If you can somehow squeeze a glance through the gap between Charlie Adam’s massive talent and Ian “Ollie” Holloway’s massive ego you’ll see a rather interesting story involving one of their forwards.
Last Tuesday night Blackpool’s third goal against Tottenham Hotspur was scored by lower league journeyman Brett Ormerod, this goal completed an interesting quartet for the Blackburn-born striker as he has now scored for the Tangerines in each division of the Football League.
His first goal in the third flight (and his first goal in league football) came on Boxing Day 1997 in a one all draw against Carlisle United, Ormerod’s second half goal cancelling out Ian Stevens opener for the Cumbrians. The first goal for Blackpool against Hull City in a 3-1 win on the 12th August 2000 (after Blackpool’s relegation) became Ormerod’s first goal in the fourth flight.
It was a full nine years before Ormerod would score his first for Blackpool in the second flight (after he re-signed for the club after spells at Southampton, Leeds, Preston, Wigan, Oldham and Forest) scoring the equalising goal in a 2-1 victory over eventual champions Newcastle United – whose consolation goal was scored by Andy Carroll. And so we find ourselves back where we started this blogpost, at Bloomfield Road, against Tottenham Hotspur, where Ormerod scored his first (and currently only) top flight goal for Blackpool.
Interestingly many news outlets (including the Daily Mirror and The People) stated that Ormerod had thus become the first ever player to achieve such a feat. Yet it appears from a relatively short search online that Northampton Town’s Barry Lines (in the 60s) and Wimbledon’s Alan Cork (in the 80s) managed it for their respective clubs. There are other contenders who spring to mind but I don’t believe that John Toshack (Swansea) or Ian Ashbee/Dean Windass (Hull City) scored in every division during their respective rises through the divisions, though I am willing to be proved wrong and would gratefully accept any suggestions as to who else could have managed this.
Despite not being unique, Ormerod’s achievement should still be recognised. It’s also interesting to note that he has also scored in the FA Cup, League Cup and the Full Members Trophy for Blackpool – there can be few players active that have managed this during their career. Another interesting factoid about Ormerod is that because Blackpool’s rise has coincided with the Wigan Athletic’s, during his career Ormerod has managed to face the Latics in the third flight, FA Cup, League Cup, Full Members Trophy and the top flight, all for Blackpool. He even turned out for Wigan Athletic for a spell in the second division! Though unfortunately not against Blackpool.
I must admit I find this sort of record very pleasing. I think it’s because it’s a record that is almost certain never to be achieved by a Manchester United or Chelsea player. Currently I can only find evidence of players from Northampton Town (Barry Lines 60s), Wimbledon (Alan Cork 80s) and Blackpool (Brett Ormerod 00s), it will be interesting to see who manages such a feat next..