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Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft aware of fans' hunger

17 February 11 16:28 GMT

Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft has said the Evo-Stik League club's supporters are a major part of their current success.

Chorley, who lie second in First Division North, host leaders Chester on Saturday with a crowd of more than 3,000 anticipated.

"When I came into the club I had a vision of what I wanted to do," Flitcroft told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"The potential is here, especially when some league clubs have gates of 2,000."

Flitcroft started his playing career with Manchester City, before joining Blackburn Rovers for £3.5m in March 1996.

He began his management career with Leigh Genesis in 2009, but left to join rivals Chorley before the start of the current campaign.

And after swiftly turning around the fortunes of the club who reached the FA Trophy semi-final in 1996, the former midfielder believes the foundations are in place to develop them further.

"Families are now coming down with their children and that's what it's all about," said the 38-year-old.

"At the time I arrived they had average attendances of 250. People were telling me how big the club was fan-base wise and I knew if we got it right the crowds would return.

"We've already had crowds of 1,200 and 1,000 this season and when we were in the Conference we were getting crowds of 2,500 so the potential's always been here."

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