Morecambe Football Club is saddened to hear about the death of former secretary and Life Vice President Ken Ormrod.
A legendary figure at the Club, Ken was club secretary from the early 1970s up to 1991, and played a major role in helping the Shrimps get through some of the worst times in its history in the late 1970s.
After being well known in local footballing circles for work as a Sunday League fixture secretary, he took over as Morecambe's secretary and went on to play a huge part in the Club's fortunes before resigning due to illness.
As well as writing a book charting the history of the Club, Ormrod was recognised by the Shrimps Trust and became one of the first people to be featured on the Legends Wall at the Mazuma Stadium.
Speaking in Derek Quinn's book, Light at the End of the Tunnel, Ken said: "I was pretty thrilled when I got the job which became a huge part of my life. There was a lot to do and I loved it.
"The Wembley trip for the 1974 FA Trophy Final was obviously an amazing occasion for me and for the town itself.
"Things took a turn for the worse a few years later however and, by 1978, the club was on its knees financially.
"I had to put my hand in my pocket and I remember buying the first team kit in 1976 myself at a cost of £54.90 which was a lot of money in those days.
"I spent so much of my time at the Club that it became part of my life and thankfully my family gave me huge support.''
Until very recently, Ken was a regular spectator at home games with his wife Teresa and family members, and he will always be remembered for his efforts.
Speaking on the sad news, Co-Chairman Rod Taylor said: "Ken was a legendary figure at the club and no one can underestimate the work he, and his family, put into making sure it survived during its most difficult times.
"He was a wonderful man and loved the football Club and he will always be remembered for everything he did and be sorely missed.''
Everyone at Morecambe Football Club would like to send our condolences to Ken's family and friends at this difficult time.