CHORLEY FC chairman Ken Wright is hoping Garry Flitcroft’s trojans can help him fulfil his dream of winning the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.
The Magpies are one of the sides who have enjoyed the most success in the competition, winning it 14 times.
Their most recent outing in the final was in 2007/08, when Tony Hesketh’s charges lost 3-0 to Southport.
Wright was the chairman then, and he is backing Flitcroft’s side to end his personal hoodoo in the competition.
He said: “We have a great record in the competition, but from my point of view I have been to the final with Horwich once, and then Chorley three times, and never won.
“We will be going there to win the game, but the lads have to do a job. It will not be as easy as just turning up to bring the cup back.”
Victory at the Reebok Stadium would be even sweeter for Wright and Flitcroft, as they are both from Bolton.
Wright said: “They have been my team I supported when I was born and brought up as a kid.
“I get the chance to watch them and I look out for their results every weekend... as well as Chorley’s.
“The game is so local, and I think we can get a good crowd there to cheer on the team, which will make a difference.
“It will be good for the team to be playing on a decent surface, and the facilities are first class.
“I think it shall lift the players and give them something to look forward to.”
Ex-Blackburn Rovers star Flitcroft believes the Magpies will not take Kendal Town lightly on Monday night. He said: “We have a bit of a bonus because we don’t have a game at the weekend, as Kendal have matches on Tuesday, Saturday and then Monday.
“It means we will be a bit fresher than they will be.
“Kendal beat us 3-2 earlier this season at home, when we gave away some poor goals, but we will change that and we are looking for revenge.
“They have got a good side with some quality but we can be a match for anybody.
“There are a few links between the two clubs, as I know Lee Ashcroft well and he used to play here, while the goalkeeper Craig Dootson is from Adlington and played at a higher level.”
Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for concessions.
They are on sale from the association’s headquarters in Leyland, and from each finalist club.
Car parking is available at the Reebok Stadium and will be free of charge.
The Guardian are going to be covering the match so check out our twitter updates on @guardianchorley.