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Some people look forward to a well-earned break when the football season is over – but not Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft.

The Magpies supremo has moved fast to make his first three signings for next season as the Victory Park outfit seek to be promoted from the Evo-Stik Premier League North.

The ex-Blackburn Rovers ace has snapped up FC Halifax Town midfielder Simon Garner, as well as highly-rated Kendal defender Kieran Walmsley and goalkeeper Andy Robertson from Trafford.

Meanwhile, Flitcroft’s assistant Matt Jansen found the “par-fect” way to relax after a strenuous training session or bruising game of football was to head to the nearest golf course.

The Chorley player-coach regularly pitched up at Pleasington during his time at Blackburn Rovers.

“I played with Callum Booth but he always used to beat me because he had a plus one handicap and I was off six,” he said.

“That’s now gone up to 12 because since I got married and became a dad I’ve not played as often.

“But Dwight Yorke, another team-mate at Ewood Park, took the money off me the other week when we had a game at Mottram Hall.”

Jansen is a member of the Cheshire club but he’s hoping to join nearby Wilmslow.

“I’ve not told the wife yet,” he joked.

Indelibly etched in his diary is the Chorley FC annual golf day at Shaw Hill on August 20, where he’s partnering Flitcroft in a four-man team in an event organised to boost the Magpies’ finances.

And he’s already got his eye on the star prize – a fabulous Nissan Juke. Maybe not a Jansen Interceptor, but it will do.

The car has been generously provided by Victory Park stadium sponsor The Chorley Group who will hand the keys to the first player to ace a nominated par three hole.

“It should be a fantastic event if my past experience has anything to go by.

“I played in one with Kenny Dalglish at Clitheroe a couple of years ago and he told me to drop my handicap because I was a bit of a bandit,” recalled Jansen.

“It’s great to get out on a golf course and Shaw Hill looks fabulous.

“I’ve not played it yet but I hope to squeeze in a round there soon.”

If you want to join in the action you are advised to book your place as soon as possible because the event is limited to 24 teams of four players comprising men, women or mixed.

The format is the stableford system with the best two scores on each hole counting

Shaw Hill has reduced the price of a team to £350 , which covers green fees, bacon sandwiches and tea or coffee on arrival, and a three-course evening meal .

You can enter on line at www.chorleyfc.com/golfday where you will also find more details on the day, or by picking up a form from the club office at Victory Park.

Extra guests for the evening meal, at 6pm, are welcome at a charge of £20 a head.

- Chorley are teaming up with a local pub to stage a four-day beer festival.

They are joining forces with The Spinners Arms at Cowling for the inaugural Thirsty Magpie Beer Festival, which will take place at Victory Park in July.

The event will feature more than 80 real ales and ciders, and a number of local bands have been lined up to provide live entertainment throughout the festival.

It will take place from July 12 to July 15.

Tickets will be available from the club and the Spinners shortly.