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Bamber Bridge bring in ex-Preston, Southampton, Blackpool, Wrexham player as coach

Bamber Bridge bring in ex-Preston, Southampton, Blackpool, Wrexham player Brett Ormerod as a part-time coach.

He joined the Northern Premier League Premier Division side on Thursday after he was offered a role as part of new manager Jamie Milligan’s backroom staff.

On how the offer came about, Ormerod said: “Milly got the job and he and John Hills asked me to come and help out and take a few training sessions every now and again.

“I’ve known them both a long time and they’re both great lads.

“I played with them both as players, John with two spells at Blackpool, and Jamie obviously at Brig as well as Blackpool.”

Ormerod ended his playing career at Bamber Bridge, after then-Brig captain Paul McKenna managed to persuade him to join.

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The 43-year-old continued: “I’m looking forward to going back – there’s a few familiar faces there, Boothy and Lawls are still there, and there’s Ali as well.

“I was delighted to be asked and it is one of those things – hopefully I can try and help play a small part in bringing a bit more success to Brig.

“They’ve got a great management team so if I can come in and help in a small way I’d be delighted.

“Bamber Bridge is a great club and I enjoyed my time there (as a player), they’ve got a great set of lads and the supporters were always fantastic, so I’m looking forward to going down and bumping into a few old faces.”

“They want to play a certain way with good attacking football, pretty much the way that me and John wanted to play at Fylde.

“If I can come in and help in any way I will do, and I’ll just take it as it goes.

“I’m working with just the squad as a whole and I think I’m doing a bit with the forwards as well, but it will be a bit of everything.”

On Milligan’s first game in charge, which saw them win 1-0 against Whitby last weekend: “I believe it was a tough game in difficult conditions, but it’s always great to get off to a winning start.

“It’s a shame that the game (against Ramsbottom on Tuesday) was cancelled, but I will try to get down to the games to watch if I’m free.

“I’ll be coming down to as many games as possible, so I’m looking forward to that.”

The former football also made appearances for Accrington Stanley, Leeds United, Wigan Athletic, Nottingham Forest (loan), Oldham Athletic (loan), Rochdale (loan) and Padiham. Across 564 matches he played in his career, he managed to put the ball in the back of the net 148 times.


The news came on the same day as the also signed up former Salford City, AFC Fylde and Fleetwood player Richie Allen.


After finding out that Bamber Bridge bring in ex-Preston, Southampton, Blackpool, Wrexham player Brett Ormerod as coach, fans and ex player David Dunn took to wish him luck – see those tweets on the next page.


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