Cult Heroes: Richard Ord

by Ashley Houghton

Fans' favourite Richard Ord takes this week's spotlight.

‘Who needs Cantona when we’ve got Dickie Ord?’

Richard Ord epitomised the boyhood dream of playing for your home-town club.

‘Dickie’, as he went on to be known as, made his Sunderland debut back in November 1987 and went on to make over 250 appearances for the Black Cats.

A tall and reliable defender, Ord was the complete fans’ favourite and will be remembered for the song released by a group of fans; titled ‘The Dickie Ord Song’.

The lyrics to the ‘Dickie Ord Song’ tell the whole story of a player who felt blessed by the opportunity to wear the red and white shirt.

‘The great thing is and it makes us proud – if he wasn’t on the pitch, he’d be with us in the crowd.’

During his time at the club, Sunderland were runners-up in the 1992 FA Cup final and Murton-born Ord was also part of the promotion-winning side of 1987-88 and Championship winning team 1996-97.

And, though he was sold in 1998 to QPR, he is still a regular amongst the fans at the Stadium of Light.