Adele-inspired Chorley cause FA Cup shock

A sixth-division team of part-timers will be in the fourth round of the FA Cup after Chorley knocked out a Derby side filled with youngsters due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The National League North team beat Wayne Rooney’s Derby 2-0 on Saturday to extend the northwest English club’s deepest progress in the competition as one of 32 remaining teams.

Like all sport in England due to the coronavirus pandemic, no fans were allowed into the tiny ground at Victory Park to witness the biggest result in the club’s 138-year history.

The goals came from Connor Hall in the 10th minute and Mike Calveley in the 84th, with the continuing cup run earning Chorley more than Stg 200,000 ($A349,626) from television and prize money.

Derby was without their first-team players and interim manager Rooney due to COVID-19 cases, forcing the second-tier Championship club to play mostly teenagers.

The soundtrack of Chorley’s progress in the cup has been Adele’s “Someone Like You,” which the players have been filmed singing in the dressing room after matches for videos watched by millions on social media.

Also in the Cup’s early games on Saturday, Premier League Everton only managed to eliminate Championship side Rotherham in extra time, with Abdoulaye Doucoure sealing a 2-1 win.

American defender Matt Olosunde had cancelled out Cenk Tonsun’s opener for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Boreham Wood, another semi-professional team, were less fortunate then Chorley as they lost 2-0 to Millwall, who join fellow Championship sides Norwich City, Nottingham Forest and Luton Town in the next round.

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