WARRINGTON headteacher Jamie Vermiglio is gearing up for the test of his football managerial career.

He will have the chance to pit his wits against the big boys when his record-breaking non-league Chorley side host Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers on their home turf tomorrow, Friday, in the FA Cup fourth round, kick-off 7.45pm live on BT Sport 1.

And after already knocking out Football League outfits Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United and a youthful Derby County to go beyond the second round for the first time, the 38-year-old Locking Stumps Primary School head says the belief in his troops means there is ‘a chance’ of his side pulling off their biggest cup upset yet.

With the Magpies being the lowest placed side left in the competition, eyes will be on them and their manager to see if they can continue their fairytale journey.

Form is on his side, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s team failing to win any of their last six Premier League games, while Vermiglio has used the cup exploits to get his side firing in their National League North campaign.

They have won nine and drawn three of their last 15 outings.

The romance of the cup strikes again as well with Vermiglio having the chance to repeat the heroics of Chorley’s 1986 side that dismissed fourth division Wolves 3-0 from the same competition in a first-round second replay.

And as a head teacher by day and football manager by night, he has an assistant – Andy Preece – whom he trusts and relies upon unequivocally during their latest exciting adventure together.

“If Preecey says we’ve got a chance, and he does, then trust me we’ve got a chance,” said Vermiglio, who was a non-playing member of Preece’s Northwich Victoria squad that stunned League One outfit Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup back in 2009.

Preece delivered his verdict after visiting Molyneux and seeing Wolves fall 3-2 at home to midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

“They kicked off at 12.30pm so Preecey went to watch them and then got back for the start of our game,” he said when reflecting on Chorley’s 3-2 comeback win against another form side, Farsley Celtic, on Saturday.

“He’s watched evey FA Cup tie opponent so far this season so it was a bit of superstition as well, but no word of a lie he’s come back from watching them and said we’ve got a chance.

“While there’s a chance there’s belief, and while there’s belief anything can happen.

“So the lads are excited about what is a monumental game for the club in the fourth round proper against Premier League opposition, and with all the history there is attached to it from the 1986 days.

“There’s a real feelgood factor around the club at the moment with the FA Cup, not just locally but nationally as well and I want everyone to get on board.”

Southampton or Arsenal will visit the winners in the last 16.

Charlie Cooper scored twice to sink Wolves in the famous FA Cup upset of 35 years ago and marked the occasion by celebrating with his jubilant Chorley team-mates in the giant communal bath at Burnden Park.

But with strict coronavirus protocols in place there will be none of that should they beat the odds tomorrow.

They will have to make do with another rendition of their winning team song, Adele’s Someone Like You, which has gone viral on social media after the previous victories.