Chorley FC appeal over mystery pitch invader

An image of a man Chorley FC bosses want to trace following an incident during the game against AFC Fylde
An image of a man Chorley FC bosses want to trace following an incident during the game against AFC Fylde

A mystery pitch invader is facing a lifetime ban.

Chorley Football Club bosses are appealing for information following an incident during their league game at the weekend.

Club officials have released a picture of a man they claim ran onto the pitch.

The incident took place at AFC Fylde’s Kellamergh Park on Saturday.

A fan ran onto the pitch shortly after Chorley scored their second goal in the Magpies’ 3-1 win.

After a short delay, a fan was escorted off the pitch by officials from both sets of clubs. The pitch invader now faces a lifetime ban from both Chorley FC and AFC Fylde.

A Chorley FC club spokesman said: “This kind of behaviour is not acceptable at any level of football.

“It is, in fact, an offence for a person to encroach onto the playing area at any designated football ground in the country.

“We would like to know the name of this individual who encroached the playing area after he gave a false name.

“His actions clearly demonstrated that he is not a true supporter and he has tarnished our reputation.

“He now faces a lifetime ban and will be prosecuted for trespass should he enter or attempt to enter our ground in the future.”

James French, AFC Fylde chief executive, added: “We thank Chorley for their cooperation. It was an unfortunate incident and the fan is also banned from our ground.”

A spokesman from Lancashire Police said they were not investigating the incident as a criminal matter.

If anybody has any information they are asked to call Chorley FC on 01257 230007.