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MATCH PREVIEW | Southport v Chorley

Chorley (8th, 34pts) make the short trip to the seaside on New Year’s Day for the return leg of their festive double-header against Southport (21st, 23pts) at Haig Avenue, writes Alex Birch

The Magpies will be hoping for better luck this time around against the struggling Sandgrounders after drawing a blank on Boxing Day, a game that could easily have gone the home side’s way.



“If we’re clinical in the final third we win the game. We’ll be full of confidence going to their place on New Year’s Day” - Matt Jansen talking to Harry Lyons


Team news

Stephen Jordan could return after being rested, but Josh Wilson sits out the final game of his three-match ban. Sam Ashton continues his rehab from long-term injury on loan at Evo-Stik Division One North side Kendal Town. Midfielder Ian Black has left the club.



Blanked: Boxing Day was the first time in 11 outings the Magpies had failed to score. On the flipside, the 0-0 draw was the third consecutive clean sheet recorded in the league.

Winless: Southport’s streak of draws and defeats stands at 19 games, with the Chorley tie being their first clean sheet since September 2.

New Year: The Magpies last victory in the opening match of a calendar year came in 2014 when they defeated AFC Fylde 3-1.

Leaky: The Sandgrounders have conceded a National League North second-worst 24 goals at home this season, and at least two goals in each of their last nine games at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Hope: Since joining from FC United at the start of December forward Jason Gilchrist has scored five goals in four starts for Kevin Davies’ side.


Match day (01/01/18)

Kick off at the Merseyrail Community Stadium (PR8 6JZ) is 3pm.

Admission costs £15 adults/£11 concessions for seating and £13.50 adults/£10 concessions for standing. All 12-to-18-year-olds pay £5 and accompanied under-11s are FREE.

Programmes are £2.50.  

Parking is on the surrounding streets, subject to council restrictions. KGV College offers parking for £2 and is a five minute walk.

SOCCER SCHOOL | New venue for New Year Soccer School

A CHANGE of venue has been arranged to ensure that the Chorley FC Soccer School which takes place from January 2nd – 5th will happen, whatever the weather!

Parklands High School in Chorley will now host the Soccer School which will now have a 3G astro facility and sports hall for the youngsters to use.

Open to both boys and girls aged 5 to 12 years old, our holiday based courses are highly popular for children of all abilities.

Giving participants the chance to learn the fundamentals of the beautiful game, with professional coaches, Chorley FC Community Trust coaches provide a safe environment for children to learn new skills and improve technique whilst having lots of fun at the same time.

All the youngsters taking part will also be given a free ticket – one adult and child - to the Chorley FC v Harrogate Town game on Saturday January 9th.

The cost for the four day event is £25 which begins with registration from 9am and the coaching and games begin from 10am until 2pm with a lunch break on site.

Youngsters are asked to wear suitable clothing for the event and bring a change of clothes, packed lunch and water each day.

All existing bookings will be transferred across, and there are still places remaining so please contact us below to book your child’s place.

The full address is Parklands High School, Southport Road, Chorley, PR7 1LL. Registration is in the Sports Hall.

To book call David Murgatroyd on 07804 145055, the club on 01257 230007 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEDIA VACANCY | Opportunity to work in the Magpie's Media Department

An exciting opportunity has become available to work within the media team at Chorley FC, as we look to increase our production of match day content.
A reliable and committed person is needed to film all first team home matches at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium, and then edit the footage into a package to send to the League. Filming of the post-match interview with the manager, Matt Jansen would also be required. All camera equipment and training into how to edit the footage correctly will be given. 
This is a voluntary role, but is a fantastic opportunity to work within the expanding media team at a club which is growing both on and off the field.
Anyone who is interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. registering your interest in the role, along with your CV. 

LATEST NEWS | A tribute to Bob Blake

Chorley FC are saddened to learn of the death of Bob Blake, a dedicated Magpies supporter of nearly 70 years.

A lifelong supporter, 81-year-old Bob followed the club through thick and thin since a child - going to matches both home and away with his mother and father, including the 1986 FA Cup matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Bob’s daughter Gill paid tribute to her dad saying: “Dad absolutely loved watching Chorley. I’ll always remember he used to wave his stick in the air and shout at the referee. He followed the club as a child with his mum and dad and made so many nice friends over the years. We’ll still be coming to matches as a family and were at the match on Boxing Day against Southport.”

Bob’s wife Jean also added: “The FA Cup matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers stand out and his favourite players over the years were Graham Barrow and Paddy Waddington.” On the passing of Bob, Commercial Manager Josh Vosper said: “Bob was a popular figure at the club and will be sorely missed. I’m sure we’ll all have our own memories, but he was a friendly face and always stopped for a chat. A stalwart along with Jean and we send them all our love at this sad time.”

A minute’s applause was held for Bob prior to kick off on Boxing Day against Southport and everyone at Chorley FC would like to pass on their condolences to Bob’s family. 

COMMERCIAL | Kick off the New Year in style

We have availability in our 1883 Lounge from the start of 2018 for games against Harrogate Town (6th January), Kidderminster Harriers (9th January) and North Ferriby United (27th January). So why not start the year in style? A fantastic two-course meal will be available on the day for supporters to enjoy followed by another 90 minutes of enthralling football viewed from seats in the main stand.

The package includes: 

  • Complimentary drink on entry - choice of lager, bitter, cider (pint), glass of house wine or soft drink
  • Two course menu including Chef’s dish of the day 
  • Complimentary matchday programme and team sheet 
  • Table service from our pay for bar including champagne, spirits and premium wine list
  • Private table dining for all customers 
  • Matchday player/management Q&A 
  • Discount for on the day purchases in the club shop 

We pride ourselves on delivering the very best hospitality experience for all our guests, ensuring a truly memorable day. The cost is £35 per game or book a table of ten for £300 + VAT. If you are a season ticket holder then why not upgrade for £20 on the match of your choice. 

For more information or to book please call: 07773 688936 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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