January 27, 2024

MATCH PREVIEW | Farsley Celtic

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Since the torrential rain abruptly ended our football calendar for 2023 at home to Spennymoor Town, our away fixture at Hythe Town in the FA Trophy and the elements have continued to stunt our progress in the league. Tuesday night’s home defeat to Chester was a setback but as Andy Preece outlined post-match, the Magpies are in a very strong position and we hope the players use this for confidence going into today’s home fixture with Farsley Celtic. There has been a number of changes in the squad with the expiry of Marco Rus’ loan move and the recall of Jack Moore from his loan move, we would like to wish both players well on their return to their respective clubs. David Moyo, struggling for minutes on the pitch, has made a loan move to Spennymoor Town, and similarly, we hope he enjoys his time in the north-east. Today’s opponents from Yorkshire have always provided us with an intriguing fixture and go into today’s game having beaten high-flying Scarborough Athletic 2-0 last time out, last week’s away fixture at Peterborough Sports having been cancelled. The Celts just beat the drop last season, and manager Clayton Donaldson has to be happy with his outfit’s current fourteenth-place berth, nine points off the drop-zone. They will be heading to Victory Park this afternoon full of confidence.

Farsley Celtic's playing record in the National League North for 2022/23 was:

20th. Played: 46. Won: 12. Draw: 14. Lost: 20. Goals For: 51. Goals Against: 75. Points: 50.


Head 2 Head:

Saturday 29th October 2023 – Chorley 4-3 Farsley Celtic.

Saturday 18th February 2023 – Farsley Celtic 0-0 Chorley.



Marley Blair – 23 years old, midfielder. Previously with Keflavik IF in the Icelandic Premier League.

Jordan Carroll – 22 years old, midfielder. Recently of Flint Town.

Clayton Donaldson – 39 years old, head coach and player. Scored 19 goals last season for Gainsborough Trinity in the Northern Premier League.

Rudy Misambo – 29 years old, defender. Most recently of Lancaster City in the Northern Premier League.

Conor Branson – 31 years old, defender. Recently of Alfreton Town.

Ryan Watson – 31 years old, midfielder. Signed after recently representing Scarborough Athletic. Clocked up 152 appearances for the Celts before.

Ben Atkinson – 27 years old, midfielder. Spent last season at Liversedge in the Northern Premier League. Returns to the Citadel after making 171 appearances previously.

Darren Stephenson – 30 years old, striker. Former Magpie, joins after leaving Chester.

George Smith – 26 years old, left back. Recently with Guiseley and a loan spell with Liversedge in the Northern Premier League.

Žan-Luk Leban – 20 years old, goalkeeper. Slovenian U-21 International on loan from Everton.

Harry Sheridan – defender. Permanent signing from Trafford FC.

Chima Anyiam-Osigwe – 18 years old, defender.

Jack Leckie - 20 years old, defender. Joins on loan from Hull City.

Harvey Rowe – 20 years old, defender. Joins on loan from Bradford City.

Dylan Youmbi – 20 years old, forward. Joins on loan from Bradford City.

Jack Evans – 25 years old, midfielder. Signed from Merthyr Town.

Michael Coulson – 35 years old, striker. Previously with Scarborough Athletic.

Sam Leverett – 21 years old, midfielder. Previously with Swansea U-21s.

Stats and information compiled by Martin Ramsbotham are correct at the time of publishing.

Trust Matchday Information:

We are looking forward to welcoming the fans of Farsley Celtic, and we hope they have a pleasant trip to Victory Park.

We have a comprehensive matchday Visitor Guide which can be consulted here.

At our matchday headquarters we sell:

  • Trust Membership - It's just £10 per year, or you can purchase online.
  • 50/50 tickets - These can also be purchased online here.
  • Golden Goal – Today’s Golden Goal sponsor is: The Railway Hotel.
  • Pin Badges – Also available online here.

Visit our online store to see what else we can offer.

We’d like to express our gratitude to The Railway Hotel for sponsoring today’s Golden Goal draw. If you enjoy your match day experience, tell your friends and bring them next time. If you don’t, tell us and we will do our best to make sure your next visit is what you would have expected the first time.  

Part of our role is to ensure the supporters are happy around Chorley Football Club and Victory Park.

Enjoy the game.

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