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.

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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

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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

MATCH REPORT: COLFC 5-1 U19s

City of Liverpool FC produced a professional performance to overcome a spirited display from Liverpool Football College’s talented U19’s team.

The fixture was the first the club has hosted at the new Purple Hub complex and was a good workout for Craig Robinson’s team in our third pre-season outing.

The u19’s started well and showed glimpses of their promise early on with #10 firing over from range after Stephen Rigby had headed a deep cross clear.

It didn’t take the Purps first team long to take the lead, however.

Former College graduate John McGrath played a delightful ball over the backline and Craig Cairns took it around the keeper with a magnificent first tough before tapping into the empty net.

It was a fine goal from the returning goal-machine Cairns, evoking comparisons with a Luis Suarez strike against Newcastle in 2013.

 

The U19s continued to look lively and were confident in possession. College forward Tyler Magee raced clear after some good build up play but was denied by fine defending from Anthony Brown who nicked the ball off his toe as he attempted to get a shot away.

The first team doubled their advantage courtesy of another poacher’s finish from marksman Cairns.

Jamie McDonald slid in for a loose ball with the College goalkeeper, with the ball breaking loose after a fortuitous deflected clearance for Cairns to tap into the unguarded net to make it 2-0.

 

The U19’s hit back minutes later and scored a fine goal to get back in the game.

The Purps half cleared but the ball broke to Tyler Magee who hit a first time effort from 25 yards which curled beyond Owen Wheeler and into the back of the net.

It was a brilliant opportunistic finish from Magee and no more than he deserved following an impressive performance on the night.

 

The U19s resurgence was short lived however as moments later, Jamie McDonald pick pocketed possession from a defender in their own box, before squaring to give Craig Cairns the easiest of finishes to complete his hat trick.

It was yet another example of Cairns’ goalscoring qualities on his first start since returning from Runcorn Town, as if anyone needed a reminder.

The Purps siege on goal continued with John McGrath denied by a fine goal line clearance after slaloming past a couple of defenders.

Ethan Devine also smashed the bar from range in a frenetic end to the half.

On the stroke of half time, the Purps finally got their fourth as Dom Reid hammered into the net from the left-hand side of the area after good work from Jamie McDonald.

The Purps made a number of changes at the interval and sub keeper Andy Marshall was called into action early on, doing well to hold a fizzing long range effort from the U19s.

New signing Jordan Barrow, playing the second period in midfield, threatened from long range with a daisy cutter but it was well held by the U19s keeper under pressure from Nevitt following in.

The keeper did well again moments later, as a whipped ball in from TRIALIST was met by the head of Hazlehurst, but the College custodian was more than equal to it.

Barrow again threatened from close range but was again thwarted by a magnificent stop as the goalkeeper spread himself to make the block and prevent a certain goal.

The 5th goal did come soon after, however.

In-form forward Elliott Nevitt beat the offside trap on the right hand side of the area before hammering a powerful effort beyond the outstretched left hand of the keeper to grab his third goal of pre-season.

 

Both Nevitt and TRIALIST threatened to add to the Purps tally late on but were denied by committed blocks from the U19 defenders.

In truth it was a convincing win for the first team, but the U19s gave a good showing of their undoubted talents against superior and more experienced opponents.

Particularly, Tyler Magee who scored a fine goal and Derrick Amankwah in midfield who put in an assured and composed performance which belied his years.

We wish the U19s squad and staff the very best for the season ahead.

COLFC First Half XI: Wheeler, Kinsella, Jeffries, Brown, Rigby, Reid, Devine, Hynes, McGrath, McDonald, Cairns

COLFC Second Half XI: Marshall, Yates, Hynes, Stevens, Corrigan, TRIALIST, McEllin (TRIALIST), TRIALIST, Barrow, Hazlehurst, Nevitt

MATCHDAY GALLERY:

Purps and Regenda Homes Reward Local Organisations.

City of Liverpool FC and main sponsors Regenda Homes are pleased to announce a donation of four season ticket packages to four local good causes.

The ‘Purple Package’, as it will be known, comprises of a Purps season ticket, monthly COLLOTTO entry and a Pingo game line.

The four local good causes chosen by the club and Regenda Homes are:

Rotunda Inclusive Hub – The Hub is an extension of Rotunda Boxing Club which was started as a charity aiming to help local children on the autistic spectrum, with ADHD and deafness as well as assisting with mental health.

Silcox Villa JFC u13’s – Silcox Villa JFC are a local grassroots football team for children, playing in the Bootle JFL.

Damien John Kelly House – DJK House is an innovative support and accommodation scheme helping male recovering drug and alcohol addicts to rebuild their lives. Based in Wavertree, the scheme is run by Vitality Homes and currently houses 17 people.

Centre 56 – Part of The Regenda Group, the charity provides childcare, information and support for families who have suffered or who are at risk of suffering domestic abuse or a crisis situation.

Each beneficiary will also be invited to hold a bucket collection at a COLFC match as soon as it is safe to do so.

Regenda Homes has a strong relationship with City of Liverpool FC and both have shown a longstanding commitment to assisting local organisations, good causes and young people.

Last season saw a number of local charities, junior sports teams and youngsters benefit from Regenda and COLFC’s matchday experience through bucket collections and mascot duties.

The club’s partnership with our main sponsor was also evident during the recent lockdown, as we worked together to set up essential food item deliveries to elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Food item donations were also made to good causes like Damien John Kelly House, with deliveries being facilitated from COLFC’s Food Union ‘The Purple Pantry’.

City of Liverpool FC Chairman Paul Manning said, “This is a great initiative and one which we support wholeheartedly.”

“All four organisations are doing great work within our communities that have actual social impact and hopefully, these Purple Packages can help develop that impact over the course of next season.”

Kevin Short, Housing and Neighbourhood Services Team Leader for Regenda Homes, added, “This is a fantastic idea and it will certainly help raise money for some really good causes. It’s just goes to show that working together can get you results on the pitch and off it. That’s what community spirit is all about!”

Purps Member Cycling For Morning Star Fundraiser

City of Liverpool FC member Peter Middleman is taking part in a cycling challenge to raise vital funds for the World’s only English language daily socialist newspaper, The Morning Star.

Pedal4Progress sees ‘the Pollitt Brigade’, a team of six mixed ability riders (and one special guest), cycle roads linking Manchester, Derby, Bedford, Golders Green, Highgate and central London between Wednesday 29th July and Friday 31st July.

Speaking during the challenge, Purps member Peter Middleman said, “I’m really grateful for the support the committee and many others at The Purps have shown for the Morning Star.”

“The Merseyside Readers and Supporters are looking forward to building the relationship which continues – not least through the excellent weekend articles about the club’s community work.”

“This ride to raise funds in the paper’s 90th year is really important for its future survival so any donations to preserve the daily paper of the Left will be greatly valued”

City of Liverpool FC have been greatly supported by The Morning Star through fantastic weekly features on all aspects of our club activities and community work by James Nalton.

The paper also contains match reports for every Purps match, which helps us to keep people informed of our activity on the pitch too.

In the 90th anniversary year, the paper has been impacted by a reduction of sales prompted by the Covid-19 lockdown and requires a special fundraising effort which the Pollitt Brigade are honoured to support.

The club encourages Purps to support Peter and ‘the Pollitt Brigade’ in their challenge and donate if you can.

It’s a great way to say ‘thanks’ to the Morning Star for the fantastic coverage they have given us, and continue to provide.

All info on how to do so can be found on their webpage https://pedal4progress.wordpress.com/

Supporters can keep up to date on the challenge by following @pedal4progress on Twitter and Instagram too.