CHORLEY chairman Ken Wright believes the Magpies can use Accrington Stanley as their inspiration as they bid to enjoy success in Skrill North next season.
Chorley secured promotion on Saturday to climb out of the Northern Premier League for the first time since 1991, under the guidance of boss Garry Flitcroft.
The former Blackburn Rovers skipper has now helped the Magpies to two promotions in the space of three years, as well as lifting the Lancashire FA Trophy in 2012.
Chorley attracted a crowd of more than 2,000 to their final home game of the season and Wright believes there is still potential for the club to progress further and challenge for a place in the Skrill Premier.
“In life you’ve got to set goals and targets, and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility,” said the chairman.
“You look at Accrington, Morecambe and Fleetwood who have gone up there and even into the Football League.
“I can remember us playing Accrington not that long ago in the First Division of the Northern Premier.
“I think we can compete next season. We’ve got an excellent squad of players and we did well against Tamworth and Forest Green this season in the FA Trophy, and they are Conference clubs.
“We will look to add to the squad, because you can never stand still.
“When I became chairman my aim was to take the club back to where I thought it should be.
“The club have been in the doldrums but if we have a successful team we’ve always had a fanbase who will come out and support us.
“I was manager when we were last promoted to the Conference and I’m so delighted and proud to be here now for this promotion.”
Wright has paid tribute to the job done by Flitcroft, who is continuing to attract attention for his success at Chorley.
“A lot of credit has to go to Garry,” Wright said. “His persona has really galvanised our hopes, his application and professionalism.
“He’s won two promotions and a cup in his four years here, which is a great achievement.
“If there is interest in him that’s something we will have to live with.
“Garry wants to better himself and if he gets other offers it’s something he’ll have to consider.
“But I know at the moment he’s working so hard to take Chorley to as high a level as possible.”
The Magpies secured promotion with a 2-0 win at Buxton on the final day of the season.
“It was very tense all week,” Wright admitted.
“Then when you’re 1-0 up you’ve never over-confident, but we got the second goal late on. It was a great day.
“There will be more local derbies against Hyde, Stalybridge, Barrow and Altrincham, if they don’t go up.
“It’s great for the town and for local businesses and obviously it will help with attracting sponsors for next season too.”