Help secure and improve a traditional non-league football ground that hat is currently being targeted by mindless vandals.
The first ten donations of £250 or more will receive one of the fantastic pink shirts worn by the team when we lifted the Lancashire Challenge Trophy in a frame, read our Week Four update for details.
About the project
Chorley FC is an association football club from Lancashire and have been playing the beautiful game since 1883.
Over the decades the club have experienced some highs but many more lows on the pitch. From knocking Wolverhampton Wanderers out of the FA Cup and playing in English football’s fifth-tier in the 1980’s to almost going out of business more than once and flirting with relegation on far too many occasions.
Following the appointment of Garry Flitcroft as manager in 2010 things on the pitch have been spiralling in an upward direction and we are currently chasing a third promotion and are about to play in a third cup final under his tenure.
However, despite the success on the pitch, off it things haven’t gone smoothly.
In 2011 a ‘trusted’ employee stole over £70,000 from the club, monies Chorley FC will never be able to recoup. However the local community rallied and the club not only survived but the sense of togetherness that was born from this near disaster has gone a long way to help the club continue to grow.
The Magpies play at Victory Park; home of the club since 1920, it was named to commemorate the end of the Great War. It is regarded by many as one the most atmospheric and traditional non-league grounds in existence, but time and a prolonged period of vandalism is catching up with the famous old ground.
In the eleven months up to February 2015 vandals have struck on no fewer than SEVEN occasions. These break-ins have costing the club in the region of £50,000 in repairs and replacing equipment, money that could otherwise have been spent on team strengthening, much needed ground maintenance and improvements as well as community projects the club are embarking on.
Living in a near 100 year old traditional stadium brings its own problems; and they’re never cheap. The £120,000 mentioned above, the equivalent of a Premier League players weekly wage, would go a long long way in non-league football.
Two years ago the main stand roof was replaced following storms which nearly ripped the old structure off. The operation was complicated by the fact that the stand, being built in 1947, contained plenty of the material of the day, asbestos. This has now all been removed, disposed of properly and a shiny new roof keeps those that who like to sit at the match dry on a wet Saturday afternoon.
However, the roof of the terraced stand which runs the full width of the pitch on the Duke Street school end the ground has been condemned as it’s only the rust that’s holding it together! The roof is to be removed in the summer and with no funds available to replace it the winter of 2015/16 could be a very wet one for those that prefer to stand!
Chorley Football Club and its supporters are asking you for help! All funds raised by this campaign will go entirely to OFF the pitch improvements and the security of the ground; not a penny will go toward the team.
Please help us save our great old stadium!