Moving on in our series looking at next seasons Vanarama National League North opponents, we roll on to historic side, Chorley.\r\n\r\nFormed in 1883, the 133-year history of Chorley has been spent in non-league for their entirety, however they’ve picked up plenty of silverware on the way.\r\n\r\nAnother side who began as a Rugby Club, they made the switch to football and haven’t looked back since. In their early years the Magpies dominated the Lancashire County League and Cups winning over thirty honours.\r\n\r\nAlso entering the Cheshire Counties leagues, they managed to finish runners-up on three occasions without managing to secure the title.\r\n\r\nIt wasn’t until the 1980’s that Chorley really began to rise in non-league where they managed to secure the Northern Premier League championship in 1987.\r\n\r\nFast-forward to recent history and the Magpies reached the National League North following their Northern Premier League title win in 2014, and have since been chasing promotion to the National League.\r\n\r\nLast season saw Matt Jansen’s side finish in 8th and this year they will be looking to better that. City dented the play-off hopes of Chorley last term with a 1-0 away win as well as a goal each seeing the points shared at Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\nIt seems the Tigers were continuing their fine form against the side from Victory Park, having done the double over them in the 2014/2015 season with two 2-1 wins.\r\n\r\nBut just how have the side who City don’t seem to mind facing faired this summer?\r\n\r\nThe big news is that forward Darren Stephenson has left the club to join Tranmere Rovers for what is a club record fee. Stephenson managed to score 62 goals in 157 appearances since joining Chorley from Southport in 2012.\r\n\r\nComing in the other way is Accrington Stanley striker Marcus Carver, who had a loan spell at Victory Park in 2015. Matt Jansen will be hoping he can replace the goals they have lost in Stephenson.\r\n\r\nAlso arriving at the club is midfielder Josh O’Keefe, a former Republic of Ireland U21 international who comes in from relegated side Altrincham. O’Keefe played in the National League last season and is a superb capture for the club.\r\n\r\nAs is Stephen Jordan who has signed on, who six years ago made 19 Premier League appearances at Burnley and is vastly experienced in the Football League.\r\n\r\nOther names include Scott Leather, Matt Challinor, Sefton Gonzalez, and Adam Blakeman. With names who are known from higher divisions, this experience could be vital in a push for promotion.\r\n\r\nA tough opponent who will be looking to finally register a victory over the Tigers, we look forward to once again welcoming Chorley to Gloucestershire as well as visiting Victory Park.
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