Manager speaks on the crisis at Victory Park

chorley_rushall25 - Garry Flitcroft at full-time celebrates beating Rushall Olympic 1-0.
chorley_rushall25 - Garry Flitcroft at full-time celebrates beating Rushall Olympic 1-0.
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Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft has issued a heartfelt plea to supporters and local businesses to support the Magpies amid reports of a financial plight at Victory Park.

Flitcroft has guided the Magpies into the Evo-Stik Premier League North and saw them beat Northwich Victoria 3-1 in midweek and draw 2-2 with Whitby on Saturday.

However, the Guardian reported last month that directors and business tycoon Trevor Hemmings had pumped £15,000 into the club.

Now, the ex-Blackburn Rovers ace fears they have more worries around the corner without help.

“It has been well documented that the club has had some major financial problems over the last few months and there is a limit to what I can say on that because of an ongoing police investigation.

“However the reality is the club has been plunged into a major crisis and, despite the best efforts of Ken (Wright) and the board, those problems aren’t going away.

“There is a big hole in the budget and we are facing a major battle to fill the void. Last week we couldn’t afford to pay the players in full because the club faced a major demand from the Inland Revenue. We are facing a similar scenario this week because we also have another outstanding tax bill to pay.

“The situation is as serious as it gets and we urgently need some help to overcome the problems we are facing.

“I know times are tough at the moment but we urgently need everyone who cares about Chorley Football Club to get behind us at this very difficult time. I can’t stress enough how important that is.”

Flitcroft added that he is having to streamline his squad to survive. He said: “I’ve already had to release some players because of the situation we find ourselves in. Over the last few months Chris Haworth, Nathan Fairhurst and Lee McEvilly have all left the clu and more could follow.

“The sad thing is this is a time when we should be kicking on as a football club and enjoying the success we are having on the pitch. Instead, we are having to work tirelessly just to keep the club afloat.

“It breaks my heart to see what’s happening because we have all put so much work into getting the club where it is today.

“The lads have worked so hard for me and we have a fantastic chance of winning promotion again this season if I can keep the squad together.”

In September the club’s accountant Philip Haslam was arrested by police on suspicion of theft and false accounting.

- In 2006/07 the Guardian launched a campaign called ‘Save Our Magpies’ and we’re planning to relaunch it. If you can help call Guardian editor Chris Maguire on 01257 264911 or email christopher.maguire@lep.co.uk