Every month, the members of the Magpies Trust meet at Victory Park and have their chance to vote on matters and ask questions directly to senior figures at the club & trust. Here's your questions answered for January 2023:
Q: What are the plans for the Butty Van (The one near the corner flag as you walk in)?
A: The Magpies Trust will be taking over the butty van in the near term after the club kindly offered this to us. It will initially be used for selling golden goals, 50/50 raffle tickets, match programmes and Trust merchandise. Importantly, it will provide the ability to make such purchases by card. We will trial things and see where it goes from there.
Q: Will live Sport still be shown on the screens in the social club leading up to 3pm?
A: Yes. The club have a subscription to BT Sports, so if a game is on, it will be shown. An example would be the Man United Vs Man City game which was shown from 12pm when we played Alfreton.
Q: Will the club look into pre-match entertainment for kids, things like face painting, Inflatable penalty shootouts, ect?
A: The club would love to have the resources to do this consistently, it’s finding the volunteers and staff to provide and organise it. Compared to staffing the turnstiles, stewarding, club shop, social club, PA, etc, this isn’t a priority right now.
Q: Any news as to why Jamie Vermiglio has been invited to the last few home games?
A: Jamie has been associated with the Chorley FC for over 20 years, so was invited by the club to come along after he departed from Buxton. He will always be welcome at Victory Park.
Q: Will the Mariners Bar sponsorship package be available for future home games given its success recently?
A: This was recently announced for the upcoming games in January and is likely to be available for all home games this season after the success at the Fylde game. More information about the Mariners Bar hospitality package can be found here:
Q: Can we build a replica Duke Street End stand on the left side of the pitch ?
A: Everyone at the club agrees that a stand on the left side of the pitch would be a great addition. However, there are significant costs associated with a new stand (£750k+) and there has been no communication or help from the council in regards to upgrading Victory Park infrastructure. The club continue to explore the possibilities of infrastructure investment, but are mindful that the council own the ground.
Q: What’s the realistic ambition of the club? Do they want to get to the English Football League or are they happy where they are?
A: Everyone at the club wants Chorley FC to be as successful as possible, with the first team as high in the football pyramid as we can go. With promotion to the National League in 2018/19, and the club sitting in the playoffs halfway through the 22/23 season, they feel we are continuing to push in the right direction.
That being said, they want to run the club sustainably and won’t gamble the club’s future by overspending for promotion.
If you'd like to attend the next Monthly Meet for February, make sure you've signed up as a member at magpiestrust.org/membership