Chorley Club Profile
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Chorley : Club Background

The roots of Chorley stem from 1875 when Major John Lawrence - a Wigan player - set the club up in the Anchor Inn (now demolished) in Market Street in Chorley. Initially they were run as a rugby union club, but in 1883 they switched sports to football. They entered the Lancashire Junior League, moving into the Lancashire Alliance and then the Lancashire League over their first eleven years.

They started off playing at the Dole Lane Ground, but in 1901 they moved to the Rangletts Ground, but this lasted only three years, as they moved to St. George's Park. A year before that, the Lancashire League was restructured and expanded as the Lancashire Combination. Chorley struggled and almost dropped out of it, but were saved by the outbreak of World War I in 1914, having finished bottom of the division just before the outbreak. When the war ended, a further league restructuring and a new club set up gave them new purpose.

The end of World War I also gave them a new home. Next to the Rangletts Ground, they constructed Victory Park - named to commemorate the end of the war, and they moved there in 1920. They stayed in the Lancashire Combination First Division for the next 50 years, winning the league title on eleven separate occasions but not moving any higher up the pyramid, despite the expansion of the Football League during that time meaning that other clubs were moving up the levels. There was a bit of drama in 1945 for the club though. Having survived World War II without drama, a November 1945 incident saw their Main Stand burn down, shortly following an FA Cup tie against Accrington Stanley, destroying the stand, the dressing rooms and much of the club's property. Thus a new stand was built in 1947 at a cost of £5,500 - quite a hike given the original 1920 stand had cost them £1,000 to build.

It took until 1968 for them to make the great leap forward up the pyramid, but even that wasn't without a few false starts. They were founder members of the Northern Premier League, but dropped out after one season, going back to the Lancashire Combination. They then rejoined the Northern Premier League a second time, but again voluntarily dropped out after just two seasons. Don't ask us why, but in a bit of geographical bafflement, they then spent ten seasons playing in the Cheshire League.

Chorley rejoined the Northern Premier League for a third time in 1982, and this time they stuck at it, becoming Champions at the end of the 1987-88 season, and rising up to the Conference League. At this point they briefly crossed swords with Yeovil Town. The two clubs had met in the FA Trophy during the 1979-80 season, but for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 campaigns they met Yeovil as equals, with us making two visits to Victory Park in 1989, before they dropped back into the Northern Premier League, having finished third from bottom in their second season.

A further relegation in 1999 pushed Chorley into the second tier of the Northern Premier League structure, stuck there until the 2010-11 season when they were promoted via the play-offs. This was to be the start of a good decade for them, with them crowned as Northern Premier League Champions in 2013-14, pushing them into the Conference North division that had been created during their absence. During the seasons that followed they were play-off losers in the sixth tier during 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2017-18 before they gained promotion back to fifth tier football for the first time in 29 years, with a play-off final victory resolving that hoodoo at the fourth time of asking.

Chorley therefore begin the 2019-20 season at a level they've only been at for two seasons before in their entire club history. They're under the management of Jamie Vermiglio, who has had three spells at Chorley as a playerm making over 200 appearances for the club. He's been part of their backroom staff since retiring from playing in 2014, becoming manager in June 2018. Having gained promotion, via the play-offs during his first season in front line management, he's got off to a flier. He's a busy guy, given he is also Head Teacher at Locking Stumps Community Primary School in Warrington. That led to some speculation that he might have to step down from his football role after leading the Magpies to promotion, but with Chorley remaining as a part-time set-up for the time being, he has decided to keep juggling both roles for the foreseeable future.

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Chorley : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Chorley

02/02/1980HomeFAT2W5-22128Scott(3), Harminson(2)
12/11/1988HomeGMVCW2-12189McCarthy, Doherty
22/04/1989AwayGMVCW3-2480Spencer, Wallace, Whittingham
23/09/1989AwayGMVCL2-3872Conning, Carroll

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Chorley


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Chorley : Club Statistics


14/09/2019Dover AthleticAwayNATLD1-11011Holroyd 67
21/09/2019WokingHomeNATLD1-11346Holroyd 8
24/09/2019BarrowHomeNATLL1-31272Challoner 25
28/09/2019Dagenham and RedbridgeAwayNATLD0-01212
08/10/2019Halifax TownAwayNATLD0-02117


Chris Holroyd600006
Matthew Challoner100001
Courtney Meppen-Walter100001
Alex Newby100001
Marcus Carver100001
Lewis Baines100001
Elliot Newby100001


Highest League Attendance: 2693, vs Stockport County, 07/09/2019
Lowest League Attendance: 1020, vs Solihull Moors, 13/08/2019
Average League Attendance: 1457


Games Without A Win: 6 Games Without A Home Win: 3
Games Without An Away Win: 8 Games Without Defeat: 3
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 3
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 4
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 3
Games Without Conceding: 3 Home Results Sequence: DLWDLD
Away Results Sequence: LLLDDD Overall Results Sequence: DDLDDD

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Chorley : Club Information
Victory Park
Duke Street
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Telephone Number : 01257 230007
Fax :
Chairman : Ken Wright
Secretary : Graham Watkinson
Safety Officer : Mark Norris
Web Site / Programme Editor : Alex Birch
Manager : Jamie Vermiglio

Capacity : 4,300
Seated : 975
Covered Terrace :

Record Attendance : 9,679 : FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round vs Darwen, November 15th 1932
Colours : Black and White
Nickname : The Magpies

Ticket Prices :
Admission prices at Chorley for the 2019-20 season are flat across the ground and are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Concessions: £12.00; Aged 18-21: £7.00; Aged 12-17: £5.00; Under-12s: FREE.

Concessions apply to Over-60s, NHS, first responders and Armed Services (with valid ID).

Under-12s are free, provided they are purchased alongside an Adult ticket, with a limit of four children per adult. Otherwise you pay the Aged 12-17 price.

Tickets can be purchased online, in advance. You can either print them out (make sure you print out the attached PDF file, rather than the email), or use a smartphone to show the barcode on your ticket as you go through the turnstiles. Chorley's ticketing website can be found here, whilst the specific event for our 2019-20 visit can be found here. Online sales stop at 11.00a.m. on the day of the match (or 4.00p.m. where it's a midweeker).

If you don't want to purchase online, they can be purchased on the day, at the same prices, subject to the usual caveats of allowing extra time for queuing.

Disabled Info:

Disabled supporters pay the above admission prices but can admit an assistant free of charge, where required.

There are a limited number of disabled parking spaces available. You'll need to call their club offices on 01257-230007 between 10.00a.m. and 3.00p.m.

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Chorley : Directions To The Ground

Chorley is situated 20 miles north of Manchester, and 12 months south of Preston on the east side of the M6. This means the vast majority of Yeovil fans will approach the town from the usual M5 to M6 route up to the North-West. The ground is on the south side of the town centre, close to the A6 running out of town.

By Road

Leave the M6 at Junction 27, and head towards Wrightington. Take the first turning right, next to a garage, into Mossy Lee Road. Turn right into Boundary Lane, which takes you back across the motorway. Continue as the road turns into Pepper Lane, then turn left into Preston Road on the A49, heading towards Coppull. Pick up signs for Chorley and follow the road into the town centre. Just after the Plugh Inn, turn right into Duke Street, then take the third right (after the school) into Ashby Street. The ground is on the right hand side.

If you're travelling from the East or North-East, you may find you approach Chorley via the Manchester motorway ring-road. If so, then head around the north side of Manchester, then get into the M61 northbound. Leave the M61 at Junction 8, and take the A6 that runs along the east side of the town centre. You'll go over a series of roundabouts - stay on the A6 and don't go into the town centre itself. When you reach Morrisons and the Ford garage pass those, then at the next roundabout (you'll see the Eagle Hotel just beyond it), take the third exit, then an immediate left into Duke Street. Then take the second left into Ashby Street. The ground is on the right hand side.


Parking at Victory Park is only for players and officials, so you'll need to find somewhere further away. The nearest car park is Pilling Lane (PR7 3EE), which costs £3.00 to park, but because of the proximity to the turnstiles is popular and is therefore likely to fill up. There are also car parks in George Street (PR7 3AA) or Fleet Street (PR7 2EE), which are free of charge to park after 1.00p.m. on Saturdays.

By Rail

Chorley railway station is situated on the line between Preston and Manchester. From Yeovil Junction you're going to end up changing at least twice, either via Basingstoke and Manchester Piccadily, or via London Waterloo/Euston and Preston. Note that you can only just about do this trip inside a day - you'll need to get back to Chorley station by 5.30p.m. and then hope your connections get you back to Yeovil Junction on the final train that gets in at 23:42hrs.

The ground is around half a mile from the station. Follow signs for Bolton along the A6, passing between Morrisons and a Ford garage. At the final roundabout, head across to the third exit, then take an immediate first left into Duke Street. Then take the second left into Ashby Street. The ground is on the right hand side. Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

By Bus

As this is a town centre ground, you shouldn't need the bus services.

By Taxi

A selection of Chorley taxi companies can be found here.

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Chorley : Web Resources
Web Sites

Chorley FC
Chorley's main club website, produced under their own design.

Web Message Boards

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Local Press

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Chorley : Food & Drink
General :

Given the only opportunity for Yeovil fans to follow The Glovers to Victory Park was twice in 1989 we suspect not that many will be familiar with the place. As with many a Lancashire town Chorley developed around coal mines and cotton mills. As both have now completely vanished it's not entirely clear what the point of Chorley is: it kind of just sits there, ringed by Preston, Blackburn, Bolton and Wigan, as everyone sails past on the M6 to the west and the M61 to the east. However, like all the best northern towns, it does have its own cake. Looks like an Eccles cake to we mere southerners, but doubtless the residents would be outraged by this comparison. Victory Park is in the south of the town, 0.6 miles from the railway station and a smidgeon further than that from the town centre.

Club Bar :

Provided the match is not segregated (which they rarely are) Victory Social Club is open to away as well as home fans. It's to be found to the left of the main entrance after passing through the Duke Street turnstiles. The club mentions Thirsty Magpie (a club badged lager, the origins of which they don't reveal), Tetley's Smooth and Somersby Cider as being on draught. However, entries on Untappd do suggest that more interesting beers from the likes of JW Lees, Holdens and St Austell sometimes appear, and even as cask versions. The Magpie's Nest provides a range of hot and cold food, including Butter Pie (with peas and gravy - we are oop North after all), a dish indigenous to the Chorley/Preston area apparently. Everywhere else it would just be termed a Potato & Onion Pie.

If segregation is in place and away fans are confined to the Pilling Lane End, it's not clear what refreshment facilities are then available - we suspect it would be limited to that Non-League staple, the mobile burger van.

Local Pubs :

Ale Station: A micropub, its just across the A6 from the railway station and thus 0.6 miles from Victory Park. Five on weekdays and six at weekends constantly changing cask ales, with a focus on small independent north-western breweries but beers could crop up from anywhere across the country; and two changing real ciders. Theres always at least one dark beer on tap. Disabled access. A digital board provides full beer details but also live updates of train times, delays, cancellations etc. Opening: 4.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 3.00 p.m. midnight Friday; 2.00 p.m. midnight Saturday; 3.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m. Sunday. (Note: will close earlier if owner deems custom insufficient).
Ale Station, 60 Chapel Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1BS. Tel: 01257 368003. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Bob Inn: Tiny thats TINY micropub shoehorned into a unit of Chorleys covered market. Despite its tiny did we say it was tiny? size it squeezes in three changing real ales, a couple of keg lagers (Pilsner Urquell and a Kozel), two ciders (or sometimes a perry) on hand pump and a range of bottled beers (mostly Belgian) and spirits. For when it gets rammed which is about eight people they recently took over a second adjacent unit which has been converted into a pub lounge with seating for another eight people. Theres also a bit of outside seating or else one can just stand around hoping the market shoppers dont bump into you and spill your pint. CAMRA membership discount offered. Opening is 10.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday. Chorley Market is about three minutes walk westwards into the town centre from the railway station and 15 minutes from the football stadium.
Bob Inn, 24 Market Place, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1DA. Tel: 07767 238410. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Bootleggers: Another Chorley micropub, this one opened in 2016. Spread over three levels: theres a small drinking area with stools on entering; then steps lead up to the bar area itself; and on up a flight of stairs to a lounge area. Has three (sometimes four) real ales generally sourced from the North-West region, a more widely ranging selection of bottled beers, and a good variety of craft gins. Opening times: 4.00 p.m. 7.00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 4.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m. Thursday; 2.00 p.m. midnight Friday; 1.00 p.m. midnight Saturday; 2.00 p.m. 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Towards the southern edge of the town centre, a five to six minutes walk to the ground.
Bootleggers, 21 Bolton Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 3AA. Tel: 01257 267976. Map: Click Here.

Cuckoo's Nest: You might be spotting a theme here: Chorley is stuffed full of micropubs (and theres plenty more to come below). This one is already on its third incarnation in three years, having previously been DOwd Inn and then Toastie Tavern, adopting its latest persona in Spring 2019. A split level outlet which is public bar format downstairs, more lounge upstairs. As far as we can tell the food dimension has currently gone under the new regime. Towards the southern end of the town centre and exactly half a mile from Victory Park. Currently appears to offer three hand pump beers and a hand pump cider from smaller producers and four keg lines from more mainstream breweries. The house badged beer, One Brew Over The Cuckoos Nest, is by RT Ales Brew Co. (according to the clip); the other two cask beer pumps are constantly changing. CAMRA membership discount of 10p a pint, should that be worth bothering about. The pub itself doesnt feel it relevant to bother to reveal its opening times on its web presence but the local CAMRA branch has it as: noon 6.00 p.m. Tuesday; 2.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. Thursday; noon midnight Friday and Saturday; 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. Sunday.
Cuckoo's Nest, 111 Market Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 2SQ. Tel: 07542 275571. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Duke of York: Closest pub to the stadium, on the eastern side two minutes walk away. Serves mainstream keg beers and ciders from the multinationals. Has Sky Sports and a couple of pool tables and darts. Children allowed until 8.00 p.m. There is some evidence it might do food, but what and when remains a mystery. Patio area to rear. Opening hours: 3.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; noon 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Duke of York, Bolton Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 3DX. Tel: 01257 469296. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Flat Iron: Wet lead pub with both Sky and BT Sports on northern edge of the covered market in the town centre. Recently received a new lease of life with a major refurbishment and name change (previously Market Tavern). Carries five cask beers, focusing on northern breweries but more the longer standing ones than the new wave craft producers, with offerings from the likes of Moorhouses, Phoenix and Timothy Taylor often featuring. The permanent beer is Gunpowder Premium Mild by Coach House Brewing Co. Stocks a changing real cider. Children allowed until 6.00p.m. Opening is from noon every day, closing at midnight Sunday to Thursday, 3.00a.m. Friday and Saturday (has late live music).
Flat Iron, 21 Cleveland Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1BH. Tel: 01257 515151. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Ginnell: Yep, another micropub. This one opened early 2018. Despite photos showing four hand pumps the local CAMRA branch states it has stopped selling real ale. Instead, two of the pumps now dispense changing real ciders, and the beer focus has switched to six lines of craft keg and continental lager. Food is of the toasted sandwiches and cheese & biscuit platters variety. A seven to eight minutes walk from Victory Park. Opening times: 4.00 p.m. midnight Wednesday and Thursday; noon to midnight Friday to Sunday.
Ginnell, 6 Pall Mall, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 2LA. Tel: 07415 374561. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Malt'n'Hops: Our only suggestion to the east of the railway line, four minutes walk from the railway station and 0.7 of a mile from the stadium. Recently refurbished Free House with up to nine cask beers on. Regulars are Dark Mild by Bank Top and Marshmallow Unicorn by Irwell Works, and the likes of Fernandes, Moorhouses and Rat occupy the other pumps. Two real ciders are served from boxes. Food is of the rolls and pies variety. Large beer garden with heated smoking shelter. Children welcome until 8.00 p.m. Opening is 1.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m. Monday, noon 11.00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, noon midnight Saturday and Sunday.
Malt'n'Hops, 50-52 Friday Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 0AA. Tel: 01257 260967. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Nelipots Bar: Opening June 2019 in the same street and just yards from the Ale Station (above) and Shepherds Hall Ale House (below), this is a converted 19th Century weavers cottage. It retains the separate rooms across two floors and still feels very much like a house. Steps up to the front door and the internal layout mean it is not friendly to those with restricted mobility. Opening hours: 12.30 p.m. 7.00 p.m. Tuesday; 11.30 a.m. 10.00 p.m. Thursday; noon midnight Friday and Saturday; 1.00 p.m. 7.00 p.m. Sunday. Micropub with two changing cask beers from small independent breweries and six keg lines focusing on continental beers from the likes of Frstlich Frstenbergische, Radeberger Gruppe and Weihenstephan and cider. Food is various, with Pork Pie Tuesdays, Cream Tea Sundays, occasional pop up Street Food seems you turn up and see whats on. Positively child friendly. Has tiny garden to rear.
Nelipots Bar, 53 Chapel Street, Chorley, Lancashire. Tel: 07832 978328. Website: Click Here.

Shed: Inside it looks like er, a shed. A few yards to the west of Chorley Market this micropub in caf-bar style opened at the end of 2017. Serves coffee when opens on weekday mornings, with licenced sales kicking in from noon. A caf style menu available throughout the day. Has a huge range of gins, wines, some keg and three hand pumps. Probably wouldnt have included it (after all Chorley has a LOT of other micropubs) until we noticed the quality of the breweries it had been hosting recently: Tiny Rebel, Beartown, Welbeck Abbey, Thornbridge etc. Looks from photos to have step free access, but disabled provision isnt specified. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. Opening times: 11.00 a.m. 6.00 p.m. Tuesday; 11.00 a.m. midnight Thursday; 11.00 a.m. 1.00 a.m. Friday; 1.00 p.m. 2.30 a.m. Saturday; 1.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. Sunday.
Shed, 9 Fazackerley Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1BG. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Shepherds' Hall Ale House: : Chorleys first micropub, opening in 2014. In the same street as the Ale Station (above), its just 50 yards further away from the railway station. Changed hands in Summer 2019, and a minority of curmudgeons are moaning its no longer the library atmosphere serving nothing but cask and a few nibbles where they could read the paper in silence for two hours over their half pint. Retains five constantly changing real ales sourced from all over the country but has added (to their horror!) four craft keg lines, gins, street food pop-ups and occasional live music nights. Normally has two ciders on. Opening hours have extended with the change of ownership, though this has not been reflected by most websites yet ignore them: noon 10.30 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday; noon 11.30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon midnight Friday; noon 1.00 a.m. Saturday.
Shepherds' Hall Ale House, 67 Chapel Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1BS. Tel: 07412 584907. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Sir Henry Tate: A few yards north of Chorley Market (see Bob Inn above) is the towns Spoons. Technically its in their Lloyds No. 1 guise, but who would know? Unusually for a Wetherspoon its purpose built rather than a building they have taken over. Spread over two floors it carries ten real ales: three from the Spoons national house range Sharps Doom Bar, Greene King Abbot and Ruddles Best Bitter in this case; two regulars Bank Top Dark Mild and something from the Moorhouses Brewery stable; and five changing guests. Two ciders from the box are offered. Keg is the standard Spoons selection. Has disabled access and facilities. The outside area and smoking zone are to the front. Opens at 8.00 a.m. every day (food from then until late evening), closing at midnight Sunday to Thursday, 1.00 a.m. Friday, 2.00 a.m. Saturday.
Sir Henry Tate, New Market Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1DB. Tel: 01257 248470. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

As we've found with most trips in this neck of the woods, there is a rapid change from the metropolitan accent of Manchester, into the rural parts of Lancashire. Watching episodes of Coronation Street will not be enough to assist you here. Take Coatesieboy as your personal translator.

Top-Tip :

With the town having been swamped by micropubs, and it being such a long distance from Yeovil, the obvious advice is to book yourself a B&B and take yourself on a pub crawl!

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Chorley : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

The comedy show Pheonix Nights was based in Farnworth, just down the road, with the legendary Is This the Way to Amarillo? scene provided via a radio station called Chorley FM. You'll find that Paul Mariner, Phil Parkinson and David Unsworth are all from the town, along with Bill Beaumont, comedian Phil Cool, the League of Gentleman's Steve Pemberton, singer John Foxx (Ultravox) and the band Starsailor.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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