exciting times again for the club and I want to help Blackpool recapture that lost generation of fans. I’m very positive we can do that and get people loving this football club again. As you’ve seen with so many things recently, the club is going from strength to strength.”
Ex-team-mate and now fellow ambassador Gary Taylor-Fletcher officially announced his retirement from the game earlier this summer, having made 234 of his 575 career appearances in the tangerine colours.
“It was about time with my retirement, getting to 38. This role now keeps me round and about and going to games, and fits in well with my other jobs,” he said. “It will be time consuming, but it’s something I’m willing to do and wanting to do for the club.
“It’s an honour to take on this role. Blackpool was the main club throughout my career that stands out. I spent the longest time here and what we achieved, as well as the rapport we had with the fans, was unbelievable. I can’t think of anything better than to come back as an ambassador and help out with the promotional side of the club.”
The promotional work Taylor-Fletcher mentions comes at a time when so much positivity is coming out of the club, with Blackpool’s former number 12 suitably impressed with the improvements in place for the players.
“It’s been unbelievable, coming up to the ground and seeing all the improvements like the pitch and the changing rooms. The club is now geared around the players so that they can go and do the business on the pitch, and that’s great to see,” he added.