Blackpool v Bristol City: Big Match Preview

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Blackpool v Bristol City
Coca-Cola Championship
Venue: Bloomfield Road
Date: May 2: Kick Off: 3pm


Ormerod hoping to complete a ‘Fab Four’ with Blackpool

Blackpool striker Brett Ormerod is determined to make history by becoming the first Pool player to represent the Tangerines in all four divisions.

Ormerod played for Blackpool in the bottom two tiers in his first spell at the club a decade ago and he now stands on the verge of helping Ian Holloway’s side take a step closer to the Premier League.

Sixth-placed Pool are preparing for their final game against Bristol City on Sunday and a victory against the Robins will secure a place in the play-offs.

Ormerod said: “I have played in the FA Cup final for Southampton, but if we were to do the unthinkable and go up it would top that – it would be the best achievement of my career.

“I am trying not to think about that, only about Bristol City on Sunday, because you can’t allow yourself to get carried away.

“But it would be great to finish my career having played and scored for Blackpool in all four divisions – I don’t think even Jimmy Armfield did that.

“So perhaps it would make a bit of history, but we can’t think about that. We’ve got a massive game on Sunday first. But if we get a result, who knows?

“Whatever happens, it has been a mind-boggling season. We’ve played some really good stuff. The manager has been brilliant and the players have shown their potential.

“What we have done has made a hell of a lot of people sit up and take notice of Blackpool. I have spoken to a lot of people and they have been impressed with our football this season.”

Ormerod’s father refuses to go to games because he is too nervous – preferring instead to listen to the matches on the radio at home with a beer.

Ormerod junior added: “A nuclear bomb wouldn’t get him out of his chair. He will be even more nervous than me on Sunday.

“I am superstitious and I know where I get it from. My dad is the most superstitious person I have ever met. He will probably dig out the same clothes he wore in 2001, when we won the play-offs.”

Meanwhile, former Bristol Rovers manager Holloway is expecting no favours from Bristol City. “Make no mistake, they will definitely be up for it,” he said.

“Whenever a new manager comes in (Steve Coppell), there is a reaction because the players want to impress.”

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