Ex-Leeds United players set to pull on boots for Brendon

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Leeds United stars of yesteryear are set to turn back the footballing clock in support of former club captain Brendon Ormsby.

Ex-players including Gary Kelly, Ian Baird, Bobby Davison, Glynn Snodin, Jon Newsome and Noel Blake are all due to appear at a benefit match for Brendon, who suffered a devastating stroke in 2013.

Two men who both played and managed at Leeds, Gary McAllister and Simon Grayson, will also be pulling on their boots.

The game is being staged at Farsley AFC’s Throstle Nest ground on Sunday, April 19.

It has been organised with the help of former Leeds player Neil Parsley, who is manager at Farsley.

Leeds United Supporters’ Club chairman Ray Fell today urged fans to turn out for the game.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Brendon was very popular with the fans when he played and he still is now.

“Everyone was really sorry to hear about his illness and I hope the game will be extremely well supported.”

Long-serving YEP columnist Brendon played for Leeds between 1986 and 1990.

He is best remembered as skipper of the side that reached the FA Cup semi-finals and Division Two play-offs in the 1986-87 season.

The fighting spirit shown by Brendon as a centre-half with United has also been clear to see since he suffered his stroke.

Specialists initially said the ex-footballer might not walk again – but last summer he bravely completed the Leeds 10k race in an impressive time of one hour and 15 minutes.

The benefit match will kick off at 1pm. Ticket details are due to be announced shortly.

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