Chorley

The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium

Capacity: 4,100 (Seats 900)
Address: Duke Street, Chorley, Lancs, PR7 3DU
Telephone: 01257 230007
Fax: 01257 275662
Club Nickname: The Magpies
Year Ground Opened: 1920
Home Kit: Black and White Stripes

Rangletts Rec Main Stand
Rangletts Rec Main Stand
Duke Street Terrace
Duke Street Terrace
Pilling Lane End
Pilling Lane End
Ashby Street Terrace
Ashby Street Terrace
Looking Towards The Pilling Street End
Looking Towards The Pilling Street End
Victory Park Gates
Victory Park Gates

Well the ground maybe showing its age in parts, but it is certainly full of character and one that is well worth a visit. Named in commemoration of the winning of the First World War, Victory Park was opened in 1920. The Main Stand located on one side of the pitch was opened in 1947. It is covered seated stand, which has an area of terrace in front of it. The seated area is raised above pitch level meaning that spectators need to climb a set of stairs to access it. The stand itself doesn't run the full length of the pitch, being around two thirds of its size. It does have some supporting pillar pillars that run across the front of the seated section and has a couple of strange looking floodlight pylons that protrude from its roof. Recently the roof was replaced with a new brighter white covering which has enhanced its appearance. The team dug outs are also located in front of this stand. 

Opposite the Main Stand, is the open Ashby Street Terrace, which in fact is just a flat standing area, running down the side of the pitch. There are a row of small floodlight pylons that are situated just beyond it, with a grassy bank behind these. Apparently at one time fans used to stand on this grassy bank, but alas no more. At one end is a small covered terrace that sits directly behind the goal, which is called the Pilling Lane End. Unusually it has quite a high roof for such a small area, and it oddly does not have any open terrace to either side, but has instead grassed areas. At the other end is a more substantial sized terrace, the Duke Street Terrace. This end had a new roof put on in early 2016. As well as giving some much needed cover, it has also helped boost the atmosphere within the ground. However it does have a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. Also of interest is the stadium entrance which has some wrought iron work gates.

For most games at Victory Park, fans are not segregated. If segregation needs to be put in force then then the Pilling Lane End, is allocated to away fans. This consists of a small covered terrace that runs for around a quarter of the width of the pitch and is situated directly behind the goal. It does have some supporting pillars along the front that could impede your view. There is also a small flat standing area running behind the pitch perimeter wall. 

There is the Victory Social Club at the ground which welcomes visiting supporters. Otherwise a few minutes walk from the ground on the Pall Mall Road is a small pub called the Plough. If arriving by train then near to the station is the Railway Inn, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. The nearby town centre has a number of pubs including a Wetherspoons outlet on New Market Street. 

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Leave the M6 at Junction 27 and take the A5209 towards Standish/Chorley. On reaching a small roundabout with an Esso garage on the left, take the 1st exit into Chorley Road. Follow this road until its end where you will reach a T-junction that has a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto the A6 towards Preston. At the next roundabout take the first exit towards the town centre and then take the immediate left into Duke Street. Then take the second left into Ashby Street and the entrance to the ground is down on the right. There is little car parking available at the ground itself, so mostly a case of finding some street parking.

Chorley Railway Station is situated around a half mile away from the ground and takes about 10-15 minutes to walk. The station is served by trains from Preston, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, the latter is about a 40 minute train journey away.

As you come out of the main station entrance, turn left and walk up the station approach road to the main dual carriageway. Cross over the dual carriageway via the pedestrian crossing to the other side and turn left. Go straight on at two roundabouts, passing a KFC on your right and a Morrisons Store on your left. At the third roundabout where there is the Eagle Hotel pub on the far corner, turn right into Bolton Street and then take the immediate left into Duke Street. Then take the second left into Ashby Street and the entrance to the ground is down on the right.

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can save on the price of train tickets.

Click on the trainline logo below:

Adult £10
Over 60's £7
Under 17's £5
Under 11's Free

Official Programme: £2.50

Bamber Bridge and in the current league FC United and AFC Fylde.

Record Attendance

9,679 v Darwen FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, 15th November 1932.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 1,003 (Conference North)
2014-2015: 1,163 (Conference North)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Steve Barker for providing the photo of the Duke Street End at Victory Park, Chorley.

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Updated 21st August 2016

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