A FORMER Killarney Celtic player is the talk of the soccer world this Saturday after a non-league side he manages dumped Wayne Rooney’s Derby County out of the FA Cup.
Jamie Vermiglio is the first team boss at unfashionable Chorley FC who booked a place in the fourth round of the cup with the 2-0 win over the Rams.
He watched on in delight from the sidelines as his players capitalised on the fact that Championship side Derby had to line out with a very young and inexperienced side due to an outbreak of Covid-19 which forced Rooney and his entire first team squad into isolation.
Playing at home in the 3,700 capacity Victory Park, Chorley took the lead after 10 minutes and they added another just before the final whistle to keep their amazing cup dream alive.
Born and reared in Liverpool, Jamie, whose uncle John Vermiglio also played with Celtic, spent some time in Killarney after his parents, Frank and Pam, moved to the town but they have since returned to Liverpool.
He moved to back to his native England to pursue his huge interest in football and he played with a number of clubs, including Chorley, Scarborough and Telford United.
Now a head schoolteacher, he became a key member of the backroom staff at Chorley when his playing days ended and he took over as manager of the Lancashire club, who play in the National League North – the sixth tier of football in England – in 2018.
Today’s victory guarantees the club a much-needed big pay day and progressive in the cup could earn them as over £200,000 in television rights and prizemoney.
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