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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!
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.
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.
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.
Kendal Town v City of Liverpool
Tuesday 29th Sept. KO 19:45
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
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.
Postcode is LA9 7BL
Train- With it being mid-week it will be very difficult to get back after the match on public transport.
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.
COLFC V MORPETH TOWN
FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND
TUESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 19:45 KO
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.
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.
This is the first meeting between City of Liverpool and Morpeth Town.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
City of Liverpool opened the season with a convincing victory in the FA Cup over Glossop North End in front of 350 fans at the Ambec Forklift Stadium.
There was a late change to the starting lineup as striker Tony Gray had to be replaced by Elliot Nevitt after the warm up.
The opening half an hour was a cagey affair with no chances of note. Both teams were combative in midfield but failed to convert that into attempts at goal.
When the first chance of the game came on 30 minutes it was put away with aplomb. Elliot Nevitt picking up a loose back pass just inside the Glossop half, he raced away towards the box leaving both centre backs running in treacle, before calmly placing it past the on coming keeper into the bottom corner. Cue jubilation from the travelling Purps!
Glossop put the Purps under a bit of pressure as the half drew to a close. Plenty of long balls into the box but Brown and McCarten won everything with Burke, Barrow and Kinsella working hard to get the second ball and try to push City of Liverpool forward on the counter attack.
HALF TIME: GLOSSOP 0-1 COLFC
The Purps where straight on the front foot after the restart. Kinsella driving down the left before slipping a pass to the overlapping Rigby, his pull back however was too close to the Glossop keeper with Nevitt and Reid arriving.
Minutes later Rigby curled a beauty of a free kick into the box. McCarten had got across his man and his clever dummy ricocheted off a Glossop defender but fortunately for him it was close to the keeper who gathered.
Burke began to find pockets of space in midfield and looked to set Nevitt in behind. The flag was quickly up despite Nevitt running from deep but it was a sign of things to come as the Purps searched for a second goal.
Glossop had their first attempt as Wheeler was almost caught off his line by a chipped effort from the right but Rigby was back on the line to clear the danger.
The Purps almost extended the lead as Nevitt again raced clear from a lovely through ball from Barrow. The angle was tight but he rolled it inches past the far post.
A minute later the second goal came on 61 minutes. Again Barrow released Nevitt with a lovely through ball but he just ran a tide wide in the box. Nevitt had runners arriving in support and he kept the ball well before finding Kinsella who took a touch sat the keeper down and placed it over him to double the lead.
Glossop again resorted to long balls and deep free kicks to try and find a way into the game. McCarten, Brown and Barrow all dealing with the threat and Wheeler was also a composed presence coming through a crowded box on a couple of occasions to claim crosses.
Nevitt was having a field day as the midfield looked to #FeedTheBeast at every opportunity. Twice more being sent clear but mis hitting one from a tight angle as it bobbled up another the keeper raced off his line to thwart the danger.
The Purps put the tie beyond doubt and added a third on 76 minutes. Dom Reid this time racing away but a Glossop defender managed to get back goal side and hold him up. With his back to goal he rolled a pass into substitute Jack Hazlehurst who made no mistake. Jack had been on the pitch for less than 2 minutes before sealing the win.
On 84 minutes substitute John McGrath received a red card following a clash with a Glossop defender. But the Purps saw out the tie and ensured we are into the next round. The draw takes place on Monday at around midday.
FINAL SCORE: GLOSSOP 0-3 COLFC
LINEUP: Wheeler, Jeffries, Brown, McCarten, Rigby, Burke, Barrow, Kinsella (Hazlehurst), Reid (McGrath), Nevitt, McDonald (Corrigan).
MAN OF THE MATCH: There were outstanding performances all over the pitch but Elliott Nevitt is more than deserving. He gave the Glossop centre backs a torrid 90 minutes. Always a willing runner in behind and holding up the play to bring others in.
GLOSSOP NE VS CITY OF LIVERPOOL
FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND
SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 3PM KO
It’s been a long road to get here but 6 months after the 2019/2020 season was officially declared null and void due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Purps are back playing competitive fixtures. This weekend the new season officially starts for us and there is no better competition to begin the season than the FA Cup.
Craig Robinson has a new look squad at his disposal, with a number of eye catching signings including the veteran striker Tony Gray, Nathan Burke, Louis Corrigan and James Yates. He has also further boosted his attacking options by bringing back Craig Cairns to the club. Jordan Barrow, Stephen Rigby and Dominic Reid are also new faces to have impressed in pre-season.
Glossop North End will be our first opponents of the new season. They are also members of the Northern Premier League however they play in the South/East Division as opposed to ourselves in the North/West Division.
This will be the 3rd time we have faced Glossop with the previous fixtures also being in the FA Cup. Back in August 2018 when the Purps were operating at Step 5 against Step 4 opponents, a twisting and turning Jack Hazlehurst equaliser earned a 1-1 draw at home setting up a replay at Surrey Street.
The replay was a back and forth affair. Twice Glossop took the lead and twice the Purps got back into the game through John McGrath and again Jack Hazlehurst. The tie went into extra time and less than a minute in Dave Forbes picked the defender’s pocket and fired home the winner.
25/08/18 COLFC 1-1 Glossop NE
04/09/18 Glossop NE 2-3 COLFC (aet)
Car– It’s just over an hour drive. Use postcode SK13 8GG for the sat nav
Train– It will cost £18.80 for a return. Lime Street- Man Piccadilly- Glossop