The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Chorley FC And The Evostik League Play-Offs

Chorley FC finished the season in third place in Division One North of the Evostik League, and the inimitable Mark Critchley was there to watch – if not exactly remember – their play-off semi-final against Curzon Ashton. Ever pondered over whether a cake can epitomise a whole town? If so, help yourself to psychiatry. If not, then cock your ear. Hundreds of years ago last Tuesday, one man took a region’s most celebrated moist delight, the Eccles cake, and thought he could improve upon it. If it ain’t broke, knick it. After all, every burgeoning entrepreneur can be afforded a swipe at success and swipe that man did – dusting the hallowed sugar coating off the top; unveiling it as his own ‘Fly Pie’ and somehow rendering that lump of viscous dough-smash even less palatable than it already was. That man, some say pioneer, was from the Lancashire town of Chorley and his sobering, denta-friendly revolution slab became known as ‘the Chorley cake’, available from all good patisseries and petrol stations to this very minute. Ever since then it seems the town has only followed his methods to the teaspoon. Chorley steals everything that’s sweet in life, and knocks the sugar off the top. From spending my childhood growing up there, I know that. And yet, vogue though it may be for guilt-laden, socio-economically comfortable sorts to exaggerate the...

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