MATCH REPORT: Kendal Town 1-0 COLFC

City of Liverpool fell to a late defeat at Kendal Town on a night where the visitors were left frustrated by a combination of the woodwork and resolute defending.

Craig Robinson’s side was boosted by the return of centre back Ian Kearney who started his first game after almost a year out through injury.

Robbo also handed a debut to young right back Ollie Broe who signed from Wigan Athletic earlier in the day.

The Purps hit the bar early on through Tony Gray who was inches away from grabbing his first goal for the club.

The visitors looked in good shape and could have taken the lead later in the first half through Jack Hazlehurst, but the Purple Messi volleyed narrowly over at the end of a good team move.

HALF TIME: Kendal Town 0-0 City of Liverpool

After the interval the Purps looked again to be the stronger side and almost took the lead within minutes of the restart.

Returning centre back Ian Kearney, looking every inch the best player on the pitch, hammered the bar with a long range screamer.

The big defender had another, more difficult, opportunity to open the scoring minutes later but volleyed over.

At the other end, in form goalkeeper Owen Wheeler produced a magnificent stop to prevent the hosts from taking the lead against the run of play.

However, it was agony for the Purps as Kendal took the lead late on courtesy of debutant Jamie Hodgson who fired a great strike beyond Wheeler from the edge of the box to give the hosts what turned out to be the winner.

FINAL SCORE: Kendal Town 1-0 City of Liverpool

City of Liverpool: Wheeler, Broe, Kearney, McCarten (c), Corrigan, Burke, Kinsella, Hazlehurst, Rigby, Gray, Nevitt.

Subs: McDonald, Barrow, Reid, Brown, Devine.

Man of the Match: Ian Kearney – the defender put in a fine performance on his return from injury, could have had a couple of goals and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

BROE SIGNS FOR COLFC

City of Liverpool have completed the signing of young right back Oliver Broe from Wigan Athletic.

Ollie is a highly regarded attacking full back and has worked his way through the youth ranks at the Latics.

Broe was a part of the Wigan side which impressed in last season’s FA Youth Cup campaign, progressing to the quarter finals where they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Ollie made his debut for the Purps last night, starting away at Kendal Town.

Purps manager Craig Robinson was delighted to confirm the signing of his new defender, explaining “I’m pleased to welcome Ollie into the squad.”

“He’s had a good 10 years at Liverpool as a kid before moving to Wigan were he is still training full time.”

“He’s an attacking fullback who loves to get up and down and has great quality on the ball when needed.”

“He’s young enthusiastic lad with great hunger to progress and be successful and I’m pleased to have him on board!”

Welcome to the club, Ollie.

PREVIEW: Kendal Town

Kendal Town v City of Liverpool

NPLNW

Tuesday 29th Sept. KO 19:45

COVID-19

As with our homes games there will be some restrictions in place at Lakelands Radio Stadium. Please follow the advice of Kendal Town volunteers in relation to social distancing and masks. By us following the guidelines we are ensuring a safe environment to watch the match not only for ourselves but for those around us

PREVIEW

After Tuesdays 3-0 loss to Morpeth Town in the FA Cup it was a weekend with no scheduled competitive football for the Purps. But it wasn’t a weekend off the squad who played a behind closed doors friendly on Saturday against Vauxhall Motors. The score of that was 2-2.

Kendal have had a mixed start to the season in their opening 3 games. They exited the FA Cup in the Preliminary Round after a 5-0 home defeat to Bishop Auckland. They opened their league campaign with a 2-0 defeat away to Prescott Cables but followed it up with a hard fought goalless draw at home to Workington on Saturday.

This will be the third meeting between City of Liverpool and Kendal Town. We played them both home and away in the league before the lockdown last season. Our first meeting was a comfortable 4-1 win at home thanks to a Tom Peterson double and goals from Anthony Brown and John McGrath. We also won the reverse fixture 1-0 thanks to a Jack Hazlehurst free-kick on what was his 100 Purps appearance. City of Liverpool will be looking to take all 3 points again on Tuesday.

PAST MEETINGS

20/08/19

08/02/20

 

TRAVEL

Postcode is LA9 7BL

Train- With it being mid-week it will be very difficult to get back after the match on public transport.

#UTP

MATCH REPORT: COLFC 0-3 MORPETH TOWN

There was to be no giant killing on Tuesday night as City of Liverpool went down to a 3-0 home defeat against Morpeth Town in the FA Cup.

Craig Robinson rung the changes both in personnel and tactically against the Step 3 side with first starts of the season for Tom Stephens and Louis Corrigan at right and left back. There was also a first start for Tony Gray up front and Jack Hazlehurst was also given his first start of the campaign after 2 goals in 2 games from the bench.

Tactically the Purps looked at playing a 4-4-2 but with Jamie McDonald working his proverbials off to track back and make it a midfield 5 at times.

Morpeth started the game aggressively and in the first 5 minutes were lucky not to have a few players on yellow cards. Nathan Burke stamped on after only 30 seconds in midfield followed by a late challenge on Stephen Rigby, the referee deeming both only worthy of a telling off and no more.

The game plan was working for City of Liverpool who reduced Morpeth to very few chances of note. A quick slipped through ball found Andrew Johnson who had got the wrong side of Tom Stephens in the channel but his tame effort was straight at Wheeler. Shortly after Liam Noble also teed up Jack Foalle but he dragged his effort well wide of Wheelers post.

On 34 minutes it was Morpeth who took the lead. A long diagonal ball from left to right looking for Jack Foalle making a run in behind. McCarten climbed to try and deal with it but only succeeded in flicking it beyond left back Louis Corrigan and into Foalle feet. Wheeler who had come to close the gap was also undone by the inadvertent flick and was now stranded. Foalle saw him stranded and just lifted the ball over him.

HT: City of Liverpool 0-1 Morpeth Town

The Purps game plan however changed dramatically on 50 minutes as Tom Stephens was sent off for a late challenge in front of the dug outs. From my angle it seemed reckless and he has caught the Morpeth midfielder with studs up on the shin. The referee brandished a red card straight away.

On 56 minutes it looked as though the referee had reduced Morpeth to 10 men also. Stephen Foster with a late challenge that the referee immediately flashed a red card for only to sheepishly realise he had pulled the wrong colour out in his haste and reversed it to a yellow. That did not go down well with the home crowd.

Morpeth immediately began making the extra man advantage pay off and looked to pass the Purps into submission. Ben Sayer in central midfield controlling the tempo of play and forcing City of Liverpool midfielders to work hard closing down and trying to launch counter attacks through Tony Gray.

With the Purps just needing an equaliser to take the game to penalties, Craig Robinson brought on Nevitt and Cairns on 74 minutes to try and fashion some chances. Morpeth however got their second just after the double substitution on 76 minutes. Jack Foalle being released in the box and making no mistake slipping it underneath the on coming Owen Wheeler, effectively sealing the win for Morpeth.

The Purps however went straight down the over end and should have got one back straight away. Elliot Nevitt put through 1 on 1 but his lifted effort was just over the bar.

Morpeth settled the game on 84 minutes as striker Liam Henderson struck left footed across Wheeler and into the far corner.

FT: City of Liverpool 0-3 Morpeth Town

COLFC: Wheeler, Stephens, Corrigan, Burke, Barrow, McCarten, Kinsella (Cairns 74), Rigby, Gray (Nevitt 74), McDonald (Devine 60), Hazlehurst.

Purps MOTM: Jack Hazlehurst – Spent the night putting in the hard yards closing down and was always looking to get on the ball to try and make things happen going forward.

 

SPECTATOR GUIDANCE – COLFC V Morpeth Town

City of Liverpool FC

SPECTATOR GUIDANCE

FA Cup First Round Qualifying

City of Liverpool FC Vs Morpeth Town

Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 7.45pm, Berry Street Garage Stadium, L30 1NY

 

City of Liverpool FC has now held two home fixtures that have been organised in accordance with the latest guidance from the FA for the “Limited Return Of Spectators For Clubs At Steps 3-6” and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport “Return to Recreational Team Sport Framework”:

https://www.thefa.com/news/2020/aug/19/updated-guidelines-for-return-of-spectators-190820

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/return-to-recreational-team-sport-framework

The club wishes to place on record its thanks to all supporters who attended these matches and complied with both the guidance issued and the directions of our stewarding team when in the stadium.

Having successfully hosted a Stage 1 fixture (with capacity capped at 200 spectators) and a Stage 2 fixture on Saturday (with capacity capped at 400 spectators), the club was looking forward to welcoming another 400 attendance to Vesty Road for this exciting FA Cup tie.

However, the introduction of increased local Covid-19 related restrictions from Tuesday 22nd September now mean that this is not possible.

At the time of writing, the specific details of these restrictions are still to be published. Accordingly, the club has sought expert advice from public health professionals. On the basis of the information that we have been able to gather at very short notice, it appears that semi-professional football can be played, but that supporters will be “advised” not to attend semi-professional football matches from an as yet to be published time on Tuesday. However, there may be a caveat in that the FA Cup tie is organised under the auspices of a professional body. We are awaiting further guidance on this point.

City of Liverpool FC fully, and without equivocation, supports the introduction of stronger local measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in the absence of specific guidance to the contrary, we feel we must complete this FA Cup match. The alternative being to forfeit the tie and effectively resign from this season’s FA Cup.

In deciding to hold the match, the club has considered three options:

  • Hold the fixture as originally planned under Stage 2 DCMS and NLS Guidance (i.e. 400 stadium capacity limit); The club feels that this option may be perceived as encouraging many spectators to ignore the advice not to attend semi-professional football matches. Accordingly, while we believe that our Stage 2 measures offer a safe environment for spectators, which could be enhanced by mandatory face coverings, we do not wish to undermine the message that our public health officials are trying to communicate.
  • Hold the fixture under Stage 1 DCMS and NLS Guidance (i.e. revert to 200 stadium capacity limit); The club believes that this would offer spectators a safe environment and, with attendance restricted to approximately 10% of the stadium’s full capacity, distancing would be further reinforced. This option also actively prevents most of our supporters from attending the fixture.
  • Hold the fixture behind closed doors (i.e. only club officials and staff present); While this option does appear to meet the guidance with regard to playing semi-professional football and complies with the local advice for spectators not to attend such matches, it does present a significant financial obstacle. In FA Cup ties, both the revenues and costs are shared between the clubs. With no spectators present there will be no revenues to share, however the costs are significant for clubs at this level – including the cost of travel for our opponents and the costs of match officials.

Following careful consideration, the club has decided that the match will take place under Stage 1 DCMS and NLS Guidance, with stadium capacity capped at 200 spectators.

In practical terms, this means that supporters will once again be required to co-operate with the club in the implementation of our measures to ensure a safe environment for all in attendance:

  • Do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms
  • There will be temperature checking prior to entry
  • The hand sanitiser provided must be used upon entry to the stadium and upon passing the barriers before and after the clubhouse
  • Face coverings are compulsory
  • To protect our gatehouse volunteers, entry will be by pre-paid e-ticket only
  • There will be a one-way system in place, see plan attached
  • Follow the signage and co-operate with stewards at all times
  • Comply with social distancing guidance at all times
  • Observe queueing systems for all facilities and follow signage
  • Keep designated passing areas around the pitch perimeter fence clear
  • To maintain social distancing, terracing at each end of the stadium will be compartmentalised to hold no more than 6 spectators per designated area, as directed by the match stewards
  • The right to refuse admission sits with City of Liverpool FC

Any supporters who feel that they cannot comply with these reasonable, and necessary, regulations are welcome to not attend matches until “normality” returns.

Please note that all areas outside of the clubhouse are under the jurisdiction of City of Liverpool FC for the duration of our home matches. As such, all supporters are requested to comply with the directions given by the club’s stewarding team.

This advice may be subject to change at short notice should further definitive public health guidance be made available to the club. Please follow the club’s social media channels for the latest updates.

CITY OF LIVERPOOL FC Vs MORPETH TOWN

7.45pm, Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Berry Street Garage Stadium, Vesty Road, Bootle L30 1NY

 

STAGE 2 FIXTURE – ONE WAY SYSTEM

> Cashless entry at turnstiles

> Follow one way systerm anti clockwise to designated terrace/stand area as directed by stewards

> Covered terracing to be filled by “compartment” from furthest barrier at the Romans End, followed by The Shed, then the Dodge Kop

> Seating to be filled to limited capacity, by those requesting a seat, from the stand nearest the Romans End to the stand ajacent to The Shed

> No pitchside standing outside of the Romans End, The Shed or Dodge Kop

> Pathway around the pitchside perimeter fencing to be kept clear to enable unobstructed passing

> Unless capacity determines otherwise, decking to be kept clear to enable distanced queuing for facilities and unobstructed exit from facilities

MATCH PREVIEW: Morpeth Town

COLFC V MORPETH TOWN

FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND

TUESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 19:45 KO

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Due to local lockdown restrictions coming into force we are returning to a Phase 1 capacity of 200 for the Morpeth Town game.

In order for non-league football to be back playing regularly we have new rules we have to adhere to concerning Covid-19. Capacity is limited to 200 and it is an ALL TICKET MATCH. If you havent bought a ticket online please don’t turn up as you will be refused entry.

Please be respectful of our volunteers who will be trying to ensure people stick to the guidelines. It is important for everyone’s health that these are adhered to particularly as there has been a rise in cases recently and so we can all keep watching the Purps in as safe an environment as possible.

As per previous club communications, there will be a one way system in place around the ground, and temperature checking will take place at the turnstiles. It is compulsory for all supporters attending the match to adhere to social distancing and attendees must also wear a face mask, unless they have a medical exemption.

 

 

PREVIEW

City of Liverpool began their league campaign with a 4-2 home defeat to Marske United on Saturday. 3-0 down at one stage they fought back to 3-2 through a Nathan Burke penalty and a 25 yard Jack Hazlehurst free-kick. Marske however made sure of the victory by adding a fourth goal in the last few minutes.

 

Last season in the 1st Qualifying round we took Warrington Town to a replay after a 2-2 draw away at Cantilever Park. A spectacular Jack Hazlehurst brace (He does love an FA Cup goal!) put us within touching distance of the next round before a Warrington equaliser deep into injury time.

 

The tie went to a replay which unfortunately proved a step too far as we lost 4-0, with new Purps signing Tony Gray on the scoresheet for the Yellows that night. Notably that night we lost centre back Danny Dalton to a season ending injury after only 30 seconds. Its great to see him working his way back to full fitness during pre-season.

Morpeth Town are a Step 3 club, playing 1 league higher than the Purps in the Northern Premier Division.  Based in Northumberland, they have had recent success in FA competitions winning the FA Vase at Wembley in 2016. Last season they reached the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup before losing 1-0 to Nantwich Town.

Before the null and void Morpeth where 9th in the Northern Premier Division. However they were looking to make a push for the playoffs as they were only 5 points adrift but with an incredible 7 games in hand.

The Highwaymen officially began their league campaign on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at home against Grantham Town. The fixture against City of Liverpool will be their second match of the season.

 

PAST RESULTS

This is the first meeting between City of Liverpool and Morpeth Town.

 

TRAVEL

Car– For the Sat Nav use postcode L30 1NY

Train– They are every 15 minutes from Liverpool Central. Board the Ormskirk train and alight at Aintree. Ground is a 5 minute walk from there.

#UTP

MATCH REPORT: COLFC 2-4 MARSKE UNITED

The Purps lost on the opening day of the PitchingIn NPLNW season, after an inspired display from Marske United’s Matty Tymon saw the visitors take away the three points.

Marske took the lead on 7 minutes after the lively Curtis Round broke free down the left and picked out Adam Boyes with a devilish ball in, the forward made no mistake, tapping home from inside the 6 yard box.

The Purps rallied instantly and left back Stephen Rigby picked out Elliott Nevitt with a great free kick but the forward hammered over on the stretch.

Following the opener it was an end to end affair, and the Purps had in form keeper Owen Wheeler to thank as he twice raced off his line to deny Curtis Round in a matter of minutes. The Marske winger was having a fine game but should have done better after being clean through on goal on both occasions.

Marske should have added to their lead shortly afterwards, as Adam Wheatley made a mess of a golden chance, heading over at the back post unmarked with the goal at his mercy.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to add to their lead however, as Matty Tymon somehow looped the ball over Wheeler and into the net whilst on the deck as everyone thought the danger had gone.

Tymon wasted no time in adding to his tally and the forward made it 0-3 to the visitors on 27 minutes. The dangerous Curtis Round again broke free down the left, cutting an inch perfect ball back for Tymon to place an emphatic side footed finish into the back of the net.

Moments later, Purps left back Stephen Rigby was inches away from giving the hosts a route back into the game, curling a fine left footed free kick from 30 yards inches wide of Marske custodian Ryan Catterick’s upright.

At the other end, Owen Wheeler again had to be on his toes to produce a brilliant double stop as the visitors broke free again down the left. The Purps goalkeeper stood big to make the initial save, before springing to his feet to block the rebound as Marske thought they had a fourth.

The Purps finally got a route back into the game on 41 minutes as Dom Reid was upended in the box and referee Mark McQuillan immediately pointed to the spot.

Nathan Burke stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, sending Catterick the wrong way to make it 1-3.

 

 

On the stroke of half time it should have been 2-3 as a brilliant turn and cross from Elliott Nevitt picked out the late-arriving Gerard Kinsella but the midfielder sliced his effort under pressure and Marske cleared.

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 1-3 Marske United

City of Liverpool manager Craig Robinson made two changes at the interval with Jason Jeffries being replaced by Tom Stephens and Tony Gray coming on for Gerard Kinsella, as the Purps looked to find a way back into the game.

It was a cagey second period however, as Marske looked to control possession and sit on their lead.

The Purps were frustrated by marginal decisions as Elliott Nevitt was pulled back for offside when he looked a few yards on, and Tony Gray penalised when robbing Kevin Burgess of possession in his own box and releasing Nevitt through on goal.

The hosts did get their second goal however on 84 minutes as substitute Jack Hazlehurst curled a magnificent 30 yard free kick into the postage stamp to set up an entertaining finish.

 

 

Marske United didn’t read the script though, as within a minute of the Purple Messi’s goal the visitors had a fourth. Matty Tymon found space in the box after good work from Jack Blackford and the forward grabbed his hat trick, firing low into the bottom left hand corner across Wheeler who had no chance.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 2-4 Marske United.

CITY OF LIVERPOOL TEAM: Wheeler, Jeffries (Stephens 46), Rigby, Burke, Brown, McCarten, Kinsella (Gray 45), Barrow, Nevitt, McDonald, Reid (Hazlehurst).

Purps MOTM: Owen Wheeler – The Purps goalkeeper made a string of great stops in the first half as the visitors threatened the home goal.

Matchday Photo Gallery:

 

 

NEXT UP:

The Purps host Morpeth Town in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round on Tuesday 22nd September (7:45pm kick off).

In line with COVID capacity restrictions, admission is capped at 400 and tickets are available using the following Skiddle link. Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid missing out.

https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/Berry-Street-Garage-Stadium/City-of-Liverpool-FC-Vs-Morpeth-Town/13822275/

Please also check out the club’s COVID guidance infographic and work with our volunteers when attending fixtures so we can continue to create a safe environment for all.

 

COLFC SPECTATOR GUIDANCE FOR LIMITED RETURN TO FOOTBALL

City of Liverpool FC

SPECTATOR GUIDANCE FOR LIMITED RETURN TO FOOTBALL

Having successfully hosted a Stage 1 fixture, with capacity capped at 200 spectators, the club can now progress to a Stage 2 fixture with capacity capped at 400 spectators. The details of this fixture are as follows:

City of Liverpool FC Vs Marske United

Saturday 19th September 2020, 3pm, Berry Street Garage Stadium, L30 1NY

This fixture will be organised in accordance with the latest guidance from the FA for the “Limited Return Of Spectators For Clubs At Steps 3-6” and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport “Return to Recreational Team Sport Framework”.

https://www.thefa.com/news/2020/aug/19/updated-guidelines-for-return-of-spectators-190820

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of- sport-and-recreation/return-to-recreational-team-sport-framework

In practical terms, this means that supporters will be required to co-operate with the club in the implementation of our measures. This is to ensure that we can ensure a safe environment for all in attendance and successfully complete Stage 2 of the return of supporters to our matches.

> Please do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms

> There will be temperature checking prior to entry

> To protect our gatehouse volunteers, entry will be by pre-paid e-ticket or contactless card payment

> There will be a one-way system in place, see plan attached

> Please follow signage and co-operate with stewards at all times

> Please comply with social distancing guidance at all times

> Please observe queueing systems for all facilities and follow signage

> Keep designated passing areas around the pitch perimeter fence clear

> To maintain social distancing, terracing at each end of the stadium will be compartmentalised to hold no more than 6 spectators per designated area, as directed by the match stewards

> Please use hand sanitiser provided
> Face coverings are recommended
> The right to refuse admission sits with COLFC

 

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MATCH PREVIEW: Marske United

COLFC V MARSKE UNITED

LEAGUE GAME

SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 3PM KO

 

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

In order for non-league football to be back playing regularly we have new rules we have to adhere to concerning Covid-19. Capacity is limited to 400 and it is an ALL TICKET MATCH. If you havent bought a ticket online please don’t turn up as you will be refused entry.

Please be respectful of our volunteers who will be trying to ensure people stick to the guidelines. It is important for everyone’s health that these are adhered to and so we can all keep watching the Purps in as safe an environment as possible.

PREVIEW

For those Purps with a peculiar sense of deja vu, yes we are playing Marske again on the opening day of our League campaign! In order to quickly produce a fixture list for the season, the League officials have taken last years fixtures and just flipped them. So whereas last year we began away at Marske, we now play them at home.

City of Liverpool began the season last Saturday with a comprehensive 3-0 away win to Glossop NE in the FA Cup Preliminary Round. A number of outstanding individual performances on the day, with goals from Elliot Nevitt, Gerard Kinsella and Jack Hazlehurst meant we have now reached at least the 1st Qualifying Round in each of our last 3 seasons.

Marske themselves have also reached the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup following a 2-0 away win over Crook Town AFC which was preceeded by a 3-0 home win against North Shields.

This will be the 3rd meeting between the Purps and Marske United. Our previous two fixtures both coming last season. Both games where keenly contested however Markse won each of these matches 1-0. Hopefully third time’s the charm for the Purps on Saturday afternoon.

 

PAST RESULTS

17th Aug 2019. MARSKE 1-0 COLFC

21st Dec 2019. COLFC 0-1 MARSKE

Travel

Car– For those travelling fans the postcode is L30 1NY

Train– They are every 15 minutes from Liverpool Central. Board the Ormskirk train and alight at Aintree. Ground is a 5 minute walk from there.

#UTP

 

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Fan Focus: “Two Hundred and Two”

Two hundred and two days since City of Liverpool last played a competitive fixture.

Two hundred and two days supporters have been deprived of their football fix.

Deprived of seeing their mates, standing in their regular spots, singing and shouting for ninety minutes.

Deprived of the hustle and bustle of a non league football match day.

Two hundred and two days since for many, the highlight of their week was snatched from them.

No more footy.

No more days out.

No more seeing your mates.

The global pandemic meant the gates were locked and the turnstiles closed for the best part of seven months.

The world stood still for spring and summer.

There were bevies over Zoom calls and we tried to get in to the Bundesliga to fill a void until the Premier League was back.

BBC and ITV replayed old tournaments, but it doesn’t compare to discussing what team Robbo will put out, which left back Jack Hazlehurst was going to send for the Echo, who the new lad on the bench is, or whether it’s the Kopites or Shedites who are the gobshites.

Reminiscing old football matches was something I found myself spending hour after hour doing during lockdown.

I began to think about all the times I’ve had following football, and how they have shaped my life experiences.

I also began to think just what football means to me, why I missed it so much, and why I was so desperate to get it back.

Everyone has their own reasons for loving football.

Just like everyone has their own reasons for loving their football club.

For me, football is all about identity.

The feeling of being part of a collective group, all sharing the same beliefs and values.

This is what makes City of Liverpool so special.

The working class mindset is displayed everywhere. The uniqueness of knowing you’re stood next to people with the same morals, evidenced through songs and banners is something I craved.

I missed bursting out a chant of “fuck the Tories” and I missed hearing the shouts to opposition goalkeepers that only Scouse football fans could come up with.

I missed seeing the faces that have become a part of my life since 2016.

I then found myself wondering why.

Why was this so important in my life?

Pre Covid Britain was heading towards Brexit, and the Tories had secured a devastating majority in Parliament.

For many, times have been tough, and going the game provides an output.

It offers the chance to stand with likeminded people, and release the stress and tension that builds up during the week.

On a Saturday afternoon, we can channel our emotions through song, and support the lads in purple on the pitch.

Lockdown brought its own struggles which I am sure we all felt.

I wasn’t able to shrug the weekly struggles off with a day at the match.

Just like everyone else, I felt all the emotions.

Frustration, sometimes loneliness.

I missed my mates and I missed letting off my emotions at the game.

Days lacked meaning and weeks dragged.

Football brings structure and without it there was none. I could not wait for the feeling waking up on a Saturday and knowing its Saturday because the Purps are playing.

It came back last week for a friendly away to FC United of Manchester.

Personally, the days leading to this game had been particularly tough. But the unrivalled joy of arriving at the ground and seeing mates I hadn’t seen for seven months is something that simply cannot be beaten.

The greatest pick up I could ever have.

For the next two hours, the last seven months were forgotten.

Live football was back. Everything that we love and missed was there. The faces, the songs, the banners. It all meant so much.

I stood with people, who despite not seeing for the majority of the year, I share an unbreakable bond with.

The bond that was created through similar morals and values, and the love for this football club and this city.

That sense of collectivism and belonging was all I needed to forget the troubles of the world, and my own personal problems.

The intensity of the game itself was fantastic and tackles were flying round.

This just helped ramp up the atmosphere and the travelling Purps made up for lost time.

The post game pictures that emerged of the Purps singing and dancing on the terraces perfectly captured the sheer happiness of being back. The smiles, the clenched fists, the waving scarves; they’re all imagery of passion and joy.

Whilst I understand to many its just fellers legging it after a ball, to many it is so, so much more. I felt like once again I belonged to something.

The one thing that unites so many people and allows us to channel all our emotions is back.

It means everything.

Fan Focus #1 by Mark Thomas. 

 

Fan Focus Gallery

As part of our #FanFocus series we’re encouraging supporters to document their experiences as a Purps fan by sending images to the pinned thread on @PurpsMatchday Twitter account. We’ll regularly update the #FanFocus gallery on the website with each blog entry.

 

Want to be a part of the Purple Rollercoaster?

After a commanding 0-3 victory away to Glossop North End in Saturday’s FA Cup Preliminary round, Craig Robinson’s side start their Northern Premier League North West campaign on Saturday 19th September at home to Marske United. Kick off is 3pm.

Due to Covid restrictions, the attendance is limited to 400 spectators and there are a limited number of tickets now available on General Sale (approx 100) at the following prices:

Adults £8.00 + 80p booking fee
Concessions £4.00 + 80p booking fee

Supporters can purchase tickets using the following link and are encouraged to do so early to avoid missing out. 

skiddle.com/e/13817942