Magpies have proud play-off record

Chorley skipper Andy Teague
Chorley skipper Andy Teague
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The Magpies are just one win away from the top tier of non-league football.

If Chorley succeed against Guiseley tomorrow in the Conference North play-off final in front of a raucous home crowd at Victory Park, they will seal their third promotion in five seasons.

Since former Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Garry Flitcroft was appointed as manager in the summer of 2010, Chorley have enjoyed a remarkable rise up the football pyramid.

A NPL First Division North play-off final victory over arch rivals AFC Fylde set the ball rolling in Flitcroft’s first season in charge in 2011.

Despite one failed play-off attempt in the Premier Division in 2012, Chorley secured promotion to the Conference North last year when they were crowned champions.

And an excellent first season at this level has culminated in them reaching the play-off final, where they will be hoping to complete the job tomorrow.

The remarkable aspect of Chorley’s success is that many of the players signed by Flitcroft in his first season in charge are still integral members of the squad.

Players like club captain Andy Teague, Adam Roscoe, Mark Ross and Dale Whitham have all played a major role in the Magpies rise up the divisions under Flitcroft.

“When I signed four-and-a-half seasons ago, the gaffer said this club’s a sleeping giant and he wanted to get the club as close to the Football League as possible,” Teague said.

“Now we are just one win from the highest point in the non-league pyramid.

“It’s an incredible achievement what the club has managed to do and all the lads.

“There is a nucleus which has been there for a few years.

“People like myself, Mark Ross, Adam Roscoe, Dale Whitham – there’s Jamie Vermiglio also, who is on the coaching staff now.

“We are all mates off the pitch.”

It is set to be an intriguing encounter tomorrow as the two teams have recent knowledge of each other.

On the last day of March, Chorley beat the Lions 1-0 at Victory Park but, less than three weeks later, the Yorkshiremen gained revenge with a 2-1 victory at Nethermoor Park.

It is the fifth successive season that Guiseley have reached the Conference North play-offs.