The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Joshua Richards

BLACK­POOL leg­end Brett Ormerod has de­cided not to hold his tes­ti­mo­nial at Bloom­field Road, claim­ing the sta­dium is ‘too toxic’.

The striker, 39, was of­fered the sta­dium free of charge by chair­man Karl Oys­ton but has cho­sen to hold his game at AFC Fylde’s new £18m Mill Farm ground.

Ormerod scored more than 70 goals for the Seasiders in two spells and is much loved by the fans, but he doesn’t want his cel­e­bra­tion match dragged into the neg­a­tiv­ity that cur­rently sur­rounds the club.

He said: “It breaks my heart the game isn’t at Bloom­field Road, but it’s just too toxic there at the mo­ment.

“With fans banned from Bloom­field Road and oth­ers re­fus­ing to step foot in­side, I couldn’t have held it there.

“It would have stirred up a hor­nets’ nest and I’d have been dragged into it. I didn’t want peo­ple say­ing I was sid­ing with the Oys­tons. This isn’t a political state­ment. I don’t want the pol­i­tics any­where near the day.”

CON­CERNS: Brett Ormerod

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