Following the 2-1 defeat against Sutton last weekend, Gary Johnson’s side will be looking to bounce straight back on Saturday, as they head to Lancashire to take on Chorley.
The Magpies may be struggling for results at the foot of the table, however results around the division in the last few weeks is further proof that nothing can be taken for granted in the National League.
Who’s The Boss?
Boss Jamie Vermiglio has been at Victory Park for over ten years, during which time he has represented Chorley as player, coach and manager. Three spells at the club on the field saw him clock up over 200 appearances, to add to those gained at Scarborough, AFC Telford and Northwich Victoria. Taking charge during the pre-season of 2018, Jamie tasted instant success, as he led The Magpies to the top tier of non-league football after a near-30 year absence.
How have they been doing?
Like The Gulls, Chorley began the season in new surroundings after tasting promotion last time out. However 2019/20 has been a baptism of fire for Vermiglio’s men, with his side claiming just two wins in their first 21 outings. Currently rooted to the foot of the league, last Saturday’s excellent 3-2 win at Chesterfield will have given the side increased hope that the team are beginning to come to terms with the rise in standard following last season’s National League North success.
Player to watch
Experienced striker Chris Holroyd has been leading the way in front of goal in the Magpies’ bid to avoid the drop, notching 6 of the club’s 17 league goals so far this campaign. After beginning his career as a youngster at Chester City, Holroyd went on to enjoy a fruitful spell in front of goal with Cambridge United, before stints at the likes of Brighton, Macclesfield and Wrexham preceded his move to Victory Park in the summer.
Played For Both
Defender Keiran Charnock represented both clubs, most recently the Lancashire side, before the Preston-born centre back joined near neighbours Bamber Bridge last year. Beginning his career at Wigan Athletic, first-team football initially evaded Charnock, however, eye-catching performances for non-league Northwich gave Keiran his big break in the Football League with Peterborough. A move to Plainmoor followed in 2009, where he struggled to establish himself in Paul Buckle’s resurgent side, resulting in a move back north to represent Morecambe, Fleetwood, Macclesfield, Stockport and Chester ahead of his arrival at Chorley in 2015.
Given the recent history and geography of both clubs, it is perhaps not surprising that tomorrow’s encounter will be the first senior clash between the two sides. Both teams are scheduled to meet for the return match at Plainmoor on February 29th 2020, subject to FA Trophy commitments.
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Chorley FC v Torquay United | Victory Park, PR7 3EE |
Tickets are available to purchase online now here, however cash turnstiles will also be available to supporters who wish to pay on the day. Prices are listed below.
|Young adults (18-21)||£7|
|11 and under||£FREE|
- Concessions – Over-60s, NHS, first responders & armed services (with valid ID)
- Disabled pay relevant admission carers/helpers free
Parking is limited at the ground, however there is a 30 space car park on Pilling Lane (SATNAV PR7 3EE) which is charged at £3 and gives easy access to the ground. There are also a limited number of disabled spaces which are free, but these are allocated on a first come, first served basis by contacting the club on 01257 230007 or ideally by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Street parking is also available, however Chorley FC advise supporters to make use of the George Street car park which is a 5 – 10 minute walk to the ground, and is free after 1:00 on Saturdays.
Travel Club Details
For United fans planning on travelling to Chorley, the Torquay United Travel Club will be running transport for this fixture. Details are listed here, but please note are subject to change.
Pick Up Points
- Paignton 07:00
- Torquay 07:15
- Newton Abbot 07:30
- Exeter 08:00
- Adults £36
- 13-17 £28
- Child £18
To book your place, or for further details please call 07787 716089 or visit the Travel Club Facebook page here.