HISTORY-MAKER Brett Ormerod celebrated rewriting the Seasiders record books by having a couple of beers, then staring at the bedroom ceiling until 4am.
Not exactly a fitting way to mark becoming the first Blackpool player to score for the club in all four divisions, but it will do Ormerod just nicely.
The evergreen 34-year-old came off the bench to notch his long-awaited first Premier League goal for the club in last night’s sensational 3-1 win over Spurs at Bloomfield Road .
A wonderful moment for the striker and even better for the Seasiders as it killed off a dangerous Tottenham side and ensured the points.
The victory lifts Ian Holloway’s side four places to 12th and five points above the drop zone, easing the pressure which had started to build following just one win in nine since the turn of the year.
The supporters will long remember this first win over Tottenham for 45 years – and so will Ormerod.
“It was an unbelievably emotional moment when I saw the ball hit the back of the net,” said the frontman, who first arrived at Bloomfield Road in 1997 from Accrington, left for Southampton in 2001 for a club record £1.75m, then returned two years ago. Last night’s strike was his first since his play-off final winner at Wembley last May.
“But I am delighted. It is always a great feeling to score. The record makes it even better but the three points were the most important thing.
Manager Ian Holloway was almost as emotional as the man himself about last night’s historic moment.
“I just want to say well done Brett because I don’t think there is anybody I’ve ever managed who I am more proud of or could be more pleased for,” said Holloway.
“I am just imagining his dad sat in the kitchen at home, having the odd tin amd saying: ‘Why aren’t you playing him more, Mr Holloway? He’d have scored that goal before now if you had.’
“Well, I’m sorry Mr Ormerod, but your boy feels like he is mine because he is fantastic.
“He is a credit to your family and thanks very much for letting us have him.”
FOR MORE FROM BRETT AND IAN HOLLOWAY SEE WEDNESDAY’S GAZETTE.