FA Trophy Match Postponed

City of Liverpool FC Vs Cleethorpes Town

Saturday 17th October 2020, 3pm, Berry Street Garage Stadium, L30 1NY

MATCH POSTPONED

Following detailed communication between City of Liverpool FC, Cleethorpes Town FC, Sefton Council and the Football Association, the club received confirmation this afternoon that this fixture would take place as scheduled.

Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) guidance is that semi-professional players are permitted to travel into and out of Tier 3 areas for the purposes of fulfilling National League System or FA Competition fixtures. Therefore, The FA’s view was that this match should be played as scheduled, unless Sefton Council determined that it should not be played (which Sefton Council has not done).

Further to this, The FA stipulated that away supporters should not be permitted to attend this match and, following further discussion with Sefton Council, City of Liverpool FC agreed that people resident outside of the Liverpool City Region Tier 3 area would also not be permitted to attend this match.

Having considered this guidance, Cleethorpes Town FC has taken the decision not to travel to Merseyside for the match and will, therefore, forfeit the tie.

Supporters who have purchased tickets for this match will be refunded via Skiddle.

With regard to future fixtures, the guidance is such that supporters who are resident within the Liverpool City Region Tier 3 area should not travel to matches taking place outside of the City Region. For clarification, the Liverpool City Region comprises the following council areas:

Liverpool

Sefton

Knowsley

Wirral

Halton

St Helens

We are sorry that Saturday’s match will not take place and that supporters will no longer be able to travel to matches outside of the Liverpool City Region. However, public health and the wellbeing of each and every one of us is paramount and City of Liverpool FC will continue to work alongside local public health officials to ensure our community is as safe as possible during this crisis.

Thank you for you support and Up The Purps.

Purps Announce Dunne Departure

City of Liverpool FC can confirm that long serving assistant manager Tony Dunne has left the club following the departure of Craig Robinson and appointment of a new management team.

Dunney was involved in the Purps from the very start, initially signing for Simon Burton as a player and playing in our first ever fixture at Prestatyn Town on 9th July 2016. In total Tony made 9 appearances for the club before moving to be part of Burton’s backroom staff.

As a coach Dunney has been part of an unprecedented period of success for the club, contributing to that incredible 2016-17 season where the Purps won the Reusch Cup, Macron Cup and NWCFL Division 1 Play Off Final.

After the departure of Simon Burton, Tony was retained by new manager Craig Robinson and was an integral part of the backroom team which oversaw our dramatic NWCFL Premier Division title win, and promotion to the Northern Premier League.

Dunney departs the Purps having been an ever-present member of the joint most successful club in NWCFL history!

The club wishes to place on record it’s thanks to Tony for his service over the past five years, and we wish him the very best for his future in the game.

Although we are losing Tony, the backroom link to our first ever game at Prestatyn continues through Michael Ellison’s appointment of Chris Lawton to the new management team.

Lawton actually played at centre-back for the Purps in our first ever fixture, and was signed by Simon Burton as a player coach before leaving and being replaced in the role by…. Tony Dunne!

Chris is joined in Michael Ellison’s backroom team by Matt Cross and we are sure all Purps will join us in welcoming both Chris and Matt to the club.

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!

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 applications@colfc.co.uk

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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MATCH PREVIEW: Glossop North End

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.

 

Past Results

25/08/18 COLFC 1-1 Glossop NE

04/09/18 Glossop NE 2-3 COLFC (aet)

Travel

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

#UTP

 

BURKE SIGNS FOR COLFC

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of Nathan Burke from FC United of Manchester.

An energetic and accomplished box-to-box midfielder, Nathan has a great reputation in the game having started his career at Liverpool FC Academy.

The 24 year old scouser spent nine years at the Premier League club, where he held the role of captain at various youth levels.

After leaving Liverpool, Nathan impressed at Warrington Town before spending four successful years at Bala Town where he played in UEFA Europa League fixtures.

Burke impressed as a trialist in Tuesday’s friendly victory over Market Drayton Town FC, capping a fine individual performance by scoring an emphatic left footed strike from range to make it 3-0.

 

Manager Craig Robinson was pleased to welcome his new recruit, “This is a great signing for us, I’ve known Nathan a long time he’s great young man with huge talent that will fit well in our squad.”

“He’s been successful wherever he has been and I’ve no doubt he will be a success with us and bring that winning mentality we are looking for!

Burke goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s final pre-season game, away at FC United of Manchester.

Welcome to the club, Nathan.

 

INTRODUCING ‘PITCHING IN’ – THE NEW PARTNER OF THE NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE

GVC is delighted to announce that the new sponsor of the Northern Premier League, Isthmian and Southern Leagues – is Pitching In.

Pitching In, is a new Grassroots Sports Investment Programme that has today been launched by GVC, the multi-national sports-betting and gaming group which owns Ladbrokes and Coral.

The partnership covers all three leagues that make up Steps 3 & 4 of the National Leagues System, who market themselves collectively as the Trident Leagues.

England footballing legend Stuart Pearce, who played for Wealdstone FC for five years at the start of his long and illustrious career, has been appointed as the official Pitching In ambassador.

Stuart Pearce, ambassador for the Pitching In programme, says:

“I am delighted to be taking up the role of ambassador for Pitching In, as I’m passionate about the importance of investing in grassroots sports and in developing young talent.”

“I started out playing for Wealdstone FC before joining Coventry City so I understand how important funding is to the non-league game.”

“Grassroots football is facing huge challenges at the moment and many clubs are struggling to stay afloat.”

“GVC’s Pitching In investment will help make a big difference to hundreds of clubs and thousands of players across the country.”

Pitching In has been set up with the objective of supporting, protecting and encouraging grassroots sports in the UK through a range of initiatives.

In addition to financial support, a key focus of the partnership will be to facilitate and encourage members of the community to become volunteers, and do some pitching in of their own. A Pitching In volunteering scheme will be established to link GVC’s Ladbrokes and Coral shop colleagues with their local clubs.

In the weeks ahead Pitching In and the Trident Leagues will be announcing further initiatives to provide financial support and opportunities for all the 226 clubs (rising to 240 in 2021).

For more information on Pitching In please visit www.gvc-plc.com/pitchingin