The problems at Blackburn Rovers and for under-fire boss Steve Kean will not have eased after his side's 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Newcastle. Whilst Rovers were doing battle in the North East a significant number of their travelling fans headed for a much shorter journey that the 140 miles to St James Park travelling the 12 miles to Victory Park instead.
The near gate of 1,300 was getting on for 500 better than Chorley's average and considerably more than they would have received for this fixture normally with North Ferriby bringing a handful of supporters on the trip from Humberside. The Rovers fans who made the gesture at least watched a win for a change - as Chorley ran out 2-0 winners to keep their promotion bid on track.
There was plenty of vocal support from the crowd for former Rovers favourites, Gary Flitcroft and Matt Jansen the manager and coach at Chorley these days. The additional revenue is a big boost for Chorley who were hit earlier in the season by the loss of over £50,000 through financial irregularities. The Club and supporters alike have been digging deep to make up the shortfall and the gate against North Ferriby is more than welcome.
The Chorley faithful showed generous appreciation to those Rovers fans who attended with a round of applause.
Prior to saturday, Chorley's previous biggest gate this season was the 1,091 that saw the Boxing day game against Kendal Town.