JACK IS BACK FOR 2021-22

City of Liverpool are pleased to confirm that defender Jack Hinnigan will be returning for the 2021-22 season.

The former Warrington Town centre-back originally signed from Runcorn Linnets in October 2020, having worked with manager Michael Ellison at his previous club.

Hinnigan made 5 appearances before the season ended prematurely, scoring a well taken header in the Boxing Day fixture against Marine.

 

Michael Ellison said, “Jack is a player I know really well. He’s a no-nonsense defender who’s decent on the ball and knows what we expect from him.”

“Again, it was an easy conversation to get him to commit and I’m delighted to have him on board”

HAZLEHURST WINS BUILDBASE GOAL OF THE SEASON AWARD

Purps magician Jack Hazlehurst has won the Buildbase FA Trophy goal of the season award for his magnificent late winner against Buxton on 8th December 2020.

Jack scored a brace as City of Liverpool shocked the NPL Premier Division team in their own back yard, with Michael Ellison’s side claiming a deserved 2-1 win.

Hazlehurst opened the scoring with a close-range finish after good work from Mitch Bryant, before the hosts equalised late on courtesy of former Italy youth international Diego De Girolamo.

But, as they often are, the headlines were left for Hazlehurst to write as he despatched an 88th minute half volley from 25 yards beyond the Buxton goalkeeper to the delight of his team-mates.

The vote was overwhelmingly won by Hazlehurst, who was selected by supporters choosing from Buildbase’s finalists on Twitter.

Jack has recently committed his future to the Purps ahead of the 2021-22 season.

ALEY RETURNS FOR 2021-22

City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce the return of Zac Aley for the forthcoming 2021-22 season.

Aley joined the Purps in December 2020, having previously worked with manager Michael Ellison at Runcorn Linnets.

A versatile midfielder who is also comfortable at full back, Zac came through the youth ranks at Southport, impressing in the First Team before being snapped up by then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers.

Whilst at Rovers, Aley featured in the Football League during loan spells with Morecambe and Macclesfield Town respectively. He has also represented Warrington Town, Ashton Town, Northwich Victoria and Linnets.

In total, Zac made 4 appearances for the Purps in the 2020-21 campaign before the season was again ended by the pandemic. Zac made his debut in the FA Trophy victory at Buxton and also impressed on his first start, as the Purps demolished Pontefract Collieries 4-1 at home.

Michael Ellison explained, ”Zac is a player I know really well from my tome at Runcorn Linnets.”

“He’s had terrible luck with injuries of late, but hopefully those are behind him now,”

“He brings with him pace and power, he can play in a number of positions and he’s a great lad in the dressing room. The Purps have only seen a glimpse of what he can do.”

ROBERTS RETURNS FOR 2021-22

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that goalkeeper Theo Roberts has committed to the club for the 2021-22 season.

The 22-year-old stopper started his career at Wigan Athletic before spells with Chester, Buxton, Atherton Collieries, Mossley and Curzon Ashton. During his time at Buxton, Roberts particularly impressed and his performances earned him a place in the 2018-19 NPL Premier Division team of the season.

The highly-rated custodian joined the Purps from National League side Curzon Ashton in October 2020 and was an important player for Michael Ellison’s side, making the number one jersey his own. Roberts featured in five matches before the season ended due to the pandemic, helping the Purps to three wins and keeping two clean sheets.

Roberts was a key player during our FA Trophy run, putting in fine performances in victories against two of his former teams, as the Purps shocked Atherton Collieries and Buxton on the road.

Michael Ellison is pleased to retain an important player, explaining, “Theo has been excellent for us since he walked through the door.”

“He put in some excellent performances in the decent FA Trophy run we had before the season came to an end, and again it was an easy conversation about him staying… 30 seconds.”

“He’s a top lad on and of the pitch and I think we will see the best of him this season after a full pre season with us.”

RIGBY RETURNS

City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce that midfielder Stephen Rigby has signed for the 2021-22 season.

Rigby initially signed in February 2020 from Ashton United shortly before the first lockdown, and last season was made the most appearances for the club before the campaign was again halted by the pandemic.

Rigby made 14 appearances in total and opened his Purps account with the crucial third goal in Michael Ellison’s first game at Brighouse Town, before also notching in the home rout of Pontefract Collieries.

 

A versatile player, Stephen is comfortable on either side of defence or across the midfield and has impressed supporters with his aptitude in a number of positions.

Manager Michael Ellison explained, “Ste Rigby is a player we know well. Even though I’d not worked with him before it feels like he’s been around for ages!”

“He’s technically excellent and as fit as they come, he’s got a great attitude and can play anywhere. I am delighted we’ve got him for another year”

Rigby added, “I’m made up to have re-signed for the Purps.”

“I knew I wanted to stay as soon as I spoke with Ello. I’ve really enjoyed my time here, and can’t wait to get going again.”

“Hopefully we can start the season off well and push towards the top of the table.”

DEVINE SIGNS

City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce that Ethan Devine will be returning for the 2021-22 season.

The midfielder came through the youth ranks at Tranmere Rovers, and signed for the Purps from Marine in 2019.

Devine made 14 appearances in total last season, impressing particularly after coming into the starting XI for our FA Trophy victory at Atherton Collieries. Ethan put in an imperious display which belied his years and made the number six position his own for the remainder of the season.

Manager Michael Ellison said, “Ethan is a player who’s really impressed since I’ve been at the club”

“For a young lad he plays the game with a real maturity, but the stand-out thing is his attitude. When we first came in, he wasn’t getting the game time he wanted, but there was no sulking, he didn’t miss a training session and then took his opportunity away at Atherton Collieries.”

“Ethan has not looked back since and I’m delighted to have him on board.”

 

COLFC IN THE COMMUNITY ENJOY ANFIELD EXPERIENCE

COLFC in the Community enjoyed the experience of playing at Anfield on Thursday 27th May, as they participated in a friendly match with Liverpool Homeless FC.

Our Community arm took a team of twenty participants from the Football For Everyone refugee integration scheme and Social Footy session, both of which run weekly at the Purple Hub.

The fixture saw Liverpool Homeless win 5-3 in an end to end game, and COLFC’s goals were scored by Andrew Harnick (2) and Liam Catling.

COLFC in the Community volunteer Michael Meadows said, “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our participants, especially those who are Liverpool fans!”

“We’re grateful to LFC and COLFC for arranging the fixture and allowing us to play, it’s certainly something none of us will ever forget.”

“It was amazing in particular to share the experience with some of our refugee footballers who are a huge part of what we do. Seeing them running out at Anfield in their new home city was a brilliant moment for us all.”

“To think that we have played in front of The Kop when we originally started out with an informal kick about in Princes Park is frankly mind blowing, but it shows how far we have come as an organisation.”

“It was a fantastic experience for our Social Footy members too, who in the past few years have built a community of lads who’ve made friends through mutual love of football.”

“The kit we wore on the day was designed in collaboration with our refugee footballers and included the words ‘LoveFootballHateRacism’. As an inclusive club, we were proud to show our solidarity to fighting racism whilst fielding a diverse squad of comprising of various ages, abilities and backgrounds at one of the most iconic grounds in world football.”

City of Liverpool Squad: Chris Davies, Albashir Omar Altyup, Sam Pearson, Allen Weston, John Colfar, Khalid Hussein Hamid, Josh Skarratt, Wade Reid, Andrew Harnick, Tom Rogan, Dave McKnight, Adam May, Graham May, Sean Lindblad, Michael Meadows, Colin Gardner, Patrick Manning, Liam Catling, Tony Cassidy, Matthew Spencer, Mo.

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