Chorley FC was saddened to hear of the passing of former player Ian Humphries writes Josh Vosper. 

Ian joined the club in 1970 and enjoyed eight years at Victory Park in which he accumulated over 100 appearances. An exciting player, Ian combined brilliantly with the forward line and most notably helped the Magpies defeat Wigan Athletic in the Lancashire Junior Cup final in 1976. 

Prior to joining Chorley, he came through the junior ranks at Oldham Athletic with chairman Ken Wright who said: “We both played at Boundary Park together growing up, plying our trade in the Lancashire and North Regional League as it was called for reserve sides. Ian went into non-league football similar time to me, although he joined Chorley while I went to Horwich RMI. It was a real shock when I found out about him and let some of his ex-team mates know; Tony McMahon, Vernon Lang and Mick Wearmouth.”

Humphries was a cult hero during the 1970s and famed for scoring at Old Trafford against Manchester United during the Lancashire Senior Cup. He was also part of the famous FA Trophy run in 1977 which saw the Magpies defeat Wimbledon before bowing out to Dagenham & Redbridge. Wright added: “He was a tremendous character on and off the pitch. It’s also fair to say he was part of a very good Chorley side at the time and visited us after his career on many occasions with John Pearson. He was held in high regard as footballer on the pitch and a gentleman off it.”

The club were also sad to hear the passing of Jo Ecob, from Abrams Ashton in Chorley. The chartered accountants have been associated with the Magpies for numerous years. Chairman Ken Wright said: “She was a lovely lady and thought a lot about her association with the club. She was always someone you could speak with regarding any financial issues and happy to offer advice. The business has always sponsored games, the 200 Club and been there through thick and thin, always at the forefront which is testament to Jo and everybody else at the company.” 

Everybody at the club would like to extend their sincere sympathy and condolences to Ian and Jo’s family and friends at this sad time.

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