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Giant-Killing FA Cup Manager Has Strong Links To Kerry

Giant-Killing FA Cup Manager Has Strong Links To Kerry

The whole 'magic of the cup' thing is probably a bit overdone in modern football, but there was a genuine feel-good story during yesterday's FA Cup action.

Chorley FC, who play in the sixth tier of English football, managed to knock Championship side Derby County out of the competition. The result does with the caveat that Derby could not play their first team squad due to coronavirus related issues, but it is quite the story nonetheless.

The players involved certainly enjoyed the occasion, belting out a bit of Adele in the dressing room to celebrate the win.

There was also an Irish connection to the game.

Chorley manager Jamie Vermiglio lived in Kerry during his youth, lining out for Killarney Celtic for a number of years.

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In fact, his parents and uncle still live in Killarney up to the present day.

Speaking after the game, the teacher and part-time manager admitted he would love a trip to Anfield in the next round.

If you can organise it, I'd like Liverpool away.

I'm ecstatic. It's a really proud moment for me and the club. It's unreal, just amazing...

The amount of effort to make sure the game went ahead was incredible. We had volunteers sleeping here overnight using hairdryers and kettles to make sure the game was on.

His side now go into the hat for the next round, where the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City await.

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