Getting to know: Chichester City FC

Every year there is a club that makes national and international headlines due to their success in the famous FA Cup. It really is a tribute to the competition that it still elevates clubs into the national spotlight and proves that the magic of the FA Cup is still alive.

Social media also means that we see and hear more from the players than ever before and one club that has taken advantage of this is Chichester City.

The club has recently gone viral, with players and staff posting videos of them partying in a service station after qualifying for the first round proper of the FA Cup. Whilst the FA Cup can provide funding for the next year for a club, Chichester have instead gone above and beyond and made a donation from their earnings to saving another football club in Bury FC.

Since we started writing this article it has also been announced that Chichester have received a bye for the second round of the competition, the club they would have faced Bury FC are currently expelled from the football league due to financial constraints.

The BetVictor Isthmian League side have already won six games in the FA Cup to reach the first round and after receiving a bye will hope to meet a big club in the next round.

So just who are Chichester City FC? The first Chichester Football Club was formed in October 1873 and added the title of City to it’s name in 1948. The club’s original home was at Priory Park but established it’s present head quarters in Oaklands Park in the early fifties.

The current club however, was founded in the year 2000 following a merger of Chichester City and Portfield, originally going by the name Chichester City United. In 2009 they changed to Chichester City.

The last couple of years has been a very successful one for the ‘Lillywhites’, with the club winning the Southern Combination Premier Division in 2018/19 earning promotion to the Isthmian League South East Division.

Since promotion the club have adapted very well to the level and after 6 games sit 8th in the league with games in hand on the clubs around them, mainly due to their successful FA Cup run.

From Everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’, we’d just like to wish everyone at Chichester all the best for the coming seasons and we hope you get the draw you want in the next round of the FA Cup. #UpTheChi

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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