Magpies boss Jamie Vermiglio hopes his Chorley team's cup exploits have given people across the country and beyond something to look forward to during Covid-19 pandemic

Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio believes his team's remarkable FA Cup run has been an inspiration to all.

By Craig Salmon
Saturday, 23rd January 2021, 10:34 am
Updated Saturday, 23rd January 2021, 11:42 am
Harry Cardwell in the thick of the action for Chorley against Wolves
Harry Cardwell in the thick of the action for Chorley against Wolves

The Magpies run to the fourth round of the competition has come at an unprecedented time in modern history with the world engulfed by the Covid-19 and its devastating consequences.

Every one of their six games in the competition has unfortunately been played behind closed doors.

As Vermiglio has mentioned on several occasions, their away wins over 2013 winners Wigan Athletic and League One high-flyers Peterborough United in the opening two rounds followed by the home victory over Derby County would have resulted in a mass pitch invasion from their supporters.

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And Victory Park would have been packed to the rafters on Friday night to watch the non-league part-timers take on the might of Premier League Wolves.

Unfortunately, the Magpies could not extend their fairy tale run as they exited the competition to Nuno Espirito Santo's men narrowly thanks to a 12th minute wonder goal from Vitor Ferreira.

But their performance earned the admiration of everybody watching as they pushed the top flight side, whose starting XI boasted more than 250 international caps between them, all the way.

In truth, the home side were the better team in the second half and John Ruddy had to be alert to repel headers from Connor Hall and Andy Halls.

While disappointed the FA Cup dream has ended, Vermiglio believes his side's performances have been a huge positive for ordinary people at such a difficult time.

As a headteacher of a primary school in Warrington, he has seen first-hand how the run has captured the hearts of his pupils and the same could be said of children in Chorley and beyond.

"The great thing about this is we have touched many different people - it's not just the people of Chorley or the players and their families," Vermiglio said.

"We have been contacted by people from much further afield, people in many different countries.

"We are living in such difficult times with not that much to look forward to.

"When you see people on the television who you know or you can associate with, I think it's brought a lot of people together.

"It has been wonderful this run for the kids at my school and other kids up and down the country.

"They have seen these players who have got jobs but have given themselves this opportunity.

"The kids at my school in particular, they have been really inspired.

"I think if we weren't going through Covid and the children wouldn't be stuck at home, they would be going to their own football training or gymnastics or dance classes on Friday or a Saturday and would probably be missing the games.

"They have not got a lot to do and I know a lot of them have been tuning in to the games.

"They have seen me doing interviews and have been doing their own interviews and writing their own newspaper articles."