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Ground of the Week: Chorley Nissan Victory Park Stadium

This non league ground gets a big thumbs up for Ground of the Week. Find out why

Chorley Nissan Victory Park Stadium

by Stuart Croll (NonLeague Today)

The official name of the home ground of Chorley FC is The Chorley Nissan Victory Park Stadium and it is a great NonLeague venue.

FACT FILE

ADDRESS:
The Chorley Nissan Victory Park Stadium
Duke Street
Chorley
Lancashire PR7 3DU

Capacity 4,100 (900 seating)

GETTING THERE:
From M6, junction 27 (Standish)
Leave motorway, and head toward Wrightington. Take first turning right (next to garage) into Mossy Lee Road. Turn right into Boundary Lane (going over motorway bridge). Carry on along here (road changes to Pepper Lane) to end and turn right onto Preston Road (A49) and head toward Coppull. Follow signs for Chorley onto Spendmore Lane at first roundabout.

Drive along here following signs for Chorley. Once in Chorley, Spendmore Lane becomes Moor Road and then Pall Mall following traffic lights.
Just after the Plough Inn, turn right into Duke Street, then third right (after School) into Ashby Street.

From M61, junction 8 (Botany Bay)
Leave motorway and follow signs toward Chorley town centre along A6.
At the two round-a-bouts by B&Q, head across the first then the right exit at the immediate next. Go straight across the next 6 (six) round-a-bouts until you pass between Morrison's and the Ford garage.
You then arrive at  roundabout in front of the old Plaza cinema. Take third exit, then immediate first left into Duke Street. Then take the second left into Ashby Street.

Nearest Railway and Bus Station. (approx 0.5 miles) Both are located near the town centre on the A6 opposite one another.

The football club moved to its new stadium in 1920 and it was called Victory Park to celebrate the winning of the first world war.

Prior to 1920 the club played at three other venues.  The original home of the Magpies was in the town centre, on Dole Lane, near where the Chorley Little Theatre now stands.

After that they played at two grounds around St Georges Park before they moved to Victory Park just yards away from the previous two.

In August 1929 the first stage of covered terrace went up at the Pilling Lane end of the ground and three years later the club recorded their recorded attendance.

This was on November 15 1923 when 9,679 spectators turned up for the visit of Darwen in an FA Cup tie.

Disaster struck the club in November 1945 when the wooden main stand was destroyed by fire shortly after a crowd of over 4,000 had watched the Magpies beat Football League club Accrington Stanley in the first leg of an FA Cup first-round tie.

Before the fire was brought under control all the seating, the boardroom, dressing rooms and equipment were all destroyed.

Within two years though the club had built an impressive brick and wood stand and this remains the most prominent feature of Victory Park today.

Both ends have covered terraces.

The Duke Street Terrace is not architecturally the nicest and does have many supporting pillars but it adds to the grounds old-fashioned charm.

As does the opposite terrace ­ The Pilling Lane End Stand, the floodlight pylons and the grass banking which surrounds the rest of the venue.

There is little doubt that Victory Park is one of the best NonLeague grounds to visit for fans of old-style stadiums.

last updated: 15/10/2008 at 14:09
created: 06/10/2008

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