PONTEFRACT Collieries manager Brendon Ormsby (pictured) has been inducted into football’s Hall of Fame, together with team-mates from the Aston Villa squad that won the European Cup in 1982.
The induction ceremony was held at Villa Park and attended by over a thousand fans.
Although the Colls’ gaffer missed the final against Bayern Munich due to injury, he played three games in the competition before injury denied him the chance to play in Rotterdam.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is reserved for those legends whose achievements have been truly great. There are less than 100 players inducted and Villa’s 1982 team became only the seventh team inducted – joining the likes of the England World Cup Winners from 1966 and the Manchester United 1968 European Cup winners.
Members of the 1982 European Cup-winning squad gathered at the Holte Suite at Villa Park for a ceremony conducted by Ron Saunders, who led Villa to the title in 1981 before controversially resigning half-way through the European Cup campaign. Villa went on to win the trophy under the late Tony Barton, but Saunders was delighted to be reunited with the players nearly 30 years after his departure.
Having made 117 first team appearances during their golden age, Ormsby left Villa for Leeds United in 1984, being signed by Billy Bremner, who quickly made him his captain.
Although Ormsby is not one to dwell on the past, focusing his efforts fully on Colls, he was delighted to be honoured along with his old team-mates.
He said: “It was terrific to re-live the triumph, meet up with all the lads, and see the gaffer (Ron Saunders) again.
“When you think of the fact that Villa had gone 58 years without winning the league, and haven’t really come close since, that was a hell of an achievement. But to go on and win the European Cup was something else altogether.”
All at Colls shared in congratulating the manager on his honour, but hope he can have more success in the next few years, a thought echoed by the man himself, who said: “Getting Pontefract to where we want to be will be my greatest achievement.”