Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hollywood Could Make Film Us - Chands; FA VASE FINAL: Whitley on Brink of History as Wembley Beckons

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hollywood Could Make Film Us - Chands; FA VASE FINAL: Whitley on Brink of History as Wembley Beckons

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Byline: LEE RYDER

IAN CHANDLER was in relaxed mood ahead of Whitley Bay's FA Vase final against Coalville Town, but admitted that one day his team's dramatic cup fightbacks might make him rich if he was ever to bump into a Hollywood scriptwriter.

The Hillheads legend has won the Vase as a player in 2002 and followed it up with wins as boss over Glossop North End in 2009 and Wroxham last year where, just for good measure, Paul Chow broke a Wembley record - the quickest strike at the stadium after just 21 seconds.

This year Chandler has taken charge of the Great Escapes against Herne Bay, Dunston and Poole Town, while last year's run included an Escape to Victory against Barwell which fired them two a second successive final.

Now he's looking for a triumph on another Any Given Sunday, but reckons that there could be room for a Life Of Brian flavour.

Chandler - whose team have been backed by Sage Software on the road to Wembley - told the Chronicle from the team's London base: "I think we would be a Hollywood writer's dream actually!

"We've come from behind a few times this season but if the truth be known we were 3-1 down and dead and buried at Barwell last year and came back to win - there's been last-minute winners to throw in there too.

"I don't think you could write scripts for some of the situations we get ourselves in. We were behind at Herne Bay, Dunston and Poole - it seems to be the way we do it, doesn't it? "The fans must think 'when are they going to score' and 'what time will we fight back'.

"It just seems to be the way it keeps panning out.

"A Hollywood film writer could easily write a film about us!" Chandler's gung-ho style of play has won many plaudits over the years at Hillheads with crowds rising to over 500 for Northern League games and up to a whopping 2,600 for Vase games, with his brand of football capturing the imagination of the Bay public.

However, he says his glory trail has been no bed of roses as he looks to succeed at the same stadium his team belted out We Are The Champions almost louder than Freddie Mercury did himself in 1986! …

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