WORRIED BRETT’S BIG DAY SWITCH
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