sport news Under the covers with Chorley groundsman who slept at the stadium to help ...

Saturday was a massive day for the club but my celebrations were not exactly wild. I was asleep on my sofa by eight o'clock!

It had been such a huge task to get the game on, it took all week. I was shattered. 

Everybody knows now that we slept at Victory Park on Friday night and that is one of the reasons why I don't think I would want to work in professional football - I enjoy the hard work of trying to sort out a decent pitch, that challenge. The weekend was definitely a challenge.

Chorley groundskeeper Ben Kay went above and beyond to ensure their  FA Cup tie was on

Chorley groundskeeper Ben Kay went above and beyond to ensure their  FA Cup tie was on

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Kay was forced to sleep over at Chorley's ground to make the pitch playable for Saturday

Kay was forced to sleep over at Chorley's ground to make the pitch playable for Saturday

The game was in serious, serious doubt on Thursday night. There was a bit of a panic. Snow was forecast, there was another inch of it 24 hours before the game.

We had contractors in to put a tent covering the pitch on Tuesday. It was on there right until kick-off. I was still marking the pitch 10 minutes before the match. Derby were warming up with one fifth of the tent still on the surface. Unbelievable. Any normal game would have been off.

We had realised at 8pm the night before that we had to stay over, to keep these small little heaters moving on problem areas. We put the floodlights on but were only allowed those until 10pm because the ground is in a residential area.

Chorley's head groundsman, Kay, has spoken to Sportsmail after his team's historic win

The issue with the tent was that you need to anchor the stakes down but we didn't have anything to reinforce them, so the tent was not as tight as possible. The corners of the tent were flapping; frost was still hitting the ground. We had to get those heaters on the areas where the tent flapped.

At 10pm, the big generator sending hot air broke. Disaster. The contractors got on to their engineer, who happened to be in Derby, but he'd enjoyed a few drinks and couldn't drive. It's a good two-hour journey and he turned up with a friend who had driven him there! He fixed it within 10 minutes and we were back up and running at 2am.

I got a FaceTime video call from the manager, Vermo -

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