same name, Chorley FC are one of the oldest clubs in the region, and have had a couple of close brushes at glory. Formed in 1875, they played the first eight years of their life as a rugby club, before good sense prevailed and they switched codes to to the proper version of football in 1883. Their very first game saw them beat present-day Premiership outfit Wigan.
Garry Flitcroft, although they have two players in their history who have become even more notable. In the 1960/61 season striker Peter Watson set a record that is still to be beaten in the senior game, scoring 71 goals in a single season - 57 of them in the league. That he did it in the lower leagues shouldn't in any way diminish his achievement. But perhaps their most famous player is their former keeper Archibald Pinnell who played for them between 1894-98. Despite having played for Everton, Preston and Plymouth, he may not have had the most distinguished footballing career, but a photograph taken of him in the Chorley strip has gone on to be one of the most iconic images ever taken of the Victorian English game.
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