Class act from Blackpool’s 2010 heroes

Blackpool's Wembley goalscorers from 2010, Brett Ormerod, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Charlie Adam,  joined the full squad on Saturday night.
Blackpool's Wembley goalscorers from 2010, Brett Ormerod, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Charlie Adam, joined the full squad on Saturday night.
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Blackpool’s class of 2010 were back in town on Saturday night to raise money for stricken coach Gary Parkinson.

Almost all of Ian Holloway’s promotion winning side rolled back the years at the Hilton Hotel for Blackpool Supporters Trust’s Gala Dinner.

The likes of Charlie Adam, Brett Ormerod, David Vaughan, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Ian Evatt and Keith Southern joined more than 400 supporters as BST aimed to raise money for former coach Parkinson.

After a speech by Steve Thompson giving an update on Parkinson, who was struck down with Locked in Syndrome in 2010, an auction in the room raised almost £4,500 towards their £10,000 target.

And in an incredible gesture, skipper Adam took to the stage to announce the players in the room would make up the missing £5,500.

Adam said: “Parky is someone who we all think about all the time. Saturday night was brilliant to raise money for Parky and to show he’s still in our thoughts.

“When we heard there was more money needed, we instantly agreed to chip in the rest. It was a great to see all the lads and the fans again, a brilliant night.”

The evening featured a video message from Club President Valeri Belokon as well as legend Jimmy Armfield being in attendance.

Ormerod, who scored the winning goal at Wembley, said: “It was a fantastic night.

“The promotion in 2010 will live long in the memory, you don’t really appreciated what we achieved at the time.

“But when you attend events like Saturday you realise just how special it was and what it meant to people.

“It was a very special evening and we are all very proud of what we all achieved, including the fans.”

Steve Thompson, who served as assistant manager for Blackpool for eight years, added: “I speak to Gary Parkinson almost every week and I can’t tell you how much that event would mean to him.

“On behalf of Parky and his family I can’t thank everyone enough. The response of Blackpool’s fans and players on Saturday night said it all for me, it was sheer class.”