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REPORT | Magpies win in atrocious conditions

Chorley weathered the atrocious conditions to secure their fourth home league win of the season against struggling FC United of Manchester on Saturday afternoon.



Chorley FC have announced they’ll be supporting another team this season, Chorley Magpies. The local netball side is made up of students, office workers and housewives who have been playing together for the last eight years. Last season they finished a creditable fourth in Division Two at Witton Park, Blackburn.

Captain Lorraine Nicholls said: “The name ‘Chorley Magpies’ was suggested because we all live in the town. I approached the football club a few seasons ago, asking if we could use their name, which of course they were happy for us to do so. I have worked in the office at Duke Street Primary School for over 20 years, which is adjacent to Victory Park and it is great to be involved with the football club.”

Although this season the netball team contacted the Vanarama National League North side, asking if they could provide kit for the team. Lorraine explained: “We was struggling with sorting a kit this season, so I thought I’d ask the club for support. They have been more than helpful and paid for brand new dresses from their new kit manufacturer, EV2 Sportswear.”

Club Development Officer Gerry Luczka said: “There’s always been a strong desire to make the local community an integral part of the club. When the netball team contacted us, we was more than happy to help them out and used The Football Conference Trust money we received last season to provide support. We intend to keep working with local teams such as this and also schools to deliver more football coaching activities as well as offering a range of sport programmes during the holiday breaks.”

Magpie In The Spotlight ...


Marcus signed for the club on a permenant basis in the summer fo 2016, following a successful three month loan spell earlier in the previous season.

He made eleven starts and eight substitute appearances in black & white, netting twice (against Nuneaton Town and Hednesford Town) before returning to The Wham Stadium during 2015/16.

A product of Stanley’s youth system, Marcus shot to prominence in the youth team in the 2011/12 season and then shone during loan spells with Marine, Halifax Town and Barrow but still made 44 appearances for Stanley in the full-time game, netting four times.


He also manages Accrington based St. Joseph's Ladies FC who last season won promotion to the Lancashire FA Women's League Division One.He brings plenty of experience to Chorley even if it is only for the short term as he signed from Accrington Stanley initially on loan for a month.

FORMER CLUBS: Accrington Stanley, Marine (loan), FC Halifax Town (loan), Barrow (loan), AFC Fylde (loan), Chorley (loan)

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