“In ten years time it will say ‘Chorley made history by beating Derby’, it won’t say under 23s” – Arlen Birch on FA Cup history and the showdown with Wolves

Ellesmere lad Arlen Birch wrote his name into FA Cup history on Saturday as he helped his Chorley side overcome Championship outfit Derby County.

The Victory Park men beat County 2-0 to book a spot in the FA Cup fourth round.

For some, it wasn’t seen as a huge achievement as the Rams were forced to play their under 23s side due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the first team.

But for former Burnley man Birch, that took none of the gloss off the result and he admitted in ten years time all it will say is, ‘Chorley beat Derby County’.

“It was a great occasion and a great result, and everyone saw the scenes in the changing rooms after the game,” said Birch.

“It is massive for the club, huge. It is history really.

“In a few years time it will still say Chorley won in the FA Cup third round, and it will say we beat Derby County, not the under 23s.

“So it is still a massive achievement and everyone at the club is delighted.”

As they have done after every game in the FA Cup this season the Chorley players were filmed belting out a rendition ‘Someone Like You’, by Adele.

Every time they have attempted to get a like or a comment from the singer herself by posting the video on social media, and their third round heroics seem to have done the trick.

“It was surreal. We posted it to her after Wigan and we got nothing, then Peterborough and we got the same, and then she liked this one,” explained Birch.

“I think it was something like the first thing she had liked since joining Twitter, which is a bit crazy really.”

Chorley can now look forward to a mouthwatering fourth round tie with Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers later in the month, a club the Magpies beat 3-0 back in 1986.

Beyond that, they could potentially face either Southampton, Shrewsbury or Arsenal, depending on results in other ties.

But Birch and his team mates aren’t getting ahead of themselves.

The defender added: “It is a great draw. A mate of mine is the grandson of Wolves legend Ron Flowers, so he was on to me straight away after the draw.

“To get any Premier League club is massive for us, it is a huge draw.

“If we beat them it’ll probably be the biggest upset there has been, then beyond that there is already the fifth round draw.

“But we aren’t silly or naïve enough to be getting ahead of ourselves.

“It’s back down to earth now. We were all back to work today and then it is back to the bread and butter of the league against Leamington tonight.”

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