Latest NewsMurgatroyd looks back at replay

19th November 2018

by Josh Vosper

HERE WE GO AGAIN! That was the message in the local newspaper after Chorley came away with a draw in their FA Cup First Round Replay in 1986.

The game against Wolverhampton Wanderers was best remembered for heroic goalkeeping by Chorley shot stopper Ian Senior, who kept The Magpies’ cup dream alive and was a tower of strength throughout 120 action-packed minutes of football.

I’m sure many people will remember it lashing down for most of the game. The ground back then was under re-construction and there was a strange feel about it. Our goalkeeper Ian Senior had the game of his life under trying conditions and his handling was nothing short of exceptional. As you can imagine, the journey home on the team coach was very exuberant and we certainly fancied our chances in the second replay – former director David Murgatroyd

In a torrential downpour, Matt Forman gave Wolves a 29th minute lead with a header. Victory looked on the cards, but Chorley equalised just before the interval. The impressive John Hughes fed a glorious through ball and despite Wolves’ protests, referee Levatt allowed a fantastic goal. Paul Moss levelled with a clever lob as Vince Bartram left his line.

DM continued to reminisce..

I fondly remember our Chairman at the time, Bill Conway and he was highly delighted we were still in the competition. He was a brilliant person and the only thing he ever had in his mind was Chorley Football Club. Looking back at the players we had in the dressing room then there’s a lot of similarities to now. From the camaraderie to the never say die attitude on the pitch – all fighting for each other. That in my mind builds success and creates a winning environment

*Don’t forget, tickets for the replay at Doncaster on Tuesday will be available to purchase in the club shop from 10am-noon tomorrow and then from the Club Doncaster Academy Reception, next to the Keepmoat Stadium away end, until kick-off (7:45pm).




Chorley FC is a non-league football club based in Lancashire, currently playing in the fifth tier of the English football pyramid.

Founded in 1875 as a rugby club before converting to football in 1883, The Magpies have played at their Victory Park home since 1920, reached the FA Cup Second Round twice and won a record 18 Lancashire FA Challenge Trophies.



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