Chorley v Darlington

Saturday 10th November 2018, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

Chorley FC:
The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium, Duke Street, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 3DU
Tel: 01257 230007 Twitter: @chorleyfc

History: Formed as a rugby club in 1875, the club switched forms in 1883 and in the years since has played in six different leagues. Founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968. Chorley spent two seasons in the Conference - briefly topping the table - before relegation and some decline down the divisions. But they were revived under Garry Flitcroft and since 2014 have been in the Conference North. Notable FA Cup successes were wins over Wolves in 1986 and Bury in 1990..
Record Attendance: 9,679 v Darwen (1932); 15,153 v Preston North End (1986, at Ewood Park)
Capacity: 3,550 (900 seats),
Last season: 6th
Honours: Northern Premier Prem Div champions 1987/88 and 2013/14; Lancs Combination First Division champions (11 times).

Record victory: 13-1 Droylsden (2014) and 14-1 v Morecambe (1946)
Nickname: The Magpies
Colours: Black and white stripes
Manager: Jamie Vermiglio
Chairman: Ken Wright
Famous/notable players: Arthur Cunliffe, Paul Mariner, Frank Worthington and Matt Jansen (now manager)

Click here for streetmap of the Chorley ground

Admission prices (2017/18): A slight rise on last season - adults 12, over 60s 9; students £7, ages 12-16, 5; 11 and under, free.

From the North - Distance from Darlington 113 miles (2 hours). Follow the A66 cross-Pennine route towards Kendal and join the M6 South. At junction 8 (Mormon Temple) leave motorway and follow signs toward Chorley town centre along A6. At the two roundabouts by B&Q, head across the first then the right exit at the immediate next. Keep going through a number of roundabouts, pass Morrisons and then at the roundabout with the Eagle Hotel in view take the third exit and then left into Duke Street. Then 2nd second left into Ashby Street and the ground is on the right.

Parking: Limited parking available at Victory Park ground (3); the club also uses the neighbouring primary school, both reached via Ashby Street. There is also some parking at Rangletts recreation ground off Pilling Lane. Click here for a map of the town centre, including car parks


Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach 4.15pm; fare: 20. Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat. Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

Cooper's 01257 441006
Yellow Cabs 01257 440779
Whittle Taxis 01257 232323
A2B Taxis 01257 264000

Trains from Manchester (usually via Bolton) can take and hour and 10 minutes (9 return). The last train for a midweek game is 22.55. Chorley railway and bus stations are on the A6 near the town centre, half a mile from the ground. Follow the signs for Bolton (A6) and pass between Morrison's and the Ford garage.

You will then arrive at the final roundabout, head down the third exit, then immediate first left into Duke Street and second left into Ashby Street. The ground is then on the right.

Chorley is a market town eight miles north of Wigan, built on the cotton trade. There is a fair bit of shopping in the town centre. Famous sons include Bill Beaumont, singer John Foxx, Phoenix Nights's Dave Spikey and ex-Coronation Street actor Ken Morley

The official site is good and well laid out and easy to follow.

Chorley council website

Chorley Guardian

At the ground:

Victory Park Social Club
Away fans are welcome in the clubhouse.

Pubs near ground/town centre:

A good real ale choice in the town centre, with four micropubs too.

The Crown, 46-48 Chapel Street, Chorley, PR7 1BW
Re-opened real ale pub with five beers to choose from. Near the railway station. Open 11am.

Potters Arms, 42 Brooke Street, Chorley PR7 3BY
Real ale pub alongside the railway bridge which is a shortish walk to the ground. Usually about three beers on and friendly locals.

Shepherds Hall Ale House, 67 Chapel Street, Chorley PR7 1BS.
Micropub in a converted shop and showcases microbrews - usually five. Another very close to the station.

Bootleggers, 21 Bolton Street Chorley PR7 3AA
A recently opened micropub in a former lingerie shop, promising four handpumps - a split-level pub with the bar upstairs.

Ale Station, 60 Chapel Street Chorley PR7 1BS
Another new micropub in an old sandwich bar close to the station. Open from 1pm.

Bob Inn, 24 Market Place Chorley PR7 1DA
Another micropub at Chorley's indoor market. And it really is a "micro" - 11ft by 9ft but with room to stretch out in the market around it. Nice pies, CAMRA discount and a friendly welcome.

White Bull, Market Street
Should have three real ales on, good service.

The Railway, 20 Steeley Lane, Chorley, PR6 0RD
Right next to the station, up to five Marston's and other beers.

The Plough, 139 Pall Mall, Chorley PR7 3NE.
Another pub close to the ground.

Sir Henry Tate, New Market St, Chorley PR7 1DB
Wetherspoons in the town centre, named after the locally-born sugar tycoon and art collector.