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Football Management Team

This is the football management team who lead the COLFC 1st team, Reserves and Ladies teams.

1st Team Manager

Simon Burton


Simon is an FA Qualified football coach who joins us after 7 seasons of success at NWCFL Premier Division side Runcorn Town, leading them out of the West Cheshire League and into the North West Counties Football League in his first season and following that up with an immediate promotion up and out of the North West Counties 1st Divison and into the Premier Division.


Simon's team almost made it a hat-trick of promotions, with an excruciatingly close 2nd place finish in 2011/12.


Under Simon's management Runcorn Town only finished outside the top 5 places in the Premier Division once and went on to have another second placed finish and during his time as Manager he has enjoyed great success in FA competitions making several appearances in the last 32 of the FA Vase as well as reaching the last 16 in 2012/13 season. The crowning moment came in 2014/15 with a 0-1 away victory over the Northern Conference leaders, Barrow AFC in the FA Cup 2nd qualifying round. 


Still only aged 38, Simon is very ambitious for himself and City of Liverpool FC and matches exactly the club's outlook on the short / medium and long term goals for the club.


Simon is married with 2 children and works as an account manager for a large food service company.

1st Team Assistant Manager

Tom Spearritt


Tom Spearritt has joined COLFC with Simon as assistant manager from Runcorn Town.
Tom grew up in Liverpool, playing for Liverpool school boys at U10 and U14-15 age groups. He then went on to complete a scholarship at Wigan Athletic. Tom moved into semi professional football, playing at Southport, Runcorn FC, Halton and several other clubs over a 14 year period.
He joined up with Simon at Runcorn town in 2012/13 season.
Away from football Tom is a Chartered Specialist physiotherapist working at the Walton Centre in Aintree, specialising in head and spinal injuries. 

1st Team Coach

Phil MacDiarmid


Phil Grew up in Liverpool and played for  LFC schoolboys before joining Swindon Town on a YTS scheme and going on to sign professional forms with Bristol City FC.
Phil then played Non league football whilst studying to develop as a coach at LFC Academy, whilst at the same time studying to become a Chartered Pysiotherapist.
He coached at LFC for 13 years before joining the Blackburn Rovers FC Academy, where he has been for the last 3 years 

1st Team Coach

Tony Dunne


Tony was part of the inaugural squad of players set up at City of Liverpool FC under Simon Burton and is now utilising his experience to greatly adapt into his first role in coaching. 

Images of staff courtesy of Philip Costello

Reserve Team Manager

James Walsh


James, 21 years old, brings a wealth of coaching experience to his role at COLFC. He holds an FA Level 2 coaching qualification and a BA Sports Coaching Degree from Liverpool John Moores University.


James spent 3 seasons coaching at Dover Athletic during their most succesful period with two FA Cup runs reaching the 3rd Round proper along with a Conference South playoff victory. In 2014 James moved to Liverpool to begin his Degree and joined Bootle FC's coaching staff, spending 3 seasons with the first team. James is looking to start his UEFA B license next season to build on the experience he already has gained.   

Reserve Team Assistant Manager & Fitness Coach 

Danielle Rutter


Danielle is a Level 3 Qualified Fitness Coach and is currently studying towards her FA Level 2 Coaching course (already holding the Level 1 Qualification). She is a highly experienced coach with fantastic knowledge of the game playing a vital role and providing great support to James.


Danielle expertly links her knowledge of fitness and football to provides another dimension to training sessions for the squad of Reserves players. She is the only Female assistant manager within the men’s game. 

Ladies Team Manager

Harriet Miller





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