Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio sad family could not share FA Cup joy
There is not too much boss Jamie Vermiglio would change when he reflects on his Chorley team’s memorable run to the FA Cup fourth round.
After beating fellow National League North outfits Gateshead and York City in the qualifying rounds, the Magpies then went on to famously knock out Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United and Derby County.
Having never been past the second round of the competition before in their 138-year history, the Magpies’ bid to reach the fifth round was ended by Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers courtesy of a narrow 1-0 defeat.
Other than changing the result of their clash against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, Vermiglio would not alter anything – apart from being able to share the joy of the incredible run with the supporters and also the people closest to him.
His wife Carla, son Sam and daughter Emily are his biggest fans and they have not able to attend the games and share the euphoria due to the strict Covid-19 protocols which are in place.
It is particularly disappointing for Sam, who barely missed any of the games before the pandemic. “My little boy Sam comes with me to all the games,” said Vermiglio.
“He’s not been able to come to any of the games this season and just the thought of him being on the pitch with me at Wigan and Peterborough and the Derby and Wolves game – he’s missed out and my family have missed out.
“I have had to leave my wife and my kids at home to go to one of the biggest things which ever happened in my life.
“It’s something that I am extremely passionate about but I’ve not been able to share the moments with until I have got back.
“That has been really difficult and quite emotional really when you do think about it.”
Now that the dust has settled on the Magpies’ amazing cup run, they will hope to turn their attentions to continuing their rise up the league table.
Unfortunately, the campaign has been postponed for two weeks and doubts remain as to whether the season will continue.
The Government has informed clubs that £11m to cover expenses from January to March will be in the shape of loans not grants.
Clubs are now set to vote on whether the season should be scrapped as the vast majority of them will not accept the money as loans.