FRESH IN | Chorley

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 07 Jun 2019

Wrexham will next season face six new sides with the League Two relegation and National League North/South play-offs now confirmed, here we continue the series by taking a look at a not so familiar side at this level in Chorley.

How they got here

After a sensational 2018/19 campaign, Chorley battled through the National League North play-offs after missing out on the title on the final day of the season. The Magpies had led the race for the top spot for a large chunk of the season but on the final day had to hope Stockport would slip up to give them a chance. However, they were consigned to the playoff meeting Altrincham in the semi-final before seeing off Spennymoor in the showpiece. 

The Gaffer

Manager Jamie Vermiglio has been a resident 'jack of all trades' at Victory Park having had three stints as a player amassing 200+ appearances for the club before retiring from playing in 2014. Still just 36 years of age he's worked as a coach, assistant manager and took over as first-team manager in June 2018 after the resignation of Matt Jansen. Vermiglio's stability proved to be a solid choice as the club icon led them through a fantastic season that would end in promotion. 

Ones to watch

Goals were spread across the side last term but top scorer Alex Newby - who notched 12 - will want to continue his fine form. Still aged just 23 the fine-eyed marksman has had stints previously with Clitheroe with whom he was spotted and made a move up the non-league ladder. Alex isn't to be confused with twin brother Elliot, who also plays as a forward for Chorley - they'll be two players to keep an eye on for Wrexham's defenders when we meet in the next campaign. 

Haven't we met before?

This season will be our first competitive fixture although we have met before in pre-season matches. The last of which was at the end of July 2017 with the game ending in a 1-1 draw, Scott Boden giving Wrexham the lead before the host levelled at Victory Park.

The Ground

A gritty old-school ground, Victory Park was built and named after Britain's victory in the First World War. It's seen plenty of good and bad times over the years with a particular lowlight coming November 1945 when a fire broke out and destroyed the main stand after over 4,000 saw them take on Accrington. The biggest crowd at the ground was just shy of 10,000 when they played host to Darwen in an FA Cup tie in 1932, whilst their biggest ever victory - 14-1 over Morecambe - at the ground occurred in 1946. In more recent years the ground played host to last years National League North play-off final where they earned promotion on home soil.

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