Rovers fans to the rescue

Garry Flitcroft. Pics by Stefan Willoughby
Garry Flitcroft. Pics by Stefan Willoughby

CHORLEY FC’s manager Garry Flitcroft could be forgiven for thinking he’s been transported back to Ewood Park days next month.

Flitcroft used to captain Blackburn Rovers and on January 7, a group of their fans have pledged to attend Chorley’s home game with North Ferriby United.

They’ve decided to go to Victory Park as an alternative to watching Rovers in the FA Cup at Newcastle.

Originally set up by protesting Blackburn fans, the plan is to raise as much money for the Magpies and organisers want to hand over a cheque to Flitcroft to help their financial plight.

One of the organisers, Glen Mullan, said: “When we heard that Chorley needed money we wanted to help especially with the links to Blackburn with Matt Jansen and Garry being former players.

“We will be protesting but there is not going to be any trouble as we want to show our concerns.

“Our manager has already forfeited one competition so we are going down to support a local club.

“It is just a money game and Chorley are just one of the grass roots clubs that are being affected.

“We are looking to help them as much as we can by getting a few thousand people down to Chorley.

“I know that some of the supporters have been down to the ground already to support the club.

“Despite being season ticketholders at Blackburn we are not going to be paying the reduced price to get into the game.”

The supporters club have also set up a PayPal account online to try to get Blackburn Rovers fans around the world to donate money to Chorley.

He said: “Just after Christmas a lot of people do not have money but we are hoping that they can continue to donate.

“Blackburn have fans as far away as Bangkok and we think that they could spend some money on a local club.

“Garry has said that Chorley needs £20k to survive and we hope to be able to raise that figures.

“If not we are convinced we can get halfway.”

It is three weeks since the Guardian launched the ‘Save the Magpies II’ to try to get local businesses to donate money to the club.

It came after boss Flitcroft lifted the lid on the Victory Park outfit’s financial problems and how they could not afford to pay the players.