25 January 2021

Chorley and Wolves last met in the FA Cup in 1986, when the Magpies were victorious against Wolves in a historic 3-nil win in the first round. Could history repeat itself?

This Sporting Memories reporter will leave match reports to the professionals. The match ended 1-0 to Wolves, but as The Guardian reports, it was a Chorley performance to be more than proud of:

"Ultimately for Chorley, the biggest night of their 138-year history ended in defeat here, but for 90 engrossing minutes, you could barely split two sides separated by 111 places on the footballing pyramid. European Championship winner João Moutinho and Mike Calveley? Equals. England international Conor Coady and young striker Connor Hall? Equals."

The Guardian, 22 January 2021

Two days prior to the match, Chorley FC revealed they were donating the left sleeve of their match kit to Sporting Memories. Chorley FC Community Foundation runs a weekly Sporting Memories Club, and so it was a proud moment for the Club's members, volunteers and everyone at Sporting Memories when the team ran out onto the pitch.

The Chorley FC kit and logo

Photographs by Stefan Willoughby

The coverage Sporting Memories received as a result, for both Chorley FC's Sporting Memories Club and the wider organisation, was widespread, across social media and on matchday broadcasts.

Chorley FC Community Foundation appeared on BBC Breakfast that morning, while volunteer Keith McIntosh appeared on talkSPORT radio in the afternoon – to talk about Sporting Memories and his FA Cup predictions.

During the match itself, BT Sport (who televised the match) mentioned the work of Sporting Memories in the first-half commentary, while BBC5Live did so at the end of the match, praising the community spirit of Chorley.

We extend our thanks to everyone who made this possible, notably Chorley FC owners, executives and Chief Executive, and Chorley Sporting Memories Club volunteers, including Keith McIntosh and Ian Wilson.

Additional thanks

Sporting Memories extends a special thanks to the Chorley FC owners, directors and the Chief Executive for a pitch-side board promoting the Chorley Sporting Memories Club and a page in the match programme.

Keith McIntosh says about the board: "This was a tribute and memory to my great friend and the former CFC Life President and Founding President of the Chorley and Leyland Sporting Memories Groups Brian Pilkington."

Brian Pilkington, photograph courtesy Keith McIintosh