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Magpies lose to Pitmen

Hednesford Town ensured Chorley inconsistent start to the season continued, inflicting the Magpies third defeat in seven league games.

Despite taking the lead through an Adam Roscoe header, a goal in the latter stages of each half send the points to Staffordshire.

Read the full report here.

On Tuesday evening Chorley travel to Blyth Spartans in the league, then return to Victory Park on Saturday in the FA Cup when Frickley Athletic are the visitors.

Programme quiz answers

The explanations that go with the answers to the quiz in the Hednesford Town programme were a little on the long side to squeeze in next to Reco's Ramble, so here they are in full:

1.  Inverness Caledonian Thistle stands alone as the non-Glasgow club of the four choices, it is located (not surprisingly) in Inverness, the 'Capital of the Highlands'. Celtic and Rangers are world-known for their Catholic-Protestant Glasgow rivalry and their fiercely contested local derbies. Queen's Park, on the the other hand, live in a shadow thrown by their more illustrious rivals. Having said that, Queen's Park can lay claim to having played at Hampden Park (where Cup Finals and Internationals are played) many more times than either Celtic or Rangers, as it is their home ground!

2.  Michael Gray is the odd one out, as the others are related. Eddie Gray was a perfect example of a winger in the original mould. He played for Leeds United during their glory years, his playing career spanning 1966-1985. During this period he scored 68 goals in 561 games. Eddie has also served as the clubs Manager, Assistant Manager and Youth Team coach. Amazingly, his playing career for Scotland totaled a meagre 12 games.

Frank Gray played for Leeds in two separate periods, 1973-1979 and 1981-1985. He scored 35 goals in almost 400 appearances. Frank holds a record that can never be taken from him, that being the first player to appear for two different English clubs in a European Cup Final (Leeds United vs Bayern Munich, 1975, and Nottingham Forest vs Hamburg, 1980). He played 32 times for Scotland, scoring one goal.

Andy Gray is Frank's son, and therefore, Eddie's nephew. He made his debut at Leeds in 1995 and has subsequently been somewhat of a journeyman, playing at many clubs. He has represented Scotland at senior level once (against Lithuania in 2003). Michael Gray played ten matches for Leeds United on loan from Blackburn Rovers at the end of the 2004-05 season, scoring no goals. Michael Gray is not related to any of the others.

Another sharp-eyed quiz player pointed out that Michael Gray only represented Leeds in a loan capacity, so that is another way of looking at it.

3.  Johnny Giles is the odd one out. Irish he may be, but more specifically, he played for the Republic of Ireland - at least in footballing terms. Of the other choices, David Healy played for Leeds United and set a record for Northern Ireland's top goalscorer in Internationals. Harry Gregg was Manchester United's goalkeeper during the era of the 'Busby Babes'. Gregg survived the Munich air disaster of 1958, and was feted as a hero for pulling a number of his teammates from the burning plane. He played 25 times for his country. Derek Dougan was capped 43 times for Northern Ireland. The lanky sideburned striker is best remembered for the twilight times of his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1970s, but few realise he was part of the Northern Irish World Cup squad of 1958!

4.   North Road was the home of Old Boys (later Barrow Town) from some time in the early to mid 1930s until the Second World War. Hyde Road was Manchester City's initial venue from 1887-1923. Lack of ability to develop the stadium due to the closeness of other infrastructure forced a move to Maine Road. This remained the home ground until 2003, when the club moved to the City Of Manchester Stadium, which was used for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

5.  Craig Johnston did not play for Australia. He played a number of games for England at Under-21 and 'B' team level and was called into the senior squad in 1988, but did not play. John Kosmina played 60 internationals for Australia between 1977 and 1988, scoring 25 goals. In contrast, he played part of one game in the English League for Arsenal, coming on as a substitute against Leeds United in August 1978. Adrian (Noddy) Alston appeared for his country in the 1974 World Cup Finals in West Germany and signed for Luton Town in June of the same year. He scored 7 goals in 39 games for Australia between 1969 and 1974. Scott McDonald was a Motherwell striker who made his senior debut for Australia against Bahrain in February 2006 in an Asian Cup qualifying match.

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