Tribute paid to Blackpool FC legend Morty on centenary of his birth

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Fans gathered at Bloomfield Road ahead of Blackpool Tower being lit up tangerine in tribute to pay homage to Seasiders legend Stan Mortensen.

A special ceremony was held at the statue of the late Seasiders star at the ground to honour him on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Around 150 supporters gathered in glorious evening sunshine and guests of honour were Stan’s great-niece Nicola Heaney and former Pool star Tony Green, who Mortensen signed for the club when he was manager.

Tony said: “He was a real larger than life character and it’s great to pay tribute to him like this.”

100 years today, Blackpool’s FA Cup legend Morty was born

Nine tangerine footballs were placed at the foot of the statue in memory of Jordan Banks, the nine year old killed by lightning in Blackpool earlier this month

A minute’s applause also took place in tribute.

Later, as darkness fell, Blackpool Tower was lit up tangerine in remembrance of the goal hero known as Morty.
Morty's statue on the centenary of his birth
Morty’s statue on the centenary of his birth

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