Victory Park (Chorley)

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Victory Park
Victory Park.JPG
Full name Victory Park
Location Chorley, Lancashire, England
Coordinates 53°38′43.98″N 2°37′45.14″W / 53.6455500°N 2.6292056°W / 53.6455500; -2.6292056Coordinates: 53°38′43.98″N 2°37′45.14″W / 53.6455500°N 2.6292056°W / 53.6455500; -2.6292056
Capacity 4,100 (900 seated)
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1919
Opened 1920
Tenants
Chorley F.C.
Preston North End Reserves
Chorley Borough (1988-89)
Chorley Lynx (1989-96, 2001-04)

Victory Park is a football ground in Chorley, Lancashire, England. The home ground of Chorley F.C., it opened in 1920.

History[edit]

Victory Park

Chorley originally played at Dole Lane (now the Coronation recreation ground), but moved to Rangletts recreation ground in September 1901. Victory Park was built adjacent to the recreation ground in 1919 and was opened in 1920. It was named Victory Park to commemorate the end of the First World War. The original grandstand was gutted by fire on 17 November 1945, just hours after an FA Cup tie against Accrington Stanley, with a new stand being built in May 1947 at a cost of £5,500.

Chorley's record attendance for a game at Victory Park is 9,679 for a FA Cup tie against Darwen on 15 November 1932.

Rugby league[edit]

Springfield Borough moved to Victory Park in 1988 and became Chorley Borough RLFC. They played there for one season before moving to Moss Lane, Altrincham and adopting the name Trafford Borough RLFC for the 1989-90 season. This caused a boardroom split leading to the creation of a new Chorley Borough rugby league club based at Victory Park. Chorley's first game was against Trafford Borough in the Lancashire Cup in front of 628 spectators. The record attendance at Victory Park was 2,851 for the visit of Oldham in January 1990.

The club went through a variety of names 'Chorley Chieftains', 'Chorley Magpies', 'Central Lancashire' (non playing period), 'Lancashire Lynx', and finally 'Chorley Lynx'. In 2004 Chorley Lynx folded due to poor attendances and the withdrawal of funding by backer Trevor Hemmings.