Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper/Stefan Willoughby
Dale Whitham has brought a near decades-long association with Chorley to an end after signing for National League North side Alfreton Town.
The Magpies longest serving player has been at Victory Park since 2010, but after limited opportunities last season, the 27-year-old is making the Impact Arena his new footballing home.
It’s with a heavy heart that I’m leaving Victory Park and it was a very tough decision for me to make. The club has been a massive part of my life but I have to look forward and the new challenge at Alfreton is one I can’t wait to get started with. I’d like to offer a massive thank you to all the Chorley fans for supporting me over the last decade and I wish Vermo and everyone connected with the club the very best for the new season – Dale Whitham
The midfielder made 364 appearances during his time with Chorley, scoring 69 goals. His last outing came as a substitute against Altrincham in April after spending much of the second half of 2018/19 on loan at FC United of Manchester.
Dale has been a big part of our club for a long time and it will no doubt feel a little strange when he’s not around at the start of pre-season. He’s such a fantastic player with terrific character, and despite finding himself out of the side a lot last season he never once complained about his lack of game time. We offered him the option of staying on for a 10th season but he felt at this stage of his career a move for more guaranteed first team football was his best option. Although we’ll miss him I’m delighted he’s been able to find a good club to move to and he’ll no doubt have a strong season for Billy Heath. Dale will be forever part of the Magpie Family – Jamie Vermiglio
Everyone at Chorley FC would like to wish Dale all the best for the new season and beyond.