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.

Purps Announce Legends Team

City of Liverpool FC are delighted announce the formation of a ‘Legends’ team which will form part of a brand new Veterans section of the club.

Teams within the Veterans section will play home fixtures at the club’s new Purple Hub @ King George V playing fields in Huyton.

We are pleased to welcome back Tom Spearritt, who will manage the Legends team. Tom will be a familiar face to most Purps, having been a member of the coaching staff for 3 years since our debut season.

Tom initially held the role of Assistant Manager under Simon Burton, helping the Purps to four trophies in that time.

Spearritt then stayed on as a physio and coach during Craig Robinson’s 1st season in charge, in which the Purps won the NWCFL Premier Division on a dramatic final day at Irlam.

Spearritt will be assisted by former Purps forward Daley Woods and is extremely excited to return to the club, “When the Chairman approached me about taking up the role it was something that I was keen to discuss. A few phone calls later and I was on board.”

“I’ve asked Daley to come in and assist with the team, although I’m still expecting him to be putting the ball in the net as well!”

Tom’s squad will comprise of an exciting array of former Purps stars mainly from that famous first season where we achieved promotion from the NWCFL Division One via the Play Offs and won the Reusch and Macron cups.

Spearritt explained, “Thankfully the majority of the lads who are well known from the 2016/17 team have committed to the cause”.

Initially the Legends side will play a number of friendlies throughout the year with a view to placing them into a local league from 2021/2022.

“Going forward we are looking to arrange several games over the season against various teams, ex pro players, hospital and key worker teams. Each match will be dedicated to a local charity and support the growth of the Purple Hub.

Spearritt continued, “We are hoping the fans will get on board once again and we can all reminisce about our treble winning season.”

“Me and the lads are looking forward to getting the purple shirts back on, although it’ll be a coat for me!”

Legends Squad: Stephen Longrigg, Tom Spearritt, Sean Kelly, Tony Dunne, Allen Weston, Todd Blayney, Mike Smith, John Connolly, Phil McDiarmid, Ant Daniels, Declan Gregson, Billy Webb, Leon Williams, Rob Ablewhite, Aaron Rey, Daley Woods.

There will be a further announcement this week regarding the formation the Veterans section of the club, which has been planned and led by member Francis Stanton.

Purps Announce Sports Hub Acquisition

July 9th is a special day in the City of Liverpool FC calendar. On this day in 2016 the club took to the field for the first time, in a friendly fixture away at Prestatyn Town that the debutant Purps eventually won by three goals to two.

Four years later to the day COLFC history was again being made as club directors received the keys to the King George V (KGV) Sports Complex in Huyton.

With the club’s official take over of the facility taking place at midnight, COLFC members will have woken up this Friday morning with the club they own possessing the lease to this impressive facility!

Comprising a sports hall, boxing gym, all weather football pitches, grass football pitches, tennis courts and bowling greens, the management of this complex will be a significant undertaking for the club and will mark a transition to COLFC becoming a seven days a week operation.

To be branded as PurpleHUB @ King George V, the complex will provide a training base for our first team as well as a home ground for the club’s community, junior, youth, veterans and legends teams.

In addition, in a major expansion of the club’s COLFC Community activities, KGV will be developed into a genuine community hub for Huyton.

Our plans for the site will be designed to enable new uses for the site and attract new users.

We also look forward with great excitement to working with existing service users at the site, including Huyton ABC (Brin’s Gym), Michael Corless Soccer Schools, Krav Maga, Party Kingdom, Steel Fitcamp, Moo Music, Millennium Dancers and Marie’s House.

This significant milestone in the club’s development comes as the result of almost twelve months of hard work by club directors alongside Livv Housing Group and Knowsley Council.

In particular, COLFC wishes to place on the record our thanks to the team at Livv Housing Group for their help and support in making this project happen for us. Special thanks go to Tony Cahill, Amanda Newton and Fiona Mather.

We also wish to thank the Leader of Knowsely Council, Cllr Graham Morgan, and his executive officers for taking the time to meet with us in the early stages of this project, Justin Thompson for advice and support in negotiating our way through the council’s processes, and St Michael’s ward Councillors Kay Moorhead, Joan Lilly and Mike Kearns for their continued backing.

We look forward to continuing the partnerships that we have begun to establish as we work to secure to secure capital investment to develop new facilities at the site according to community priorities

COLFC, as a Community Benefit Society and social enterprise, is committed to delivering social benefit. KGV will represent a major upshift in our capacity to achieve this.

Our operating model for the site is focused upon maximising community use of the existing facilities and establishing new facilities and services that will benefit Huyton people.

Initially we will raise awareness within the community of the facilities available for leisure, recreation and sport, reaching out to every age group and demographic.

This initial phase will also involve establishing new booking systems and raising awareness through community engagement.

Bookings are now available from the scheduled opening date of 25th July on the new PurpleHUB @ King George V website:

www.purplehub.co.uk

Research undertaken in the development of our proposals for KGV by Dr Alan Southern (University of Liverpool, Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice) identified the need for a community hub in the locality and the latent potential of COLFC to deliver this initiative:

“An important point to emerge from this work was the lack of community hubs in Knowsley. The research indicated that there no functioning community hubs in the district.

“To maximise their economic and social impact, community hubs should have a multi-purpose although not be expected to exhaustive in their offer. The ideas behind the COLFC initiative would appear to fit the general model of a community hub.”

“There is already an economic impact to the work undertaken by COLFC. However, it must be stressed how this is latent and contains much more promise. COLFC are one of those potential growth social organisations that were identified in the Heseltine research as a priority for growth support.”

As we enter our fifth year amid prevailing clouds of uncertainty, PurpleHUB @ King George V provides a reason to look forward with excitement and optimism to all associated with City of Liverpool FC.

Our club has never stood still or stopped looking for ways to develop and grow as a truly mutual community owned entity.

Today our club has grown significantly.