James Dean: A goalscorer with a huge FA Cup cause

James Dean in action for Halifax Town against Leigh Genesis
James Dean in action for Halifax Town against Leigh Genesis

Prolific striker James Dean is eagerly anticipating Chorley’s FA Cup fourth-qualifying round tie against Halifax Town this Saturday.

Crowd favourite Dean has stolen the hearts of the Magpies fans with his impressive displays leading the line.

Previously, Dean was also a big favourite with the Halifax fans after spending three seasons at The Shay.

Now, as the sides battle it out for a place in the first round proper of the world’s oldest cup competition, Dean admits everything happens for a reason.

He said: “It’s exciting to have Halifax at Victory Park. I sort of had a feeling I would play them again and when the draw came out, it didn’t surprise me.

“They are a good side and they have improved year on year but we have an advantage by being at home.

“We showed last year we can compete against the big sides – Forest Green Rovers were favourites to go up and we beat them on penalties in the FA Trophy.

“Halifax won’t under-estimate us. I know the manager Neil Aspin well and he will have done all his homework.”

Dean has a record of scoring against former clubs, in particular AFC Fylde.

Many fans on social media are tipping the big striker to find the net on Saturday.

Players often refrain from celebrating against former employers but Dean admits he isn’t sure what will happen if he nets.

He added: “I have thought about the record I had and scoring against old teams.

“I won’t go out on Saturday to harm the Halifax fans or management but if I score the winner late on or we win, I think it will be hard to contain my emotions.”

Tickets are now on general sale for Saturday’s tie.

The club shop is open from 10am till 8pm Tuesday to Friday for tickets.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, with over 60s and young adults (17-21) priced at £7, ages 12-16 are £5 and 8-11 are £2. Under-8s are free.

If the game isn’t a sell out fans can pay on the gate at £10 for adults and £7 concessions.