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Match details: Chorley FC V Torquay United – National League
Venue: Victory Park, Chorley, PR7 3DU
Date: Saturday 23rd November 2019
National League form (last 6):
Chorley : D, D, L, L, L, W
Torquay United: W – L – W – W – W – L
Last time the two teams met: As this is the first ever meeting between the two sides there have been no previous encounters.
Manager: Jamie Vermiglio
After three spells as a player with the club, which saw him make over 200 appearances, Jamie Vermiglio, 37, became manager of the Magpies in June 2018 following the resignation of former Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Jansen.
Since he retired from playing in 2014, Vermiglio had spent four as part of the backroom staff at Victory Park – taking on roles as coach and assistant manager prior to his appointment in 2018. His first season in charge proved to be a successful one as he guided the Magpies to promotion to the National League via the National League North play-offs, after they defeated Spennymoor United in the final.
One to watch: Nortei Nortey
With spells with Welling United, Wrexham, Solihull Moors and Dover Athletic under his belt, there is no denying that former Chelsea trainee Nortei Nortey has plenty of experience at National League level.
Whilst at Stamford Bridge he was a contemporary of Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah and even won a FA Youth Cup winners medal. Before signing for the Magpies, he had a trial with Bradford City in pre-season and has so far hit the ground running.
LAST TIME OUT FOR CHORLEY
A brief history of Chorley:
Chorley’s National League North play-off victory over Spennymoor United at the end of last season saw them return to the fifth tier of English football for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign.
Other notable achievements in their history include winning the Northern Premier League title in the 1987-88 and 2013-14 campaigns.
Notable former players include Mickey Walsh, who went on to play for Blackpool, Everton, QPR, Porto and the Republic of Ireland amongst others, and Paul Mariner, who after leaving the Magpies to sign for Plymouth Argyle in 1973 enjoyed a successful career with Ipswich Town, Arsenal and England.
Matt Challoner – Mark Ross – Courtney Meppan-Walters – Lewis Baines
Adam Blakeman – Martin Smith – Nortei Nortey – Elliot Newby
Marcus Carver – Charles Verna
Ben Wynter – Robbie Cundy – Kyle Cameron – Ramarni Medford-Smith
Kalvin Kalala – Matt Buse – Joe Lewis – Jake Andrews
Jamie Reid – Saikou Janneh
COYY – Steve