FORMER Accrington Stanley forward Brett Ormerod has announced his retirement from football at the age of 39.

Blackburn-born Ormerod, who most recently was playing for Bamber Bridge in the Evo-Stik League made more than 50 appearances for Stanley between 1995-97 before joining Blackpool where he made over 200 appearances for the club, scoring 61 goals.

After a two-year spell at Wrexham Ormerod, who was raised in Great Harwood, joined Padiham in 2014, playing for Steve Wilkes' side in the Evo-Stik First Division North, before joining Bamber Bridge at the start of this campaign.

But it is at Blackpool where he is mostly fondly remembered, scoring the winning goal in the 2010 Championship play-off final against Cardiff and becoming the first player to score for the Seasiders in the top four divisions.

Ormerod picked up a runners-up medal with Southampton when they lost the 2003 FA Cup final against Arsenal and won the FA Trophy with Wrexham in 2013.

He posted on his Twitter account: "At 39 it's time to hang up the boots, a big thanks to family and friends and everyone who has supported me, it's been a crazy ride thanks!"