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Meat pie Sausage roll come on Chorley give us a goal

FGR ground as the Fog comes down  (photo Richard Scott)

FGR ground as the Fog comes down
(photo Richard Scott)

Us football fans we are a barmy bunch of people really. We go to great lengths to follow our team across the country even if we get beat every week.

Tuesday night was just one of those cases for me, well not getting beat.

My team, Chorley fc were away at Forest Green Rovers in an FA Trophy replay having got a memorable 0-0 draw against them on Saturday at home and we felt we could beat them.

This meant I just had to go to Nailsworth, where FGR are based, to cheer on the Magpies in the last 16 where a trip to Tamworth was awaiting the visitors.

Leaving the Market Town of Chorley at 1pm we surely had no chance of a victory. The law of physic surely must say that a higher league club will beat the lower league time at home in any game.

But we had a chance didn’t we? Once 6pm had arrived and the 51 Chorley fans that had made the 3 and a half hour journey to down the M6 and 42 we in The Green Man pub singing Chorley songs. It felt to be a Magpie.

The only downfalls was no programmes available. Sure that’s against FA ruling, but I will leave that too them and the fact the food was expensive and not meat products (hence the title Meat pie Sausage roll Come on Chorley give us a goal), but a Badger Pie, what the hell is one of them.

It’s a pasty with swede and Sweetcorn in it from what I was told- false advertising if there was ever one.

So onto the game. What a night it was to be Magpie, the home fans thought it was a fore gone conclusion that FGR were going to be making the trip up to Staffordshire for Tamworth.

However Flitty’s men battled hard and took their moneybag hosts into the break level with the loud vocal backing on the fans.

Come second half and not much a change really just Chorley looking good and were doing well to keep the host out.

Extra time was nerve racking, always is and the lads looked to be tiring, but kept going and then onto the shootout.

I wont describe it as there is a video below, which is not the best as the fog was coming down thick at that point.

The video starts just after Deano scored to put Chorley 1-0 up following Josh Hine and Matthew Barnes-Homer has missed their spot kick.

Apologies for the songs in the video but I make no apology for showing it.

But We’re going to Tamworth was the cry after the game from the Magpie and by all that had finished it was gone 11 when we got back on the bus to head home for a 3am arrival.

But what an amazing night was and the chant from the Chorley fans as FGR took their first penatly: ‘You will never beat Sam Ashton’ rang out true. Ok they only did once but Sam Russell was beaten once, twice and three times to give Chorley a win.

Time to rest my throat I think.


FA Trophy draw and reaction

The FA Trophy  (photo by Whitley Bay FC)

The FA Trophy
(photo by Whitley Bay FC)

On Monday lunchtime every non-league fan who team was still in the FA Trophy was glued to their computer screen and the FA website to see who their club had drawn in the FA Trophy 2nd round.

32 teams will play on the weekend 14/15th December to move one step closer to Wembley and the FA Trophy final.

For those who haven’t seen the draw on The FA website here it is.

1 Staines Town or Luton Town v Wrexham

2 Whitehawk v Basingstoke Town or Havant & Waterlooville

3 Eastleigh v Gateshead

4 Barnet v Coalville Town or Grimsby Town

5 Barrow v Maidenhead United

6 Gosport Borough v Nuneaton Town

7 Tonbridge Angels or St Albans City v Cambridge United

8 Guiseley v Bradford Park Avenue

9 Aldershot Town or Weston Super Mare v Worcester City or AFC Telford United 

10 Tamworth v Boston United

11 North Ferriby United v Woking

12 Whitstable Town v Ebbsfleet United

13 Leek Town v Hungerford Town

14 East Thurrock United or Dover Athletic v Leamington or Northwich Victoria

15 Braintree Town v Lincoln City

16 Chorley v Dartford or Forest Green Rovers

NB St Albans and Havent and Waterlooville have won their replays on Monday night.

The tie of the round should Luton win tonight is game one as they will welcome last seasons winners Wrexham who overcame Gresley from the Northern Premier League at the Weekend.

A tough battle is always expected between these two teams and the draw will have made it even an even bigger reason for Luton to go through.

But forStaines the thought of welcoming the winners of last seasons competition to The Wheatsheaf park will be massive and are no strangers to the big game having been in the first round of the FA Cup this season losing 5-0 to Brentford away.

Leek Town have a great tie in the face of welcoming Hungerford Town. It may not see like a massive tie for the Staffordshire side but it is certainly a winnable one for the Evo-stik Northern Premier League first division south side.

Hungerford do sit 8th in the Southern League but The Blues are at home and having seen off Brackley at home in extra time and Altrincham away.

But I do believe that Lee Casswell and his team can once again upset the odds.

For me personally I like the look of the last draw Chorley v Forest Green Rovers/Dartford.

Simply because as many of you will know I am a Chorley fan.

For a while the Magpies have craved a big team at Victory Park and while it may not be Luton or Wrexham at VP FGR and Dartford will be tough to beat but with the Magpies on a 12 match unbeaten run if they can keep the run up then I would fear for an upset if I was a FGR or Dartford.

Key info
Ties to take place 14/15th December 2013
Winners will receive £6,0000

FC United’s Matt Walwyn look at the draw against former club Chorley

The FA Cup draw has thrown up some interesting ties. But, the stand out is in the first qualifying round, as FC United Of Manchester will host Evo-stik Premier Division rivals Chorley FC.

There is just over 20 miles between the two club so, a number of players have played for both sides- James Holden, Simon Garner and Chris Amadi, just three names of former players to don the Black and While stripes of Chorley and the Red of FC United of Manchester.

Matt Walwyn, now of FC United Of Manchester- formerly of Chorley FC  photo by Richard Scott

Matt Walwyn, now of FC United Of Manchester- formerly of Chorley FC
photo by Richard Scott

Another one of those players is Matt Walwyn and the Non-league scene caught up with the tricky winger after the draw was announced. Here is what Walwyn first thoughts were on the draw: “When I checked our website to see who we had been drawn against and saw that it was Chorley.

“my first thought was that it’s a tough draw, Chorley always give us a good game, proving last year when they beat us at home (3-1).”

Last season FC United made the play off final but lost out 2-1 to Hednesford Town at Keys Park while Chorley just missed out on the end of season play off but the previous season both sides made the play off met in the semi final with FC United Of Manchester winning 2-0.

As Walwyn said the game will be tough for both teams and no doubt both teams will be challenging for promotion come the end of the season once again so is this a good draw for FC United or would they have preferred a tie against a lower ranked club say Bamber Bridge or Lancaster City: “Come the end of the season I expect to see FC UTD around the top positions with the likes of Chorley and Fylde, they both have very strong teams.

“so for our progression a lower team would have been ideal but, what ever the team your against, we all know the FA CUP can bring some memorable games.”

This summer Chorley have moved to sign FC United duo Jake Cotterll and Carlos Roca from the Gigg Lane outfit. While former FC United shot stopper Sam Ashton has made the move to Victory Park from Skelmersdale United.

All three will get a great reception according to Walwyn: “I think that they will get or hopefully get a good reception, I didn’t see much of Roca because of his injured but he is a very sharp and tricky winger.

“I was sad to Jake leave because I believe he is a quality player and should be playing higher, I think Gary will be able to improve him even more and he will fit into his team perfect.”

Walwyn spent the 2011-2012 season at Victory Park, the home of Chorley FC. At Chorley they were semi finalist of the Play offs and were winners of the Lancashire Co-Operative Challenging trophy so what are Walwyn memories of being at Victory Park?

“Being able to managed by Gary Flitcroft and Matt Jansen was quality, as they know how to get the best out of you. Playing in front of 600 plus week was a good memory too, the club has an amazing fan base.

“I think the favorite memory was my first away trip with the team when we won 4-3 and I scored the winner (away at Mickleover Sports after being 3-1 down), that goes down as my best highlight I think.”

But how does this compare to playing in front of an average of 2,000 fans at FC United Of Manchester? FC is a quality club, the club is run in a very professional way throughout from match days to training to the behind the scenes. Also you have the fans, being able to play in front of them every week without fail is an amazingly feeling.

“Even our away trip to Germany in May there was around 800 fans that travelled out to watch us play. That sort of dedication from the fans and club will only move the club forward in years to come, its just up to us lads to provide the results.”

The game takes place on Saturday the 14th September and is set to take place at Gigg Lane, where FC United are ground sharing and here is how Matt sees the game going: “It will be a tough game for both teams, but its got to be an FC win hasn’t it? What ever the outcome though I am sure it will be an entertaining game like always.”

The Full FA Cup draw can be seen on the FA website http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/News/2013/Jul/fa-cup-draws-201314.aspx

Q and A with Chorley winger Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis is a winger for Chorley FC having joined the Magpies from AFC Fylde earlier this year. Having previously played Morecambe, Tipton Town and Lancaster City.

The Non-league scene caught up with the tricky winger ahead of his first full season at Victory Park, the home of the Magpies.

First of all Paul, the new season is just round the corner how much are you looking forward to it?

I’m quite looking forward to it to be honest. I got married a couple of weeks after the end of the season, had a great stag, great day and great honeymoon, relaxed a bit but am ready to get back to kicking a ball now.

Paul Jarvis controls the ball ahead of the Buxton defender.

Paul Jarvis controls the ball ahead of the Buxton defender.

Pre-season has said to be a tough time for footballers, what are your thoughts of pre-season?

It always seems to never be as tough as you think it will be in terms of fitness sessions. The hardest thing is getting used to playing matches again compounded in pre season by playing against league teams who are fitter, stronger and play at a higher tempo.

For Chorley they were due to play your old club Morecambe before it was changed for Blackburn. How much were you looking forward to that game?

I was looking forward to it because I still have a lot of ties with Morecambe, plus my work were lined up to sponsor the game so it would have been the source of office conversation for a few days afterwards.

What was your time like at Morecambe?

As a pro at Morecambe it wasn’t the most enjoyable time of my career ~ they had just been promoted and were looking to stay in the league, so chances for the younger players were few and far between. It’s a shame really as that was not the case under the previous manager Jim Harvey, or seems to be with Jimbo, so I guess I was a bit unlucky in progressing into the 1st team squad when I did.

How pleased are you to see that Morecambe are establishing themselves in the Football League?

I’m glad because it’s a good club, well run, Jim is a great leader and they are competing against a lot of strong teams, so are doing well.

You joined Chorley in February from AFC Fylde what made you want to switch across Lancashire?

Many reasons ~ the history of Chorley FC, as a proper town team with a good fan base. Gaz (Garry Flitcroft) also made it clear he wanted me to be in his team, and was very positive when we spoke. Oh and I had been transfer listed at Fylde!

Last season was a poor one for Chorley how will the new season be for the Magpies?

I think if we carry on the way we left off from last season we will do just fine. We’ve added a few to the squad, we are a very close bunch of lads and staff who play for each other and enjoy it, in my opinion not many teams will be able to match us. I think top three is realistic.

Who are you looking forward to come up against next season?

Fylde of course, and FC United of Manchester.

Thanks for you time Paul and we wish Chorley FC all the best for the new season ahead.