Former Leeds United captain Brendan Ormsby, who suffered a stroke just before Christmas, is battling back by setting his sights set on a new goal - competing in a Leeds 10k run this summer.
Yorkshire Evening Post columnist Ormsby,53, is recovering in hospital in York following the stroke on December 22 – just a day after attending Leeds United’s clash with Barnsley at Elland Road.
The condition of Ormsby, who played 57 matches in all competitions for Leeds between 1986-90, has improved in the past week. Scores of United supporters have tweeted their thoughts, wishing the ex-centre-half a speedy recovery.
The ex centre-half, who led Leeds to the FA Cup semi-final and Division Two play-offs in 1986-87, is now focusing on his rehabilitation, with his own cup final coming on July 20 when he, wife Wendy, son Liam and his girlfriend Marianne hope to compete in the Jane Tomlinson Run for All Leeds 10k in aid of the Stroke Association.
Wendy said: “We were talking about it the other night and the four of us are going to do the Jane Tomlinson 10K run in July as a focus and goal for him. It’s a while away, but something to aim for. Brendan didn’t have any choice when he asked him and he just nodded his head!”
On her husband’s condition, she added: “He is improving and getting better and stronger every day.
“Physically, he is doing a lot better. But it is obviously going to take time.
“We’d just like to thank everybody for thinking and worrying about him.
“As a family, we are very thankful for all the good wishes and Brendan is. We are aware of all the well-wishers.”
Ormsby, who worked as a postman in Moortown after retiring from football, writes the Ask Ormsby column for the sports section of the YEP.
A LEGEND WITH A HEART
AN INSPIRATIONAL leader, Brendan Ormsby became a Leeds United legend during his time with the club.
Born in Birmingham on October 1, 1960, the 5ft 11ins central defender also played for Aston Villa, Shrewsbury, Doncaster, Waterford United, Scarborough and Wigan.
He made 57 appearances for Leeds United and scored seven goals. He was appointed the honorary president of the Scarborough branch of the Leeds United Members’ Club, and has had a beer, Ormsby’s Bitter, named after him.