Supporters’ football team AFC Chorley have picked up the top annual award from the IFA League, Team of the Year.

The Internet Football Association was formed in 1997 to encourage closer relations between rival supporters by introducing organised competition, and since then they have gone from strength to strength.

In 1998 member clubs have voted for a team of the year, presented at the end of every IFA season to the team deemed to be the best team to play against in terms of sportsmanship and playing in the spirit intended.

The first winners were Watford and since then supporters sides representing Huddersfield, Brentford, Hull City, Preston North End and Ipswich Town have won, with AFC Chorley now joining this exclusive club.

Player-manager James Wilson said: “It is with great pride that I announce that AFC Chorley have been voted IFA League Team of the Year.

“This is a very prestigious award as it is voted for by all 84 member clubs of the league.

“The team of the year is not all about results but those that the other teams think has had the biggest impact in the league from performances, organisation and commitment to promote our parent club.”