MATCH REPORT: Cables 2-2 Purps

City of Liverpool and Prescot Cables played out a pulsating 2-2 draw in the 10a derby in what turned out to be a frenetic fixture at the IP Truck Parts Stadium.

Purps manager Michael Ellison made two changes from the starting line-up which beat Brighouse on Saturday, with Jack Hazlehurst replacing Tony Gray and goalkeeper Owen Wheeler in for Scott Reed.

The visitors started the game how they finished at Brighouse on Saturday, looking at it from minute one and much the hungrier of the two sides.

Indeed this told early on as excellent pressing from Barrow, Burke, Hazlehurst and McDonald saw the Purps rob Cables of possession deep in their own half. Jamie McDonald’s opportunistic effort from range was deflected for a corner and when the set piece was played in Jordan Barrow teed up Jay McCarten but the hosts just managed to clear.

Kai Shorrock, fresh from an outstanding debut on Saturday, spent much of the first half giving Cables wing back James Edgar a torrid time. Shorrock sent Edgar to the shop on three occasions, the first resulting in a marvellous right footed ball in which Jamie McDonald headed narrowly wide. It was one where Jamie would have expected to see the net bulge.

Another turn and cross from Shorrock again left Edgar in his wake and again time picked out McDonald but Cables keeper Mitchell Allen bravely saved at his feet.

McDonald was denied again by Allen after cutting in down the left and forcing the keeper to block with his body from a narrow angle for a corner.

After banging on the door for much of the opening twenty minutes, the Purps finally made the pressure tell. Louis Corrigan whipped in a deep and devilish corner from the right and skipper Jay McCarten rose like a salmon to power home a header which gave Allen no chance. The Purps defender had his first goal for the club and it was no more than the visitors deserved.

As the half progressed Jack Hazlehurst and Dom Reid had Allen scrambling with long range efforts which went narrowly wide.

Corrigan’s set pieces continued to give the opposition a torrid night, he again picked out McCarten who turned the ball back for Barrow to strike, but it was agonisingly just behind the in-form midfielder. Stephen Rigby then had a shot blocked bravely by a Cables defender as the hosts half-cleared.

As the half closed out, a lovely driving run down the left from Rigby picked out Dom Reid arriving late at the back post. The winger attempted to knock it back across the face of goal, but a Cables defender blocked just in front of Jamie McDonald who was lurking for a tap-in.

On the stroke of half time another Corrigan corner had Cables again all at sea, it looked destined for the head of the unmarked Nathan Burke but somehow evaded everyone and went all the way through. The referee then blew for the interval after dominant half of football where the Purps rued not being further in front.

HALF TIME: Cables 0-1 Purps

After the interval, the hosts had a change of shape and were much improved for it. A silly foul on the edge of the area gave the visitors a good chance to test Owen Wheeler, but the whipped free kick struck the end of the wall and deflected for a corner.

In the 57th minute Cables had a golden opportunity to restore parity as the lively Michael Monaghan tumbled theatrically in the box under pressure from McCarten and referee Luis Griffiths was quick to point to the spot.

James Edgar stepped up to dispatch the penalty home, sending Wheeler the wrong way.

Cables were buoyed by their equaliser and the visitors were indebted to Wheeler who raced off his line to deny Josh Klein-Davies with his body. There was more than a hint of offside as the forward raced clear but Wheeler stayed big to make a fine stop one-on-one.

On an evening where questionable decision making left the Purps perplexed, there was a period of controversy as James McCarten was dragged down for what looked like a stonewall penalty in the Cables area only for the referee to somehow award Cables a free kick. The hosts went down to the other end and were given a free kick down the left as Kearney slid in and won the ball, Michael Ellison’s side incensed.

Matty Hamilton whipped the free kick in, which went all the way through to put Cables 2-1 ahead.

The Purps rallied and equalised almost instantly as a long ball over the top released Jamie McDonald who delicately lobbed the ball over the stranded goalkeeper to restore parity. It was the least the visitors deserved and a fine finish from the Purps #9.

Moments later McDonald was picked out by substitute Elliott Nevitt’s driving run and cross but his angled drive flew over the bar.

At the other end Wheeler made a great low stop to deny Cables on the counter attack, and Corrigan cleared the rebound as Klein-Davies looked for a tap in.

Deep into injury time the Purps almost re-wrote the headlines as McDonald’s pressing robbed Sean Myler of possession in his own box. Elliott Nevitt gathered the loose ball but Mitchell Allen saved with his body to deny him and save his captain’s bacon.

FINAL SCORE: Cables 2-2 Purps

City of Liverpool: Wheeler, Shorrock, Kearney, McCarten, Corrigan, Barrow (Stephens), Burke, Reid, Rigby (Nevitt), Hazlehurst (McGrath), McDonald.

Man of the Match: Jamie McDonald. The Purps forward lead the line well, grabbing a deserved goal and causing the hosts defence an evening of constant headaches.

Manager’s Reaction:

Paul Manning spoke to Michael Ellison after the final whistle to get the managers reaction.


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PREVIEW: Prescot Cables

Prescot Cables v City of Liverpool


Tuesday 13th October. 19:45 KO


Due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by Knowsley Council this game will be Behind Closed Doors.


An eventful week for City of Liverpool off the pitch as manager Craig Robinson left by mutual consent with the club moving swiftly to install former Linnets manager Michael Ellison. Ello only had one training session to work with the squad before a tough first fixture away at Brighouse which makes the 5-2 victory all the more impressive. A late friday night dash by club secretary John Lavin to sign young right back Kai Shorrock in time for the game paid off too as the 18 year old put in an outstanding performance on his debut. It was a world away from the Workington defeat as a brace apiece for Nathan Burke and Elliott Nevitt sandwiched either side of Stephen Rigby fine effort got Michael Ellison tenure off to a dream start. He was joined on the sidelines for Saturday’s game by new additions to the coaching staff Matt Cross and Chris Lawton.

Prescot Cables have had a mixed start to their League campaign with 1 win and 2 defeats in their opening 3 games. A 2-0 home win against Kendal Town was followed by a 1-0 away defeat to Clitheroe. Last time out a back and forth encounter against Dunston UTS saw Cables come back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 with 15 minutes to go only to concede 2 goals late on to eventually lose 3-2.

This will be the 5th “10A Derby” between City of Liverpool and Prescot Cables. The Purps current record stands at 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. One of those victories includes an emphatic 8-2 FA Cup victory.

Past Meetings

19/08/2017 Cables 2-2 COLFC

COLFC 8-2 Cables

(All goals available on Purps TV on YouTube)

04/01/2020 COLFC 3-0 Cables

Cables 2-0 COLFC

(Highlights unavailable so please enjoy Tom Peterson making it 8-1 against Cables)


Unfortunately this game is Behind Closed Doors so no fans are able to attend





Michael Ellison’s debut as City of Liverpool manager saw the Purps demolish Brighouse Town in an excellent display at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium.

The new manager gave debuts to goalkeeper Scott Reed and right back Kai Shorrock who both signed on the eve of the match.

The visitors started brightly and could have taken the lead with barely two minutes on the clock as Dom Reid burst down the left, rinsing the right back and cut in to fire a shot which looked destined for the bottom corner of the net. Brighouse goalkeeper Matt Smith somehow clawed it out with a fine stop, and the loose ball was agonisingly just behind Jamie McDonald who would have had a tap in.

After a promising start, the Purps went behind against the run of play when Brighouse defender Kurt Harris headed home from a corner after 16 minutes. It was harsh on the visitors who had been much the better side in the opening exchanges.

The Purps were not down-heartened by going behind and almost equalised within seconds of restarting play. Jordan Barrow and Jamie McDonald were both denied by last ditch blocks inside the Brighouse box in the same passage of play. Louis Corrigan also went close with a long range left footed free kick which Smith did well to fingertip over the bar.

The visitors continued to rally and finally got the equaliser their play had deserved courtesy of Nathan Burke. The midfielder burst forward in trademark style, firing a right footed effort across the keeper from the right hand side of the area which bounced in off the post.


Burke then put the Purps ahead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Dom Reid’s barnstorming run ended with the winger being unceremoniously barged over in the box. The referee awarded a penalty without hesitation and Burke stepped up to despatch it home with aplomb, sending the visitors in at the break with a deserved lead.


HALF TIME: Brighouse 1-2 City of Liverpool.

The Purps started the second half in the same fashion as they dominated the first, with the exceptional Jordan Barrow dominating midfield and dictating play, allowing Burke, Reid, Rigby and the impressive debutant Kai Shorrock plenty of opportunity to express themselves going forward.

Within three minutes of the restart the Purps increased their lead as Shorrock nipped in to win possession, feeding Tony Gray who expertly released Stephen Rigby with a first-time ball. Rigby lifted an ice-cool finish beyond the advancing Smith to send the travelling Purps into raptures!


The visitors continued to dominate and left back Louis Corrigan, so often the scourge of the Purps with his fine delivery for Runcorn Linnets, had a whipped corner tipped onto his own crossbar by Smith as the hosts looked all at sea defending Louis’ set pieces.

The hosts again grabbed a goal against the run of play, as a counter attack from a Purps corner saw substitute Javelle Clarke bundle the ball home fortuitously from close range, beyond the reach of Reed to make it 3-2.

The Purps were undeterred and soon increased their lead once again. Substitute Elliott Nevitt, within seconds of replacing Tony Gray, raced clear from Dom Reid’s flick on. The Beast held off two defenders before slotting home a composed finish beyond Smith with his first touches of the match, making it 4-2. An inspired substitution if ever you’ll see one!


The hosts were reduced to ten men after 76 minutes as Thomas Haigh who was already on a booking for a wild challenge on Stephen Rigby that should have been a straight red, repeated the feat on Jamie McDonald.

Haigh lunged with an ugly, high, straight leg tackle on the Purps forward, a challenge which should also have resulted in a straight red card. The referee produced the second yellow and regardless the midfielder had the marching orders he was seemingly desperate to obtain.

The visitors wasted no time in utilising their man advantage, as Brighouse defenders made an almighty mess of Scott Reed’s long clearance and Nevitt took full advantage again. The forward held off a couple of defenders before side footing beyond the advancing Smith. It was a score line which Michael Ellison’s side thoroughly deserved.



FINAL SCORE: Brighouse 2-5 City of Liverpool

City of Liverpool: Reid, Shorrock (Kinsella ’86), Kearney, McCarten ( c ), Corrigan, Barrow, Burke, Reid, McDonald, Rigby, Gray (Nevitt ’68).

Subs not used: Devine, McGrath, Hazlehurst.

Man of the Match: Jordan Barrow. The midfielder was at his dominant best throughout the match, winning the ball at will with some fine challenges and looking every inch the best player on the park. Barrow bossed his Brighouse midfield counterparts throughout and just edges out Kai Shorrock who deserves a special mention for an excellent debut performance which belied the 18 year old’s years.

Manager’s Reaction:

After the match we caught up with Michael Ellison for his reaction to the victory, and asked him about his first few days in charge.


Matchday Photo Gallery:


PREVIEW: Brighouse Town

Brighouse Town v City of Liverpool


Saturday 10th October. 3PM KO


As with our home games there will be some restrictions in place at St. Giles Road. Please follow the advice of Brighouse 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.


It’s been an eventful week! Following on from our 5-2 defeat away at Workington last Saturday, the club announced the departure of Craig Robinson via mutual consent. On Wednesday evening the Purps then announced the arrival of our new manager Michael Ellison. Ellison departed Runcorn Linnets at the end of last season following a successful four years as manager and ten-year association with the club. Under Ellison’s management Linnets won the NWCFWL Premier Division and adapted well to life in the Northern Premier League. Although Ello hasn’t yet had the opportunity to take in training, he will be leading the team at Brighouse and will be supported by two new coaches he has appointed in Matt Cross and Chris Lawton. We are sure all Purps will join us in extending a warm welcome to Michael, Matt and Chris.

On the pitch, the Purps will be looking to reverse our current form following three defeats from three in the Northern Premier League. Saturday will be our third straight away game after the Brighouse fixture was reversed following to the temporary closure of the Berry Street Garage Stadium due to COVID. Brighouse started the league season with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Clitheroe, they then lost 3-0 at Marske United before an entertaining home clash with Runcorn Linnets in midweek. The hosts were reduced to ten men early on after Shiraz Khan received his marching orders, but raced to a three nil lead despite the man disadvantage. Linnets clawed what looked like a consolation goal back through Kurt Sherlock’s penalty (56). However in a frenetic end to the game Linnets got another goal back through Josh Brizell (95), before Kurt Sherlock equalised from the spot EIGHT minutes into injury time!

This will be our 2nd meeting with Brighouse Town. Our first meeting we went down to a 2-1 loss on a sunny away day in Yorkshire. Elliott Nevitt goal following some dazzling Jack Hazlehurst footwork to provide the assist proving to be too little too late.

Past Meetings

14/09/19 Brighouse 2-1 COLFC


Car- For those driving the postcode is HD6 2PL. It’s about 1hr 20 mins drive.

Train- It’s roughly 1hr 50 mins and will set you back £34.10.

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Ellison appointed first team manager.

City of Liverpool FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Ellison to the role of First Team Manager.

Following extensive conversations with Michael, the Board of Directors has unanimously agreed to Michael’s appointment and to close the window for applications with immediate effect.

Michael will be present as the existing coaching staff take charge of the team away to Brighouse Town on Saturday.

Club Chairman, Paul Manning, said “Michael has exactly what we are looking for at this point in time for the club. His passion and ambition to win football matches mirrors ours and we are looking forward to seeing our team instilled with Michael’s belief in COLFC’s ability to compete in this league”.

New City of Liverpool FC Manager, Michael Ellison marked his appointment by saying “I’m just delighted to be back in football and to be manager at City of Liverpool FC, a club that shares my ambitions and drive.”

The club would like to thank all those who have applied and shown an intertest in managing our football club. We wish them all the best in their future footballing endeavours

The Directors also wish to thank first team coaches Patrick Byrne, Lee Smith and Tony Dunne for ensuring continuity ahead of the new manager taking the reins.

Welcome to the Purps Michael!

MATCH REPORT: Workington 5-2 COLFC

City of Liverpool fell to defeat at the hands of Workington in challenging conditions, on what turned out to be a miserable afternoon in Cumbria.

After a cagey opening 10 minutes Reuben Jerome opened the scoring for the Reds from close range, after a dangerous cross from the left by full back Liam Brockbank.

Workington would spent much of the afternoon having great success with their marauding wing backs creating plenty of overloads on either side.

However, the Purps were briefly on level terms courtesy of midfielder Nathan Burke, who equalised from the spot for the visitors minutes later after Tony Gray had been fouled.

Gray was cleaned out in between two defenders as he chased the loose ball after Reds goalkeeper Jim Atkinson made a good save from Jamie McDonald.

The referee didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot and Burke despatched his penalty with aplomb, giving Atkinson no chance.

Parity was short lived however, as Brockbank turned from provider to goalscorer shortly afterwards, despatching a left footed effort low beyond the onrushing Andy Marshall as the hosts went in ahead at the break.

Half Time: Workington 2-1 City of Liverpool

After the interval it was much of the same from the hosts who looked dangerous in attack and threatening out wide.

Reuben Jerome gave the Purps problems last season when representing Ramsbottom United, and the athletic forward continued to be the scourge of Craig Robinson’s side here.

Soon after the interval, Jerome extended Workington’s lead from close range with the fine delivery from the left coming courtesy of the impressive Brockbank once again.

Workington substitute Carl Lightfoot came off the bench to score the goal of the day, delicately lobbing Andy Marshall to make it 4-1.

Louis Potts completed the hosts scoring, hammering home to make it 5 with an angled finish after the Purps goalkeeper made a great stop.

John McGrath came off the bench to add a fine consolation for the Purps late on with a wonderful solo run. The winger left a couple of defenders in his wake before firing a precise finish beyond Atkinson, but in truth the visitors were well beaten on the day.

Full Time: Workington 5-2 City of Liverpool

City of Liverpool: Marshall, Rigby, Kearney, McCarten (c), Corrigan, Barrow, Burke (Kinsella), Hazlehurst, McDonald (McGrath), Gray, Reid (Nevitt).

Man of the Match: Jordan Barrow.

Matchday Photo Gallery:

Application window now open for the role of 1st Team Manager

City of Liverpool FC are now inviting applications for the role of 1st Team Manager.

COLFC is an independent, supporter owned football club that is in it’s 5th Season of playing football and has achieved a high level of success to date and is currently playing at Step 4 of the National League System in the Pitching In Northern Premier League North West Division 1.

Applicants should have managerial experience in the NPL or above (preferably recent) or equivalent level of football in another country.

FA Coaching qualifications are desired but not necessary.

The successful applicant will have a proven track record of winning football matches at this level of football or above, have an extensive contact book and should live and work in and around the Liverpool area.

As an independent football club, we do not think this role will suit someone who is already undertaking a role in coaching or management at any Semi Professional or Professional Football Club.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 11th October at 4pm and candidates should send a CV via e-mail to

CLUB STATEMENT: Craig Robinson

City of Liverpool FC regretfully confirms that Craig Robinson has left the club with immediate effect.

Following a typically cordial and honest conversation between Craig and the club Chairman and Vice Chairman, it was agreed by all parties that Craig would leave his post as First Team Manager by mutual consent.

The club wishes to place on record our thanks and appreciation to Craig for his service as both player and manager. He has never been anything other than 100% committed to the cause of City of Liverpool FC and has worked tirelessly to enable the club to make the transition to Northern Premier League status a success.

Craig was appointed manager in the pre-season of 2018 and led City of Liverpool FC to a memorable North West Counties Premier League title in his first season.

2019/20 was a tough introduction to life in the Northern Premier League, not made any easier by the early termination of the season and ongoing uncertainty due to the Covid-19 crisis. Nevertheless, Craig got on with the job and assembled a squad that both he and the club believe is capable of much better than recent results suggest.

Craig gets what this club is about, he understands our values and ambitions and the role that our supporters play. We hope to see him finally being able to watch and actually enjoy a Purps’ match when he feels the time is right.

In making arrangements to ensure continuity of training and to take us through at least the next fixture, the club will be appointing a caretaker manager.

We expect to be able to make an announcement in the next day or two. The search for a permanent manager will begin immediately.

Thank you for your support and, as ever, Up The Purps!







PREVIEW: Workington

Workington v City of Liverpool


Saturday 3rd October. KO 3PM


As with our home games there will be some restrictions in place at Borough Park. Please follow the advice of Workington 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.


Two away days on the bounce for City of Liverpool as we make the long trip to Workington following our 1-0 defeat away at Kendal Town. The Purps did everything but score against Kendal including hitting the bar twice through Tony Gray and Ian Kearney. The players were disappointed not to come away with anything but not as disappointed as Lee Thwaite, paying £3 for a piece of A4 paper disguising itself as a match day programme.

Both side will be looking for their first league win as Workington have played 3, drew 3 so far in the League this season. Workington have played out 2-2 draws with Pickering and Trafford either side of a goalless encounter with Kendal Town.

This will be our first visit to Borough Park and only our second ever meeting with Workington. Last season we played our home league game, going down to a 1-0 defeat in a tight, cagey and close fought game.


31/08/19 COLFC 0-1 Workington


Car- Postcode for the ground is CA14 2DT. It’s roughly a 2hr 30mins drive.

Train- A return will set you back £59.30 and can take between 3hr 30mins and 4hr 30mins.

Lime Street-Preston-Carlisle-Workington