Historic day as Chorley wins title and takes club to two steps from the Football League

CELEBRATIONS: Champagne corks pop as the team celebrates with fans

CELEBRATIONS: Champagne corks pop as the team celebrates with fans

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Chorley Football Club has won the Evo-Stik League Premier Division title and been promoted to the Skrill North Conference League for the first time in 26 years.

More than 1,200 Magpies fans had a day to remember on Saturday when they travelled to Buxton to see their team clinched the title in the final minutes of the season.

After the drama of Easter Monday when Chorley’s 4-0 victory over Marine was not enough to clinch promotion, fans faced an agonising wait for the final day with a win required at the quiet Derbyshire spa town.

People of all ages made up the ‘black and white army’ which cheered on the Magpies toward their first league title since 1988. After a tense first 40 minutes as news of title rival FC United leading filtered through, Chorley scored just before half time through Josh Hines.

But the victory was only sealed with four minutes left in the tense 90-minute game when Hines stroked home the ball to send fans delirious with joy. The match ending 2-0.

At the final whistle Chorley were crowned champions of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division by just one point.

What a way to complete their 130th anniversary celebrations.

The end of the game saw hundreds spill on to the pitch to congratulate the team and there then followed joyous scenes as popular captain Andy Teague lifted the trophy.

The champagne flowed and the singing continued long into the night.

The planning starts now for the assault on the Skrill North where the Magpies will host clubs such as Chester, Stockport County and Altrincham.

Council leader Alistair Bradley echoed the sentiments of many when he said: “Well done Chorley FC on a fantastic season.

“They did the town proud not just on Saturday but throughout the past year.

“The team is really putting the town on the map.”

Chorleyfc.com later named their man of the season as manager Garry Flitcroft who has gained two promotions, one title and one cup in just four seasons.

They described him as a ‘legend’.

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