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BREAKING NEWS | Newby joins the Magpies

Chorley FC are pleased to announce the signing of forward Alex Newby on a deal until the end of the 2018/19 season.


The 22-year-old signs from Evo-Stik Division One North side Clitheroe, having scored 19 goals in all competitions already this season. He has also made a handful of appearances for Barrow and Kendal Town.


Welcome to the Magpies, Alex!


LATEST NEWS | Funeral arrangements for Mrs Charnley

Chorley FC are preparing to pay a final farewell to lifelong fan Rita Charnley after the family have announced her funeral arrangements.

Fans, players and officials are expected to attend the funeral service at St Gregory’s RC Church, Weldbank on Wedneday 7th February at 1pm followed by interment in the churchyard. The wake will be held from 2pm onwards at Victory Park Social Club and we’d like to encourage everyone to come down in their colours and help celebrate Rita’s life.  

Her family have requested that all donations are made towards St Gregory’s RC Church, Weldbank and Chorley Football Club Development Squad. For further enquiries ring Messers B. Livesey Ltd on: 01257 262602.  

MATCH REPORT | Gainsborough Trinity 1-0 Chorley

Team news

Only one change for the Magpies, as Marcus Carver returned from suspension, replacing Delial Brewster who dropped to the bench.

The home side were unchanged.


On a chilly night in Lincolnshire, it was a case of not being able to find the back again - despite creating numerous chances - in a 1-0 defeat to Gainsborough Trinity.


First half

On seven minutes, some great play down the right from Matty Hughes made space for a cross. The ball in found Marcus Carver, but his effort was deflected and ultimately easily saved by Gainsborough’s goalkeeper, Henrich Ravas.

A good chance for the home side fell on 17 minutes. A ball forward by Gainsborough’s number 7 Jordan Richards found Ashley Worsfold who beat the offside trap. His effort from the corner of the six-yard-box, however, went wide of the far post.

Right on the half hour mark, the best chance fell for the Magpies. Some good buildup play on the edge of the Gainsborough penalty area led to Blakeman finding space and unleashing a shot, but it went just wide of the far post.

Blakeman then hit the post from distance five minutes later, with the rebound falling to Jason Walker, but the striker missed an open, gaping goal from five yards out, hitting the side netting. Fortunately, the linesman on the near side flagged for offside and saved Walker’s blushes.


Second half

Gainsborough came out of the traps in the second half with intent and scored just 50 seconds after the restart. 

A cross on the right hand side found the impressive Craig King, who controlled the ball, and fired it under the advancing Matt Urwin to give the home side the lead.

At the other end, a miraculous save by Ravas in the Trinity goal denied Josh O’Keefe moments later after some fantastic work by Marcus Carver down the right. He found a ball to O’Keefe who was totally unmarked, but his shot from eight yards out was tipped behind.

Chorley sub Khius Metz then had his shot saved by Ravas moments later.


Despite numerous efforts on the home side’s goal, throughout the second half in particular, the Magpies weren’t able to breach Ravas’ goal and go back home empty handed.




Match stats

Gainsborough (4-4-2): Ravas; Vann, Jacklin, Beatson, Davie; Richards, L.King, Clarke (off 62 mins), C.King; Jarman © (off 56 mins), Worsfold (off 71 mins). 

Subs: Wells (on 71 mins), Simmons (on 56 mins), Russell (on 62 mins)

Not used: Stainfield, Bateson


Chorley (5-3-2): Urwin; Hughes, Leather, Teague (c), Jordan, Blakeman (off 60 mins); Cottrell; O’Keefe, Wilson; Walker (off 85 mins), Carver.

Subs: Metz (on 60 mins), Roscoe (on 85 mins)

Not used: Anson, Brewster, Whitham


HT 0-0 /FT 0-0


Goal scorers: Craig King on 46 mins


Attendance: 386


Referee: James Oldham


Assistants: Martin Beard, Paul Buck


Next Up

Due to Spennymoor’s run to the third round of the FA Trophy the Magpies next game isn’t until a week on Friday (09/02/18), when they travel to FC United of Manchester, kick off 7.45pm.


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MATCH PREVIEW: Gainsborough v Chorley

The Magpies (10th, 40pts) head to Lincolnshire this evening for their twice-rearranged league encounter with Gainsborough Trinity (20th, 28pts), writes Alex Birch.

The first meeting between the sides this season, due to FA Cup commitments and bad weather, comes at a crucial stage of the campaign with Chorley looking upwards at the playoff places and Trinity furiously battling against the drop.

Team news

Aside from Matt Challoner sitting out the third of his three-match suspension, Matt Jansen has a full squad to choose from.


“The reaction in the dressing says we’ll come out fighting. We’ll go into Gainsborough full of anger, full of fight, and hopefully get the three points” – Matt Jansen talking to Harry Lyons

Previous campaigns

24/11/15 NLN Gainsborough 2 Chorley 1 (Wilson, Davis; Jarvis)

09/04/16 NLN Chorley 3 Gainsborough 1 (CharnockEvansStephenson; Jarman)

12/11/16 NLN Gainsborough 0 Chorley 2 (WhithamSamizadeh)

01/04/17 NLN Chorley 4 Gainsborough 0 (Walker 3Carver)


Three points: Since winning promotion to the Vanarama National League North in 2014, the Magpies have won five of six meetings with Trinity, scoring 18 goals in the process.

Nice to be home: The Holy Blues have won five of their last seven home league games, but just six of 13 this season overall.

Match ball: Jason Walker scored the only hat trick by a Chorley player last season in the 4-0 win over Trinity in April.

Goal shy: Gainsborough have failed to score in four of their last six league games.

Yeller belly county: Over the last three and a half seasons, visits to Lincolnshire have proved fruitful for Chorley withfive wins and a draw across nine matches.

Match day (30/01/18)

Kick off at The Gainsborough Martin & Co. Arena (DN21 2QW) is 7.45pm.

Admission is £12 adults, £8 concessions, £4 under-16s & FREE for pre-schoolers.

Programmes are available for £2.50.

Parking is available on surrounding streets, or opposite the ground for £2.

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