The late Ian Ormond will be honoured by Auckland’s Bay Olympic club when they host their first home game in this season’s Northern League on Saturday April 9.
The club invites family members, friends and admirers of the former New Zealand winger to attend their game against Birkenhead United at their Olympic Park ground.
“Ian was a Life Member of our club and greatly admired. We want to bring people together to remember him and we thought it would be fitting to do this around a game of football,” club spokesman Neale Turley told Friends of Football.
Ormond, considered by many to be one of the best New Zealand players of his generation, died last October, aged 72.
He was a member of Blockhouse Bay’s National League-Chatham Cup double-winning side in 1970 and was NZ Player of the Year in 1972.
Turley said those wishing to honour Ian Ormond were welcome at their Portage Rd clubrooms from 2pm, an hour before kick-off.
Teams will show their respect by wearing arm bands and leading a minute’s silence at the ground.
As Ormond died during Auckland’s lockdown, football has had few opportunities to honour him.
His family plan a memorial service later this year.