Blackburn born Brett Ormerod was a superb servant to Blackpool over two separate spells that he had with the club over the years.
The centre forward began his professional career with the Seasiders after they chose to pay Accrington Stanley a cool £50,000 to sign the striker from the then non league club after he hit an impressive 32 goals in 54 league appearances for the Lancashire outfit.
It was during that initial spell with the Bloomfield Road club that he would go on to make his name, with his record of 62 goals in 150 appearances making him a firm terrace favourite amongst the club’s loyal supporters.
Indeed it was during this time that he helped the club to get promoted back to League One as he scored the fourth goal in what was a 4-2 mauling of Leyton Orient at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
And it was off the back of these performances that Ormerod saw his tock rise and interest swell in his services, with Premier League side Southampton eventually parting with a fee of £1.75 million to bring him to the South Coast in December 2001.
He then went on to enjoy a successful spell with the Saints, scoring 19 goals in 116 games, helping the team to an FA Cup final against Arsenal along the way, whilst he also spent some time out on loan with the likes of Leeds United and Wigan Athletic in order to keep his game time to an acceptable level.
In January 2006 Ormerod took the controversial decision to join Blackpool’s arch rivals Preston North End on a free transfer, thus making a return to Lancashire.
Various injuries and other setbacks limited him to just 68 appearances for North End, with the striker notching up 14 goals either side of spending short periods out on loan with Nottingham Forest and Oldham Athletic.
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Then in January 2009, Ormerod made his sensational return to Blackpool on a free transfer after terminating his Preston contract by mutual consent.
He would go on to make yet another lasting impact for the Seasiders, becoming their first player to have played in all four of English football’s top divisions as he netted the winner in their Championship play-off final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.
In February 2011 he then topped that feat by becoming the first player to score for the club in all four divisions thanks to his goal in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur.
A loan spell at Rochdale with his teammate Daniel Bogdanović then followed before he saw out his Blackpool career once and for all in the Championship.
Ormerod then took the decision to drop further down the pyramid during the summer of 2012 as he signed a two year deal with Wrexham in the Conference.
It was with the Welsh outfit that he notched up 13 goals in 79 games on his way to adding the FA Trophy to his collection of medals as the Red Dragons won the competition in 2013.
The striker then saw out his career in the lower depths of non league with Padiham FC and Bamber Bridge as his enthusiasm for the game failed to dwindle despite his ageing legs.
Since hanging up his boots, Ormerod has moved into coaching, taking in spells as caretaker manager of AFC Fylde and as a part of the first team staff upon his return to Bamber Bridge.