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Chorley: 10 Things

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 27 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

Chorley FC are currently managed by former Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers striker Matt Jansen. The forward enjoyed a successful career coming close to representing England against Paraguay but was side lined by injury. Jansen’s most prominent achievement was when he played a part in Blackburn’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur to win the 2000-01 League Cup Final.

The club was originally a rugby club but decided to change to a football club in 1883, the switch was made after seven years of pressure.

A fire broke out in in the main stand in 1945. The stand was wooden but was evacuated beforehand but the fire still destroyed valuables and facilities such as the dressing rooms.

Chorley have some impressive score line wins in their history, thumping Morecambe 14-1 in 1946 and then as recently as the 2012-14 season The Magpies put Droylsden FC to the sword with a 13-1 mauling.

The clubs record scorer is Peter Watson whose quite frankly ridiculous ability in front of goal saw how notch 372 goals for the club in between 1958 and 1966.

Chorley were one of the founding teams of the Northern Premier League back in the 1968-69 season.

Mickey Walsh featured for Chorley in 1970, he then went on to score the goal of the season winner for Blackpool against Sunderland in 1975, wrapping a fantastic finish from outside of the box into the top corner.

35-year-old Stephen Jordan is currently plying his trade with Chorley. The defender was on the books at Manchester City for 8 years before being released in 2007. Jordan also featured for Huddersfield Town and Rochdale among others.

The club fell into financial troubles in 2011 after an official was arrested and bailed on suspicion of stealing more than £50,000 from the side. The club had to delay payment for their players but did launch a campaign to try to encourage local businesses to invest.

Finally, former member of pop group Liberty X Kevin Simm is from Chorley. That wraps up this week’s ten things, apologies to those who were left wanting just a little bit more.



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