Lanky left winger Ian Ormondroyd joined City on loan in February 1995 as manager Terry Dolan tapped his links with Bradford City, the club where Ormondroyd started his league career ten years previously. The big man left a lasting impression during his ten games for the Tigers – he scored twice on his debut in a 4-0 win over Cardiff then added two more later in February in a 3-2 win at Bournemouth. Further goals against Bristol Rovers and Plymouth followed but after two months Ian returned to Leicester. Any thoughts of a permanent transfer for Ormondroyd were scuppered by City’s parlous financial position and the offer of a move back to Bradford in the 1995 close season.
Ian Ormondroyd started his career in the non-league scene with local league side Manningham Mills and Northern Counties East League side Thackley. Within a year Ormondroyd was offered a professional contract at Bradford City, the club he supported as a boy. While initially used infrequently by Bantams manager Trevor Cherry, Ormondroyd’s breakthrough season came in 1987/88 under Terry Dolan’s stewardship, when the big man scored 12 goals in 49 senior appearances. Again amongst the goals in 1988/89, Ormondroyd was sold to Aston Villa in February 1989 for £650,000, the Villians record signing at the time, having scored 27 times in 125 appearances for the Bantams.
Under Graham Taylor’s management Ormondroyd thrived and made 74 appearances in two and a half seasons, contributing 10 goals and playing twice in the 1990/91 UEFA Cup against Czech side Banik Ostrava. In December 1991 Ian moved to Derby County for a £350,000 fee after a two month loan spell, but after 8 goals in 25 starts for the Second Division promotion challengers Ian joined their promotion rivals Leicester City in March 1992 in a swap deal that also saw strikers Phil Gee and Paul Kitson join Leicester and Derby respectively. At the end of the season Derby and Leicester both qualified for the play-offs but Derby were eliminated in the semi-final by big spending Blackburn and Leicester progressing to the final by thumping Cambridge. In the final Blackburn prevailed and Ormondroyd’s Leicester spent the next two seasons reaching the play-offs again, winning at Wembley in 1994. Ormondroyd was a key part of that promotion side, playing regularly throughout the season and scoring in the tight play-off semi final against Tranmere. He also started the final at Wembley, which Leicester won 2-1 against his former club Derby County. Elevated to the Premier League, Leicester used Ormondroyd sparingly in 1994/95 season and his loan to Hull City was a successful attempt to rekindle his goalscoring form.
Ormondroyd’s rejoined Bradford City for the 1995/96 season, he scored ten goals in 50 appearances in all competitions for the Bantams and came on as substitute in the play-off final, his fourth Wembley appearance, that saw Bradford beat Notts County and win promotion to League Division 1. At the start of 1996/97 he joined Oldham Athletic, returning for a final time to the Premier League in his early 30s. After 8 goals in 32 appearances for the Latics, who were relegated in 1997, Ormondroyd moved to Scunthorpe as he started to experience problems with arthritis in his left ankle. Used mainly as an impact substitute by Scunthorpe in his only season at Glanford Park, Ormondroyd retired in the 1998 close season.
Ormondroyd then returned to his home city Bradford and for more than 20 years he was Chief Executive of the Bradford City Community Foundation, a football in the community charity building strong links between schools and the football club.
Date/Place of Birth: 22 September 1964, Bradford
Hull City First Game: 4 February 1995, Cardiff City H (League Division 2), 30 years, 135 days old
Hull City Final Game: 28 March 1995, Chester City A (League Division 2), 30 years, 187 days old
Manningham Mills, Thackley (1984-1985), Bradford City (1985-1989), Oldham Athletic (1987, loan), Aston Villa (1989-1991), Derby County (1991, loan), Derby County (1991-1992), Leicester City (1992-1995), Hull City (1995, loan), Bradford City (1995-1996), Oldham Athletic (1996-1997), Scunthorpe United (1997-1998)
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Career: 10 apps, 6 goalsIan Ormondroyd