The name Brett Ormerod is familiar to all followers of Accrington Stanley due to the phenomenal success he has achieved and the financial rewards that Stanley have benefited from since he left the club. Brett signed for the reds after being released by Blackburn Rovers, when he had failed to reach the first team. During his relatively short stay at the Crown Ground, he proceeded to score 32 goals in 40 games plus 14 as sub.  He did enough to catch the attention of Gary Megson, the then Blackpool manager who paid an initial fee of £50,000 in 1997, which was then a record fee for Stanley.  Although he suffered a serious injury early into his stay at Bloomfield Road, he again showed the strength of character to bounce back and play 151 games in the tangerine shirt, scoring 62 goals.

His next move was eagerly anticipated by everyone connected with Stanley, as the club had been shrewd enough to place a sell-on clause in the 1997 deal.  When Southampton came in and made an offer for Ormerod in 2001, the Stanley chairman Eric Whalley and his Blackpool counterpart Carl Oysten negotiated a figure believed to be in the region of £200,000 plus additional benefits to Accrington.  Brett again suffered injury at this new club on the south coast, before finding his feet in the premiership and making everyone at Accrington Stanley immensely proud of his achievements.

Brett’s fortunes at Southampton were mixed, and was in and out of the first team under different managers, although one highlight was an appearance in the FA cup final against Arsenal.

Brett eventually returned to Lancashire in January 2006, when he moved to Preston North End and then had loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Oldham Athletic before making an emotional return to Blackpool.

Brett scored in the Play off final at Cardiff to help Blackpool into the Premier League and became the first Blackpool player to play and score in all four divisions.

Following a brief loan move to Rochdale in 2012, Brett played for Wrexham for two years before rounding off a fantastic career in local non-league at Padiham and Bamber Bridge.


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