Match Preview: Chorley FC vs Bradford (Park Avenue)

It’s all to play for on the final day of the season in what should be an exhilarating fixture for both sets of fans.

With just one point separating Chorley from top of the league Stockport, the Magpies have to better Stockport’s result in order to be crowned champions.

With the Hatters away to rock bottom Nuneaton Borough, it looks to be a tall order for Chorley to gain automatic promotion, but with nothing to play for, Nuneaton may be just the banana skin the Magpies need.

Regardless of the result at Liberty way, Chorley will still need to best a determined Bradford side, who come into the game looking to secure a chance at promotion via the play offs.

Avenue supporters will be keeping a close eye on the fixtures at Bootham Crescent and Croft Park as Bradford will need to either match Telford’s result against a strong York City, or better in-form Blyth’s result against Southport.

With everything to play for, it’s not a fixture to miss. Get to Victory Park and get behind Bower and the boys on Saturday. Make The Difference. Be the 12th Man. Be #ProperBradford.

Read on to find out more about the opposition and what to expect on the day.

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Head To Head: Last 5 Games

Date Competition Venue BPAFC Chorley FC Result
27/10/18 League Home 1 0 Win
02/04/18 League Away 0 2 Loss
28/08/17 League Home 0 0 Draw
15/10/16 League Home 0 3 Loss
16/08/16 League Away 0 3 Loss
Win Draw Lose
BPAFC 1 1 3
Chorley FC 3 1 1

Knowing The Opposition



Age: 25

2018-19 games/goals: 43(3)/16

Chorley games/goals: 164/41

Former clubs: Accrington Stanley, Marine, FC Halifax Town, Barrow & AFC Fylde

A popular figure since joining The Magpies on a permanent basis from Accrington in 2016, following a successful loan spell. A willing runner with energy to burn; scored the opener during the FA Cup first round tie with Fleetwood last season.



Age: 30

2018-19 games/goals: 33(10)/14

Chorley games/goals: 81/25

Former clubs: Northwich Victoria, Vauxhall Motors, Guiseley, FC Halifax Town, AFC Fylde & AFC Telford United

Plays across the midfield or as a forward. A technically gifted footballer who hit double figures for The Magpies during the 2017/18 season (his first for the Club). The cousin of Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton.

Ground Guide

If you’re visiting Chorley for this weekend’s match, here’s all the info we think you need to make the most of the day.


Admission is £12 adults, £9 over 60s/NHS/first responders/armed services, £7 students (with valid card), £5 12-to-16s & FREE for accompanied under-12s.

Turnstiles, usually at both ends of the ground, open approximately two hours before kick-off.

Food & Drink

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a pre-match drink in the social club, which is situated on the left of the main entrance after the turnstiles. The bar provides a friendly pre and post-match atmosphere where you can enjoy a pint while watching live football on TV (subject to availability).

As for food, The Magpies Nest serves a selection of hot and cold snacks, plus their famous butter pie. Why not try one with peas and gravy?

Match day Programme

Magpie Review is available is available from sellers around the ground, priced £2.50. They are also on sale in the Club Shop from midday on match days.


With the limited parking at Victory Park reserved for players and officials, the most convenient place to park is just off Pilling Lane, with spaces costing £3 on a first-come-first-served-basis. Car parks in the town centre are generally FREE after 5pm on weekdays/1pm on Saturdays and street parking is available too, but please respect the neighbours and don’t block or cause obstruction to driveways.

For those of you using public transport, Chorley train and bus stations are an easy ten- minute walk away. 

Town Centre

Chorley boasts a great selection of micropubs dotted around the town centre, all worthy of a visit. Notably The Ale Station, Shepherds’ Hall Ale House, The Bob Inn, Toastie Tavern, The Shed and Bootleggers. All are within a half-mile stroll of the bus station.

That stroll would also take you past other real ale pubs well worth a visit, notably Chorley’s club sponsor The Crown Hotel. After its recent transformation you can’t miss the new bright orange exterior!

We hope you enjoy your afternoon with at Chorley, and if there is any information you feel is missing from this guide don’t hesitate to drop the Chorley media team a line on Twitter or Facebook (@chorleyfc). 

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