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Chorley boss dreaming of an away tie at Anfield

Jamie Vermiglio: “If you can organise it, I’d like Liverpool away”

MAN of the moment Jamie Vermiglio is dreaming of an away trip to Anfield for a tie against Premiership champions Liverpool in the next round of the FA Cup.

The former Killarney Celtic and Killarney Athletic player, now aged 38, guided unfashionable non-league side Chorley FC to a shock 2-0 victory over a young Derby County side in yesterday’s third round of the blue riband competition.

And now he is hoping his team will be plucked from the draw drum alongside Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded side in the fourth round.

Jamie, part-time manager of Chorley and a full-time head teacher in a primary school, was born in Liverpool and he has always been a big supporter of the reds.

Jamie’s uncle John Vermiglio, (left) who was a goalkeeper for Killarney Celtic, celebrates an over 35 cup success with team-mates including James Cahill, Diarmuid O’Donoghie and Pat O’Neill in 2000

Asked who he wants his team to face when the fourth round draw is made on Monday night, Vermiglio left nobody in any doubt: “If you can organise it, I’d like Liverpool away,” said Vermiglio, who lined out for Killarney Celtic in the Kerry District League during his playing days and later lined out with town rivals Killarney Athletic.

He lived with his parents, Frank and Pam, lived in Killarney for some time – Jamie went to school in St Brendan’s College – before the family moved back to the UK. Jamie’s uncle, John Vermiglio, has been part of the Killarney Celtic set-up for many years, as a player and a manager.

Even though Derby County manager Wayne Rooney was forced to send out his under 23 side against Chorley – the senior panel was in Covid-19 isolation – the victory was still a massive achievement for sixth-tier National League North side Chorley and it was the first time reaching the fourth round of the cup in the club’s 138-year history

“I’m ecstatic. It’s a really proud moment for me and the club. It’s unreal, just amazing,” Jamie said.

Vermiglio was a mainstay in the Killarney Celtic side in 2000 when he lined out at the right side of midfield with his team-mates including Stefan McMahon, David Hayes, Tony Huggard, Karl McMahon and Joe Joe Fleming.

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