Former Padiham Football Club goal keeper Chris Ormerod carried on a family tradition when he signed and played for the Storks in the 1970s and 1980s, following in in the foot steps of his father and grandfather who had also played many years ago.
Chris has never forgotten the good times he had at the club and the many friends he made during his playing time at Padiham, and recently decided he wanted to give something back to the club that has so many links to his family by raising some money for Padiham FC.
He had one request, and that was could he make one more appearance in goals at the ground he loved?
Not a difficult ask you might think, but 55 year old Chris has Churggstrauss Syndrome, which is an autoimmune disease that affects the body’s defence mechanism, which was diagnosed in 2006 and has progressively worsened resulting in the loss of both his legs and soon possibly his right arm.
But Chris is determined to overcome his health problems and help his former club out one more time, and on Saturday, December 5th, he has volunteered to take part in an half-time sponsored penalty shoot out against his former team mates, and host an evening of entertainment at Padiham FC’s club house after the club’s home fixture against AFC Liverpool in the North West Counties Football League.
The penalty shoot out will see Chris wear some extra large gloves, his team mates will use an extra soft ball, and the goals will be slightly smaller than usual.
What Chris now wants, however, is as many people as possible to turn up to watch the game and sponsor his last goalkeeping appearance, make out a donation to Padiham Football Club, and come to the night function, where he would like to meet up with family, former team mates and friends and have a cracking night out.
With the monies raised, he also hopes to make a donation to Pendle Side Hospice and the Doctor Niven research fund to thank them for all the help the two organisations have given him.
Padiham have designated their fixture as the Chris Ormerod Game, and are encouraging anyone who has met Chris to come and support him and enjoy a few drinks after the game.
For further information on this event, please contact club secretary Alan Smith on 07775717698.