With the season coming to its conclusion and the period for signing players closing shortly, Manager Craig Robinson has been working hard to ensure that the club does not get caught short with injuries, suspensions or holidays and has acted quickly to strengthen the 1st team squad.
The club is delighted to announce the signing of James McCarten on a dual registration from Warrington Town. James is a commanding Centre Half with a lot of experience at non-league football.
Craig Robinson said “Jay has been a big part of Warrington Town’s success over the last few years. I know him well and he’s a great lad to have in the dressing room but most importantly he’s a winner and leads by example.
He knows what it takes to be successful and that can only help us with our run in.
I’d like to thank Paul Carden and Warrington Town for letting us sign Jay on a dual registration.”
Also signed for the end of the season are two ex-purps whose names will be familiar to everyone associated with the club; Karl Wills and Michael Roberts.
Karl enjoyed an initial spell with the club last season and impressed everybody with his goalkeeping abilities and when he left to travel the world, it left a big gap for the team, which in fairness we struggled to fill until we signed Ben Ascroft. Karl has been signed as cover for Ben in the unlikely event of an injury or suspension.
Michael Roberts has never really left the club, having trained sporadically with us since his serious knee injury a year ago at Ashton Athletic. Robbo (the player) has always been in the thoughts of Robbo (the manager), so everyone was delighted when Michael arrived at training last week declaring himself fit and ready if needed, before proving his fitness with an impressive training session.
Craig Robinson said “Mike Robbo has been back training for a while after being out with an injury for a long time. He’s training well and it’s a big bonus to have him back involved in the squad.
Karl Wills is another great signing to add cover for Ben Ascroft in goal and again will bring more experience to the squad.”
All 3 players are signed and registered and available for selection for the weekend.
Saturday's postponed game v Barnoldswick Town will now take place on Tuesday 26th March at TDP Stadium, Bootle with Kick off at 8pm.
The Board wishes to place on record its thanks to all members who attended the AGM and those who could not attend but provided proxy votes. The meeting was a positive and uplifting event that re-affirmed our collective commitment to building a football club that truly represents the diverse social and cultural identity of our city.
Three resolutions presented to the meeting were passed without opposition, with the contributions from the floor demonstrating both the passion and insight of our members, and their absolute rejection of prejudice, discrimination and exclusion in football.
Resolution 1 determined that membership or active support of the Football Lads Alliance, Democratic Football Lads Alliance, or any organisation acknowledged as derivative, linear or successor to these organisations, is in contravention of the objects of the club. Members found to have breached this resolution will be removed from membership and banned from attending club fixtures and events. Supporters found to have breached this resolution will be banned from attending club fixtures and club events.
In seeking to protect the club’s image, in the form of our logo, name and abbreviated name, from misappropriation by tiny and unrepresentative factions, Resolution 2 provides a policy for regulating the use of the COLFC identity on materials linked with other clubs and organisations. COLFC is a relatively new club, playing in the ninth tier, that has worked hard to carve out an identity that does not involve reference to Liverpool FC or Everton FC. This cannot be undermined by individuals and small groups unilaterally determining to dilute the club’s collectively owned identity by linking it to top tier clubs in Germany, Scotland or other nations.
Henceforth, only the names, colours, crests, symbols and other insignia of clubs where partnerships have been properly approved, via the club Supporters’ Council and Board, may be linked to COLFC on banners, scarves, stickers or any other media or materials. Similarly, only the banners and flags of clubs where partnerships have been properly approved may be displayed at club fixtures. Those responsible for bringing items in breach of this policy to club fixtures, or for the production and distribution of such items, can now be asked to leave club fixtures and may be subject to formal warning and possible further action, up to and including removal from membership.
Finally, Resolution 3 has provided additional powers to be used in the member disciplinary process. Any member who has received a formal written warning regarding conduct prejudicial to the club will now be suspended from club membership, to include exclusion from club meetings and removal of voting rights, until such time as the warning is lifted or lapses.
While the subject matter may appear dry when presented in black and white, the meeting positively crackled with the enthusiasm, energy and the determination of members to reinforcing the club’s founding vision and values and to building a truly inclusive community club for Liverpool.
As the shouts that punctuated the applause at the meeting’s close said, “Up The Purps!”
Two more players from our National League u19 squad have signed forms to join our first team squad, after impressing manager Craig Robinson.
Haci Ozlu and Luke Partington will join the first team squad with immediate effect.
Manager Craig Robinson said " It's great to get Haci and Parto signed as they have both been performing well for the U19's and I'm looking forward to having them with us, to continue thier development with our football club."
Head of football at Liverpool Football College Todd Blayney said " it's a tribute to the performances of the team who've given Haci the platform to showcase his ability. He is a match winner and unstoppable on his day.
Luke is a class act, we've known him since he came through the LFC academy and it's clear that he has got what it takes to play at a higher level.
It's a great opportunity for both and a massive boost ahead of the Dallas Cup 2019 where both will feature in the City of Liverpool squads.
It's also evidence of the pathway that exists into the first team where Fidan Hadjari, Ethan Sansbury-Maddox and Lewis Wilkinson are already signed on and where alumni Jack Hazlehurst and John McGrath enjoy thier football so much."
with thanks to Paul Moran for the photograph
The Club's AGM for season 2017/18 will take place on Wednesday 6th March 2019 at Smithdown Social Club, Crawford Avenue, Liverpool L15, commencing at 7pm and concluding at 9pm.
Doors will open at 6.30pm and there is a bar available for people to purchase drinks and a small car park.
This is a Members Only meeting and tickets (which are free) can only be obtained from within the membership database. Please log on to your membership page at www.webcollect.org.uk and click "Events".
People who purchase new memberships between today and the AGM will not be allowed to attend this meeting.
Regenda Homes will continue to be the main sponsor of City of Liverpool FC (COLFC) for another two seasons, having appeared on the front of the club’s shirts since it was established over three years ago.
The announcement is the perfect start to the second half of the season for City of Liverpool FC, who are chasing promotion and currently sit top of the Hallmark Security Football League Premiership.
Since the start of our long-standing partnership, staff from both organisations have tirelessly worked together to support several community and fundraising initiatives during the season, including local foodbanks, domestic abuse charity - Centre 56 - and national mental health awareness charity, Chasing the Stigma.
Paul Manning, City of Liverpool FC Chairman, said " We are delighted to be able to continue working with Regenda Homes for another two years. The support we have had has been superb.
“As a volunteer led organisation, time and money are the two most valuable commodities and having support from an organisation like Regenda Homes allows us to move the club forward, both in the football sense and in the work of COLFC in the Community.
“We simply could not have asked for better partners!"
Michael Birkett, CEO at the Regenda Group, said: “I am absolutely delighted to extend our sponsorship of City of Liverpool FC.
“The partnership is built on shared values and the role that organisations like us play in helping our local communities. For many people, Premier League football is unaffordable, but City of Liverpool Football Club ensure that football continues to be accessible for all, including families with children.
“We have enjoyed working closely with the club, its staff, volunteers and supporters and we look forward to continuing this for the next two years and playing our part in the clubs footballing success too.”
City of Liverpool FC play its home games at the TDP Solicitors Stadium, Vesty Road, Bootle, L310 1NY. Adults entry free is £6. Concessions £3 and U16 free.
Purps' manager Craig Robinosn said "We welcome new signing Kris Owens into the squad, which is a big coup for the club. He's a young lad who has come through at Liverpool FC and was a pro at Bristol Rovers last season.
He's showed a great desire to play for us, which is a testament to the club and also to him, if we can give him a platform to perform, then it will help us get to where we want to be and also him as a player - he's an exciting signing for the club."
Kris commented "I'm made up to have signed for City of Liverpool and am just looking forward to getting out there and hopefully playing well for my home town team. I've heard a lot about the club as my Aunty Gill and her partner Kevin have supported them from the start, so I can't wait to get started."
City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that we have today signed Kris Owens.
Kris joins The Purps after his professional contract at Bristol Rovers expired and subject to confirmation from the FA, will be available for tomorrow's trip to Abbey Hey.
Kris spent two years at the Everton FC academy before crossing the divide and joining Liverpool FC aged 10, where he stayed until released at age 18.
Kris has trialled at numerous clubs including Crystal Palace, QPR, Cardiff City and Leeds United before finally returning "home" and has joined The Purps.
Aged just 20, Kris has been training with us for the last couple of weeks and has already fitted in well with the lads.
We will have comment from Manager Craig Robinson and Kris himself later on today.
With thanks to Purps' member and Supporter Kevin Morland for making the introduction.
Our Liverpool Senior Cup game with Widnes FC on Monday 17th December will now be played at Townfield Lane, the home of Barnton FC, as the new pitch at the Select Security Stadium is not ready to be played on as yet.
Kick off remains at 7.45pm.
Please note the entrance prices of:
Children FREE with an accompanying adult.
At Saturday's home game v 1874 Northwich, we will be collecting for the foodbank in honour of Ben Williams, the AFC Liverpool manager who tragically passed away aged 41 last week.
Ben was a big supporter of Supporting Foodbanks at AFC Liverpool and his familiy have asked that we make this week's donation in Ben's name.
We hope that all of our supporters who are able to, will bring a donation to the ground on Saturday, so that Supporting Foodbanks have a massive delivery to make over the weekend to help feed those in our community who need support, especially with Christmas just around the corner.
What a brilliant thought from Ben's family to think of others in our region at this most terrible time in thier lives.
Due to our progression in the Macron Cup, the home league match with Northwich Victoria scheduled for the 8th December has been moved to Tuesday 8th January, KO 7.45pm.
Our Liverpool Senior Cup Tie v Widnes will take place on Monday 17th December, KO 7.45pm and the match will be played at Halton Stadium, Widnes.
The Board of Directors of City of Liverpool are of course aware of the incidents which occurred before, during and after the game yesterday and categorically deny that any proportion of our supporters travelled to the game intent on causing trouble.
This vile rumour emanating from the North East, is the sole reason why there was any kind of disturbance yesterday and is being used as a justification for groups of youth and males from various football clubs in the Tyneside area coming to the match to attack our supporters.
Whoever has started this rumour and passed it on stands responsible for yesterday's disturbances.
Our supporters were physically attacked inside the ground before the match had even started and then again outside the ground walking back to their transport. Only for the quick reactions of the security guards closing the stadium gate and thus locking many more of these people inside the ground, more serious injuries were avoided.
In this country when you are attacked you have the right to self defense and the reports we are receiving from across the spectrum of our support, by which we mean Men, Women and Children, a significant amount of them have had to defend themselves yesterday, to both verbal and physical abuse.
Whilst there was security guards placed at each stadium access point, not a single steward identifiable by a high visibility jacket could be seen inside the ground, hence the gang of teenagers that attacked our supporters before the match were allowed to remain in the stadium and to repeat their attack at the end of the game, whilst hurling abuse and vile chants throughout the match, encroaching onto the pitch and releasing smoke cannisters.
Quite why Hebburn Town FC were so determined to attract a “record crowd” to this particular game is unclear to us but is perhaps related to the rumour swirling around. The 500-600 attendance that would have been generated by the supporters of the two clubs themselves, who incidentally got on very well indeed as expected, would have been more than enough to generate a great atmosphere for this football match.
However, the biggest group in attendance was approximately 700 people who were not supporters of either club and it is now clear that contained within this were not only very many friendly neutral supporters, but also groups of males who were at the game for the sole reason of attacking the supporters of City of Liverpool FC.
With those groups inside the ground, and with a vicious rumour swirling locally about our supporters, it was always likely that local troublemakers would be attracted to attend the game and so it proved.
Comments from the security guards, local police and on social media stated unequivocally that many banned football hooligans were present at the game and responsible for the trouble.
Hebburn Sports ground is a brilliant facility and we are certain that Hebburn Town FC is a great club with great supporters, but its unilateral decision to make this an all-ticket game (incidentally rescinded 22 hours before the game) and probably based upon the rumour, created a negative atmosphere initially, which was then compounded by a complete lack of matchday stewards inside the ground.
Consequently, this was not a safe environment for the 600 or so supporters of both clubs and the very many friendly neutrals who also attended the game. Instead, inadvertently, an environment was created where banned football hooligans could and did enjoy themselves.
That said, if we are presented with evidence from Northumbria Police that any of our supporters where involved in creating these disturbances, as opposed to defending themselves, then we will have no hesitation in banning them from our club with immediate effect.
We wish Hebburn Town FC the best of luck in the FA Vase this season. Nothing that happened off the pitch affected anything that occurred on it and they deserved thier win yesterday.
Craig Robinson, the Manager of COLFC said "Our first tie in the FA Vase this season will see us play Hebburn Town away which we will look forward to.
Like any competition we enter, we want to win it and it is the same with the FA Vase. The final is of course held at Wembley where every player dreams of playing and where I'm sure our fans would love to go and watch us play.
Last season we got knocked out by eventual finalists Stockton Town and I followed their results all the way thinking "that should have been us" an I know everybody else did too.
There wasn't much in that tie so I know my players will want to put that right and give our club the chance to be walking out at Wembley on Non League finals day next May."
City of Liverpool FC will play Hebburn Town of the Northern League in the FA Vase 1st round proper.
The game will take place on Saturday 13th October, KO 3pm.
This will be the Purps 3rd consecutive away trip to play a team from the Northern League in the FA Vase.
Details of coach travel will be released nearer to the time of the fixture.
This game will take place at Ashville FC (postcode is CH45 8RH) on Wednesday 19th September, KO 7pm
With it being an FA competition, we are required to make a charge for everyone entering the ground. The entry prices are as follows:-
The game will be played to a finish on the night.
We have had confirmation from Chester FC that we have been allocated a segregated area of the Swansway Stadium that is completely seated and can accomodate approximately 1100 supporters across the whole of the South Stand and an area of the West Stand.
Any COLFC supporters attempting to enter any other area of the Stadium will be refused entry or removed from the ground altogether.
Prices to pay on the gate are as follows:-
Concessions (proof required) £12.00
18-21 (proof required) £10.00
5 - 17 (proof required) £3.00
There are no advance ticket sales.
Coach travel is available via Paul McGrady of the Supporter's Council priced at £8 Adults & £4 kids departing from the usual points at The Empire Theatre and The Rocket.
We are awaiting further information about disabled access and spaces and will make a further announcement in due course.
Anthony told colfc.com:
"I am absolutely buzzing to be back with COLFC and am looking forward to meeting up with the lads and getting going again on what should be a successful season.
Its exciting times for everyone at the club with the start that Robbo and the lads have made and I am just happy to be back to help the club achieve thier goals.
Anthony's signing is registered at NWCFL and he is available for selection immediately.
Manager Craig Robinson said on the signing of Anthony Brown:
"I'd like to start by welcoming Anthony back to the club!
This is another statement of the progress of the club and where we want to go as a football club that we can sign a player of Browny's calibre.
Once he became available, he had offers from clubs at levels above, but he showed a desire to come back to City of Liverpool FC because he knows what we are about and wanted to be part of what we are doing.
As we seen last season Browny is a winner and will be bring a great mentality to the squad on and off the pitch and is a signing I know the fans will be pleased with and will give him a big welcome back"
The Purps are delighted to announce the signing of ex-star defender Anthony Brown.
Anthony has re-signed for the club after playing 16 times last season and scoring an amazing 7 goals from Centre Half.
Anthony started the season at Evostick West side Trafford FC, but is now back "home" and available for selection in tomorrow's squad for the game v Whitchurch Alport, although sadly he is cup tied for the rest of our FA Cup campaign.
Stand by for reaction from Manager Craig Robinson and Anthony himself.
The club is absolutely delighted to have been drawn away to National League North side Chester FC in the 2nd Preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The FA have made it clear that all games in this round of the competition must take place at 3pm on Saturday 22nd, other than potentially any live streamed game which may kick off earlier, but for now the game will be going ahead as a 3pm KO on Saturday 22nd September.
We do not have any ticketing or pricing as yet as the two clubs have not yet been in contact, but we will confirm all of this as soon as we can.
Manager Craig Robinson said:
"What a great draw for us all as a club to look forward to and its a week on Saturday, but before that we have 3 very important league games that we must all be focused upon, starting tomorrow at home versus Whitchurch Alport.
Chester is a great club with a long history and large support and our players will look forward to playing at that ground and on that pitch.
It is of course a tough tie as I know thier managers and they always have a tough, competitive team on the pitch, but the pressure is all on them and its our players and supporters who can go and enjoy the event.
This is a big platform for us to show people what this club is about and after all, it is the FA Cup and the squad we have is capable of causing an upset.
So let's look forward to this game, but first of all lets get behind the lads tomorrow night against Whitchurch."
As a result of yesterday's FA Cup game at Squires Gate, our away match at Barnoldswick Town yesterday was postponed and the game has been re-arranged for Tuesday 18/9/2018, KO 7.45pm, although we will request an 8pm KO if possible.
The win at Squires Gate yesterday also means we are through to the 2nd Preliminary round of the FA Cup and so our scheduled League game on 22nd September at Silsden will also now be postponed and re-arranged for a future date.
Due to Charnock Richard's success in the FA Vase at the weekend, our scheduled home game with them on 15/9/18 has been re-arranged as they will be playing in the Vase that day, for Tuesday 9th October, KO 7.45pm
We will now play away at Ashton Athletic on 15/9/18, Kick off 3pm at Brocstedes Park.
As previously advised, Paul McGrady has been acting Supporter's Council Chair pending being elected and an election meeting was scheduled for 6pm tomorrow, before the Runcorn Town game.
Nominations were invited for the role with a closing date of 4pm yesterday (Wednesday). No other nominations have been recieved and so Paul has been elected unopposed as Chaiman of the Supporter's Council and the meeting tomorrow to hold an election has now been cancelled.
We' congratulate Paul on his election and he will now make arrangements for a full meeting of the Supporter's council to take place.
The reward for the winners of the replay between ourselves and Glossop NE on Tuesday 4th September will be an away tie against Droylsden or Squires Gate.
The tie would take place on the weekend of 8th September.
We have confirmation from the FA that the replay away at Glossop North End will take place on Tuesday 4th September, KO 7.45pm.
Our Bank Holiday fixture at home to Burscough tomorrow is unaffected and goes ahead with a kick off of 3pm at the TDP Solicitors Stadium.
City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that we have today completed the signing of Paul Williams.
Paul is an experienced and versatile defender who has enjoyed successful campaigns at Burscough and Witton Albion in the Evostick League and has joined us from Trafford FC.
Manager Craig Robinson said "I am delighted to secure the services of Paul, who has the experience and quality that we are always looking for and has exactly the right mentality that we need.
He's played at higher levels and is a winner and I'm sure he will enjoy playing for his home town club and being on this journey with us."
Paul goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's Emirates FA Cup tie with Glossop North End.
The next meeting of the COLFC Supporters Council will take place before the match v Runcorn Town on Friday 31st August in the bar at TDP Stadium.
The meeting will commence at approximately 6.00pm.
The purpose of the meeting is to elect a new Chair of the Supporter's council. Paul McGrady is currently the interim Chairman and is standing for election to the full time role.
Should anybody else which to stand for election please send your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject "SC Nomination" and further instruction will be then be provided.
The closing date for nominations is 4pm on Wednesday 29th August.
Today the COLFC Under 19s side continue their preseason preparations by taking part in the 2018 Britannia Cup.
This tournament takes place in Chester over 3 days and we have entered not just one but two teams made up from our Under 19s squad, challenging for honours against youth sides associated with Derby County, Sunderland, Barnsley and Chester.
Check out the details of the tournament setup in our image here and we’ll bring you the results on social media and the Under 19s results page.
Good luck to both sides taking part! #UTP
COLFC are delighted to announce that we have signed Jamie McDonald for season 2018/19.
Jamie put pen to paper on a contract earlier today and returns to us from Evostick Premier League side Warrington Town.
Jamie originally joined COLFC in March 2017 and played 22 times for the club scoring 14 goals, including the winner in the Reusch Cup Final and two in the Play Off Final.
Although starting Season 17/18 with the Purps, Jamie took the opportunity to step up two divisions with Warrington Town and enjoyed a very good debut season with the Yellows culminating in a play off final defeat.
We are sure we speak for everyone associated with the club when we say that we are absolutely made up to have Jamie back in the fold and wearing Purple again.
Jamie goes into the squad for our 1st league game of the season against 1874 Nortwich on Saturday.
Watch the video of Jamie and Craig Robinson discussing the move on Purps TV
Season tickets are available at www.colfc.co.uk/shop
Sponsorship packages are available at www.colfc.co.uk/collaborate
3 new players have put pen to paper for the Purps over the weekend, following the conclusion of our pre-season fixtures.
Karl Clair spent almost 10 seasons with Liverpool FC and played in the 2009 FA Youth Cup final alongside Purps' stalwart midfielder Michael Roberts, before later playing for Vauxhalls in Conference North and latterly Marine in the Evostick Premier Division.
Adam Pepper is a well know name locally, who was once touted as one of the hottest prospects in the country and also spent several seasons at Liverpool FC, before moving onto Aberystwith Town, Stalybridge Celtic and Nantwich Town. We are still waiting for Adam's international colearance to come through.
Aubrey Rogers has recently returned from a football scholarship in the USA and has shown that he has the ability to to be a part of our squad for this season.
We welcome all 3 lads to the club and wish them the very best for the season ahead.
COLFC's home fixture v Runcorn Town originally scheduled for Saturday 1st September, has now been re-scheduled to Friday 31st August with an 8pm KO.
Thank you to Runcorn Town and Bootle FC for accomodating our request.
Hot on the heels of the First Team, today saw the release of the fixtures for the debut season of our Under 19s Youth side.
You can see the fixture list here as our lads start their challenge to win Division J of The National League Under 19 Alliance and there are some decent ties to look forward to for Purps players and fans alike.
Our season kicks off on 12th September with a home game against AFC Fylde, while our first league away trip comes two weeks later as we make the journey across to Stalybridge Celtic.
Our first local derby comes in mid October as our lads host Marine, and its a month later when we first play Salford City and make the trip over to face them. Christmas time brings a series of mouth watering clashes as we host Tranmere Rovers, then we make the trip through the tunnel/across the bridge (depending on your inclination!) to face Chester FC before we have back to back games in early January against FC United of Manchester!
The league season ends with the reverse clashes against Tranmere and finally Chester before our lads head off to the good old U S of A and play in the famous Dallas Cup in April 2019.
Due to the age of the players and due to clashes with education commitments/pitch availabilty etc all league fixtires are scheduled to kick off on Wednesdays at 2pm. With agreement from both teams, these kick off dates/times may be changed so keep an eye out for any fixture changes on the Under 19s Fixture page.
Remember: COLFC fans can Flok in at each of these games (including those in America) as a bonus for seeing the exciting Future Purps in action in their debut season!
With the new season just around the corner, we are now inviting local charities or causes to contact us to book in for a fundraising or engagement event at one of our home games.
Over the last two seasons, COLFC has helped many organisations raise money or awareness with bucket collections at our home games and an enagement table in our clubroom and you can benefit from COLFC too.
With an average home attendance of over 400 people, a Purple home game is a very good place to promote your cause.
To book an event with us firstly take a look at our fixture list here and then e-mail our enagagement co-ordinator Amanda Manning on email@example.com with your chosen game and she will run through the options with you.
Similarly it is always great to have kids in as mascots for games, either individuals or teams are welcome to contact Amanda and make arrangements. COLFC does not charge for this, seeing the kids happy always puts a smile on everybodies face.
COLFC has CRB checked volunteers on hand to ensure a safe environment for the children at all times.
You can now get OFFICIAL daily news and updates about The Purps direct to your phone via Whatsapp.
Simply add 07712424292 to your contacts and send a message saying "Purps Updates". You will get a confirmation message back and you will then begin recieving Purple news and updates as soon as they occur, which will be from tomorrow, 17/7/2018.
You'll get news of fixtures, travel, transfers in and out, matchday team news 1 hour before the game, as well as insights from the Management Team and players, along with anything else we can think of.
For obvious reasons we won't be able to provide details of injuries or squad news ahead of matches.
This is not a Whatsapp "Group" so no discussion will take place it is merely an information service.
This is a free service and in asking to recieve updates from the club via whatsapp, you are accepting that we will send you messages, although we promise not to bombard you with messages or share your information with any 3rd party.
With the league fixtures now having been released (you can see our full fixture list here ) it's clear we have got a tough start to our league campaign.
Two away games on the bounce to 1874 Northwich and Northwich Victoria are then off-set somewhat by a run of fixtures that would see us play 10 home games in our first 14 matches (if we can beat Silsden in the FA Cup).
Early home games against old foes Runcorn Town, Charnock Richard, Whitchurch Alport and Litherland REMYCA should see big crowds at the TDP and our two furthest away trips in the league this season to Barnoldswick and Silsden are out of the way by September.
We host our landlords Bootle on Boxing Day (weather permitting!) and they return the compliment on Easter Monday, before ending the campaign with a difficult looking 4 away games out of 5.
Its exciting and it all starts in a little over 3 weeks!!
Season tickets are available at www.colfc.co.uk/shop and are priced at £114 (adults) and £57 (concessions).
It's back! We are pleased to relaunch Flok again for this new season for the Partisans List, beginning with Saturdays trip to Merthyr Town.
As always, there will be a poster at ever First Team, Reserves, Ladies and now Under 19s game, home and away, for you to scan the QR barcode on using the Flok app on your smartphone. If you dont already have it, then download it now, register and search for the City of Liverpool FC Club.
Don't worry if you dont have a smartphone etc - you can still just email firstname.lastname@example.org after each match letting us know your name and which game you were at and your attendance will be added to the list too.
Please note that scanning the barcode or emailing your attendance confirms that you are happy for your name (and number of games attended) to be included in the published Partisans List on the club website or elsewhere.
Please let us know if you do not wish to be included in this and we will remove you.
Same as last season - make it to 15 games and you become a Silver member, 25 and you're Gold and Flok in to more than 50 games this season and you're one of the elite Platinum members. The person who attends the most games this coming season will win The Purple Partisan Award at the Purps end of season party. For those who made it to those levels last season, you will see that the Flok app will recognise your loyalty by showing off your Silver, Gold or Platinum membership. If you have already emailed in your attendance at games played already, then these are being added onto Flok this weekend - if you havent emailed in yours yet then do so now!
See if you can beat last season and make it to a higher level this year!
For those who did make it to Silver, Gold or Platinum levels last season will also be pleased to know that your prize is available for collection. They will collected on the coach trip down to Merthyr Town on Saturday 14th July and from First team preseason games after then.
In a change and improvement from the originally advertised prizes, we have created a limited edition medal as a memento for you to show off your loyalty, with a designated colour for the number of Purps games you attended last season.
The Board of Directors of City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce that Craig Robinson has been appointed as Player / Manager of the club with immediate effect.
Craig brings with him a wealth of experience throughout the Non-League pyramid and the respect of everyone at the club; from the Tea Ladies to the Players, to the Supporters to the Volunteers and Directors.
On his appointment Craig said “I wasn’t looking for a role in management at present as I still feel I have got at least 1 good season left in me on the pitch, but once I got approached I spoke to the squad and they have given me total support and along with the support of the Directors, I felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down.
I’m honoured to be given the chance to manage this great club in my home City with so much potential and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the job and doing my best”.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Chairman Paul Manning said “We always wanted continuity and having spoke to the playing squad at training on Monday it was clear that they wanted continuity as well at this crucial time of the season.
We have been inundated with enquiries and applications from all across the football spectrum over the last couple of days and we are grateful to everybody who has contacted the club.
Craig is a good lad and very humble, but we have seen his will to win on the pitch and the respect that he commands in football and we know that he has the total support of the playing squad, so we are very confident that we have made the right choice.”
Craig will be appointing his backroom team shortly.
The Club would genuinely like to thank our members and supporters for their total support and patience at what has been a very busy time for the club.
The Board of Directors of COLFC announce that the club has parted company with Simon Burton by mutual consent with immediate effect.
We’d like to pay tribute to the role Simon played since being appointed as Manager in 2016, especially the amazing success of season 2016/17 and the squad he built from scratch to achieve that.
We wish him the best of luck with whatever he does next in football.
The club will issue a further statement later today, but will make no further comment until then and we ask that our members and supporters do not engage in speculation on social media.
Confirmation has been recieved from the U19 National Youth Alliance League that City of Liverpool FC will play in Division J along with the following clubs:-
FC United of Manchester
Preston North End Myerscough
This looks like a very strong division but we know that the coacging staff and players can't wait to get stuck in and start playing matches.
Good luck fellas!
On Friday the club enjoyed its second annual awards ceremony, this year's event taking place at our old haunt the RNA Club in Broadgreen.
Around 100 purps were present along with players and management from all 3 of our teams; the 1st Team, the Reserves and the Women's plus ex-players Anthony Brown and Jamie McDonald.
The list of winners are as follows:-
Purple Partisan Medal - Gary Johansen
1st Team Players Player of the Year (Sponsored by Regenda Homes) - Kevin McEllin
Reserves Players Player fop the Year - Greg Power
Wonen's Players Player of the Year (joint) - Hayley Doran & Shannon Robinson
Leading Goalscorer - 1st Team (sponsored by Regenda Homes) - Tom Peterson
Reserves Player of the Year - Paul McKenzie
Women's Player of the Year - Rachel Parry
1st Team Player of the Year (sponsored by Regenda Homes) - Luke Denson
Rocket Claims Player of the Year - Jack Hazelhurst
Purpz Kidz Player of the Year - Jack Hazelhurst
Purple Samba Supporter (sponsored by Transalpino) - Sean Lindblad
Purple Samba Player (sponsored by Transalpino) - Francis Foy
We also held a minutes applause for our fallen comrades Danny Dalton & Bill Logan.
Thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed the night, to Regenda Homes & Transalpino for sponsoring the awards and Chris Maguire for sorting the Purple Sambas.
Below are all of the prize winners being presented with thier awards.
COLFC announces that admission prices for Season 2018/19 are as follows:
Adults - £6
Concessions - £3
16-18 - £1
U16 with paying adult - FREE
The increased adult admission price of £1 is due to our impending VAT registration as discussed with members previously.
Adult Season Tickets are £114.
Concessions Season Tickets are £57.
A limited number of Season Tickets in both categories are now available to purchase from the club shop here www.colfc.co.uk/shop
Great news for Club Director Gary Johansen who along with 4 other people has been co-opted onto the Hallmark Security League Management Committee for next season, to assist the league with the additional workload from having 60 member clubs.
Gary will remain as a Director of COLFC and continue with the roles he undertakes for us, but in any event we wish Gary all the best with his new role with the league.
At today's NWCFL League AGM the 1st and second rounds of the Macron Challenge Cup were made, involving all 60 clubs.
We were drawn at home to Ashton Athletic in the 1st Round, pitting two very recent winners of the cup together, and if successful in the 1st round, we were then drawn at home again against the winners of Longridge Town v Squires Gate.
A home draw is very welcome, as we only had 2 in the whole of last season in all cup competitions, so to be able to potentially equal that in the Macron Cup alone is very welcome. Here's hoping for more home draws in the other competitions also!
Chris Lester said " I am literally made up to be back with the Purps after having to cut last season short.
Can't wait to get back into it and after having a chat with Simon and hearing about the plans and seeing who was coming in, I knew I wanted to be a part of it again.
I'm looking forward to getting the Purple on again and getting back out in front of those fans!"
New Purp Joe Holt commented on agreeing to join the Purps:
"I'm happy to be joining a club that has great ambition and I'm looking forward to playing front of those fans.
I'd like to thank Runcorn Town for the time with spent with them, but am now just looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season with the lads and playing games for the Purples"
We are excited to announce that midfielder Joe Holt has also agreed to join City of Liverpool FC for Season 2018/19.
Joe made 39 appearances for Runcorn Town last season, scoring 5 goals from midfield with his all action style.
Simon Burton said "I'm absolutely delighted to get Joe in. I tried to sign him last season and it didn't come off, but we spoke a couple of weeks ago and felt we had a chance. Joe is a fantastic signing for the club, he's got a brilliant engine and is technically superb.
He'll fit perfectly with the style of football we play."
Chairman Paul Manning said "Joe is another who we have been tracking as we looked to re-model the squad to put a team on the pitch that can win football matches for the club. Joe is certainly in that category and again being a local lad he will easily fit right into our current squad".
We hope to get Joe's thoughts later tonight.
COLFC are also delighted to announce another new signing tonight.
We will be joined next season by a grizzled right back with a big smile who has years of experience at this level of football and is known as a Purps stalwart.
Chris Lester will be back in the famous Purple for Season 2018/19 after missing most of last season due to work commitments.
Chris has made 57 total appearance for COLFC many of them as vice Captain and then as Captain and we know the Partisans will be made up to see him back in the squad for the coming season.
After the announcement earlier today of the signing of our new top striker for the forthcoming season, Craig Cairns had a few words to say about his arrival at The Purps.
Craig said "I'm looking forward to a new challenge with the Purps and getting into pre-season training.
Having played against COLFC twice last season I know what a good side they are and how loud and supportive the crowd is, but I just want to be one of the lads and do what I do best for the team.
I'd like to thank everyone at Runcorn Town for a great couple of years and wish them all the best for next season."
We are delighted to announce that Craig Cairns has committed to joining City of Liverpool FC for season 2018/19.
The striker, who has scored 96 goals in his two seasons with Runcorn Town, including 44 last season, is both experienced and a proven goalscorer at Hallmark Security League Premier Division Level.
Manager Simon Burton said "Craig is an excellent addition to our already strong squad and after last season's very creditable 4th place finish, we are looking to improve on that this season in what is again going to be a very competitive division.
Craig is a proven goalscorer in this league and can only strengthen the squad and we are delighted to have him with us."
Chairman Paul Manning said "We have been keeping an eye on Craig for a while and we are delighted to bring him to the club. He's a local lad and so we know he's going to fit in to the dressing room no problem and quickly become a favourite of our supporters.
A lot of hard work has gone into securing Craig's signature and he will not the last player we bring to the club this season as we continue to strengthen our playing squad ahead of what is going to be another very tough season."
Brilliant support once again from PLS and Managing Director Paul Martin in sponsoring the Reserves kit.
Last season PLS sponsored the reserves kit and didn't even get thier name on the shirt, but did they complain? No!
This season they will be on the front of the Reserves shirt and also on the 1st Team's tracksuits.
Thank you for your ongoing support Paul and for being part of our Purple Family and for all the brilliant work you do in our community. We are proud to be associated with such a great organisation.
With the resignation of Sarah Comber as Chairman of the Supporter's Council, the Board of Directors has tonight unanimously voted to co-opt Paul McGrady onto the main Board to temporarily fill the role, pending the next meeting of the Council, at which the role will be formally voted on by supporters.
We'd like to welcome Paul to the board and look forward to working with him to drive the Supporter's Council forward ahead of the new season and #ProjectL10.
Paul will take up his interim position with effect from 1st July 2018 - the start of Season 2018/19.
We'd like to also thank Sarah for her efforts on behalf of the Supporter's Council and with the Board of Directors.
With the 2017/18 season barely finished, the Directors, Manager and Coaching Staff at COLFC immediately set about preparing for 2018/19 season.
Our collective goal is to ensure that The Purples can put the strongest possible 11 on the pitch to win football matches for the club, enabling the good form of the latter half of last season (two losses in 19 games) to be continued into the new campaign.
It is fair to say that we have been happy with the initial discussions that Simon Burton has had with the players and pleased that, to date, we have secured the services of those players who we feel can form the basis of a successful squad.
Of the pre-deadline signings that helped turn the last campaign around, only Anthony Brown has confirmed that he will be leaving us. Anthony is an exceptional player who made 16 appearances for us and in doing so scored 7 goals from Centre Half. Anthony was used to playing at a much higher level and frankly it showed!!
The other two lads who joined around the transfer deadline; Ben Ascroft and David Forbes have also committed themselves to the Purps. Ben was absolutely outstanding in goal and Forbesy once again reinvigorated our forward line and scored 10 goals in 18 appearances.
We are delighted that these lads, along with the remaining members of the squad have committed to staying with the Purps, including stalwarts Luke Denson, Craig Robinson, Danny Dalton, Francis Foy, Kevin McEllin, Alex Davies & Tom Peterson, as well as rising stars Jack Hazlehurst & John McGrath.
Joe Camozzi and John Connolly, who have both given the club sterling service have announced their departures following offers of improved terms elsewhere at Step 5. Joe played 49 games last season and John played 48 scoring 15.
We wish both these lads good luck in their new endeavours.
Work is also ongoing to bring in the quality players that have been identified to complement the talent already at the club. We hope to be able to announce some exciting signings in due course, as well as hopefully welcoming some graduates from our newly established youth set-up in partnership with Liverpool Football College, that has already produced Bartosz Kowalczyk, Elliot Nevitt, John McGrath & Jack Hazlehurst, so we don’t expect to be short of talented local players.
As always, #UTP
City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that the club’s newly formed U19 team, have been offered a place in the National League U19 Alliance for season 2018/19.
This represents an amazing opportunity for the young Purps to potentially play against the likes of Rochdale, South Shields, FC United of Manchester, Gateshead & FC Halifax Town.
COLFC Chairman said “This is great news for the staff and players who will be representing City of Liverpool FC next season. The National League will be a big challenge, but I know that the management team are confident that they can hold their own at this level.
This U19’s squad represents a pathway for the players up to the 1st team, which is very exciting for everyone at the club. It’s always great to see local talent coming through to wear the famous Purple.
The u19 Purps will play home games at Volair Prescot on midweek afternoons and will be part of our Flok attendance software, so hopefully we’ll get the Partisans along to support as well.”
U19's Coach Dave McDiarmid said " We are delighted to be playing in the National League U19 Alliance next season. The top players we attract will now be playing in the most competitive National league in the country.
Having been champions of the ECFA Cat 1 and Youth Development leagues it was right to test ourselves againsta wider range of clubs in the football pyramid and our partnership with City of Liverpool FC allows us to do that.
One of our graduates, Jack Hazlehurst is now starring for City of Liverpool FC in the Hallmark Security League Premier Division. Jack’s roll of honour at the college included BTEC extended diploma L3 in sport, the Dallas Cup, Everton Shield and Youth Development League and Cup winners."
The Offer of a place in the league is subject to final ratification at the League's AGM.
The Supporters Direct Shield is up for grabs once again, as Merthyr Town host City of Liverpool FC at Penydarren Park on 14th July 2018, KO 3pm.
The two supporter owned clubs will contest the shield ahead of both clubs potentially featuring in a season long “Fly on the Wall” TV documentary that is being created by Kentucky based film maker 180 Degrees, which is in the process of being Green Lit.
Merthyr Town Vice Chairman Jonathon Davies said, “This is a very prestigious fixture and we look forward to welcoming the City of Liverpool FC to the South Wales Valleys to compete for the Supporters Direct Shield.
The board at Merthyr Town Football Club would like to thank the City of Liverpool FC chairman Paul Manning, James Mathie of Supporters Direct and Merthyr Town owner Mark Evans for their efforts to ensure this fixture could take place.
Both clubs represent the true values of supporter ownership and it will be good to meet up and share our experiences together and discuss our progressive plans forward both on and off the pitch.”
Purps Chairman Paul Manning said “It will be great to travel to Merthyr to meet up with another community owned football club, play the match, have a bevvy and a laugh together and contest the prestigious Supporters Direct Shield.
The Partisans love a good coach trip and hopefully we’ll take a good crowd down to South Wales to enjoy the weekend. Merthyr play at a much higher level than us, so this will be a good pre-season test for us.”
Supporters Direct’ James Mathie said “Each year we invite two supporter owned clubs to come together to contest the SD Shield, and this year we are really pleased that Merthyr will be hosting City of Liverpool. Although competition on the pitch will be fierce, it’s great to see how these two clubs work together off it, with a similar set of values as the 50+ supporter owned clubs in the SD network.”
Mike Fitzer of 180 Degrees said “As a geographically distant yet avid supporter of non-league football it is an absolute thrill to have had some small part in bringing these two supporters owned clubs together on one pitch.
Both teams play at a high caliber and the dedication shown by fans for each is inspiring. I hope to bring a story of both clubs to the screen, so the world can see what it means to be part of a great football family.”
Further match arrangements will be confirmed nearer the time.
Merthyr Town play in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division. City of Liverpool FC play in the Hallmark Securities League Premier Division.
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City of Liverpool FC have entered into a partnership with Liverpool Football College that will see the College’s U18 & u19 teams play under the club’s banner with effect from season 2019/20.
Through this partnership, both parties expect to continue to provide young footballers with the opportunity to develop their talent.
One of the Directors at Liverpool Football College, Dave MacDiarmid, said: “This is a development that we are really excited about. We already have a strong relationship and a pathway exists between the Club and College that has seen several players, such as Elliot Nevitt, Bartosz Kowalcyck, John McGrath and Jack Hazlehurst, make the step up with COLFC.
We have been approached by many clubs to enter into partnerships over the years but this is the right one. We have the same ethos in terms of using football to bring change and positive outcomes on and off the pitch, bringing communities together and achieving success through development of our youngsters. We are delighted to be part of this long term and sustainable project.”
Purps’ Chairman Paul Manning said: “Liverpool Football College has a proven track record in developing excellent footballers and it makes perfect sense for both parties to formalise our partnership in this way. It feels like a perfect fit for their lads to become part of the city’s non-league club as they continue their development into adult football.
One of our current players, the talented Jack Hazelhurst, was a Dallas Cup Winner with the College in 2017 so we know all about the talent at the city’s top Football College. Everyone at the Purps would like to wish the College the very best of luck in defending their crown over in Texas when the tournament starts this Sunday 25th March.”
Progress in the Dallas Cup can be followed via the College’s twitter @livfootycollege
Until now COLFC has only fielded its 3 adult teams. However, for season 2018/19 we will have at least 5 teams; with 2 men’s, 1 women’s and 2 youth football teams all playing in the famous Purple colours. With #ProjectL10 moving forward as well, these are exciting times for the club as a whole and, as COLFC takes these important steps in the club’s evolution, we expect to add more youth and junior football teams in forthcoming seasons - all of which we want to see based at #ProjectL10.
Having now committed to these under-18 & under-19 youth teams and with a junior set up in the pipeline, the club is also delighted to announce that Mike Caulfield has agreed to take on the important role of Club Welfare Officer. Mike, who has been a member of the club since 2016, already undertakes this role in an informal way on COLFC’s behalf. He has previously led the focus group that created the club’s Respect policy and has assisted club members who have needed support. The directors are delighted to welcome Mike to the club’s management team.
While the club can already take great pride in its work with local charities, community causes, the supporters’ foodbank initiative and the excellent COLFC Community programme, everyone connected with City of Liverpool FC can look forward to The Purps developing into a fully-fledged Community Football Club.
The Club has started a lottery game, with 300 numbers each month available at £5 with the draw being made in the clubhouse at Half Time in the last home game of each month.
This Month's draw will take place on 26/3/18 at Half Time during the 1874 Northwich home game.
The winning prize each month is £500.
We have already sold 165 / 300 numbers this month, so if you want to be in the draw for March, simply send us £5 (or multiples of £5 if you want more than 1 number) to email@example.com via Paypal. Because there are still over 130 numbers left, we will allocate you a number(s) from those remaining and confirm it to you by return.
Thanks very much and good luck, but be quick as these remaining numbers will very likely sell fast!
After a long hard Winter with over 20 postponements so far, the funds generated will be used towards the running of the club for the remainder of the season, but moving forward the funds generated each month will be used towards #ProjectL10.
Purps Secure Exclusivity on land with view to building Community Stadium
City of Liverpool FC is delighted to announce that we have entered into a period of exclusivity with Liverpool City Council in respect of a potential site for our Community Stadium.
This follows an exhaustive near three-year process, the start of which preceded the actual formation of the Club by virtually a year, The Club will now have a period of six months during which time we will develop a comprehensive business case, including funding and planning, in order to enable the Council to grant us a long-term lease to the site.
The Club has seriously engaged with 4 sites in this 3 year period and for various reasons each has proved to have insurmountable obstacles. Having explored the possibility of locating our Community Stadium at numerous existing sports and leisure and green field sites throughout the city and along the municipal borders, we changed our focus to working with Liverpool City Council to look at potential regeneration sites. This resulted in the drafting of a comprehensive list of regeneration sites of varying degrees of viability, from which two preferred options emerged. Due to significant planning barriers posed to development at the site that was initially favoured by both the Council and the Club, our attentions turned to “option two” – the former Fazakerley Playing Fields in Liverpool 10.
Initial investigations have led all parties to believe that Fazakerley Playing Fields is a realistic option for our Community Stadium and the period of exclusivity provided by Liverpool City Council grants the Club time to do the necessary preparatory work without the looming possibility of the site being sold to another party – as has happened previously with a privately owned site. However, while the Board is pleased that we have taken a step forward , there are still some major hurdles for the Club to overcome and a lot of hard work to be undertaken before the site can be assigned to COLFC and we see the fabled “spade in the ground”. Nevertheless, we are delighted that we have this opportunity to secure the long-term future of the Club.
It is our ambition to deliver a stadium that is genuinely unique to COLFC, with innovative and sustainable design features being developed that the Board believes will enthuse our members, supporters and the wider community, as well as clearly display the ambitions of the club to progress through the football pyramid and provide a Community Football Stadium that the City & indeed the City Region can be proud of.
The Club will undertake comprehensive consultation with our members and with the wider community as our plans for the site and the funding package required emerge in coming months. In the meantime, the Board wishes to place on record our thanks to Deputy Mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Mark Kitts and Nick Flanagan at Liverpool City Council, and Dr Michael Birkett and his staff at our main Club Sponsors Regenda Homes for their invaluable and ongoing assistance and support.
Member Shareholders in COLFC will have already received more detailed information ahead of a Shareholders meeting which will occur in the next couple of weeks.
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Notes to editors
About City of Liverpool FC
City of Liverpool FC is a Supporter owned football club formed in 2015 and playing at Step 5 of the Non-League football pyramid, which is known as the Hallmark Security League.
COLFC has approximately 1200-member shareholders and has an average home attendance of 459, which is over 3 times the national average at this level of football.
The Club regularly hosts a foodbank and provides facilities for local charities and good causes to promote and fundraise at home games.
In the Club’s inaugural season, they achieved a virtually unprecedented treble success, winning both league cup trophies and gaining promotion via the Play-Offs.
Liverpool Walton Constituency Labour Party have long been supportive of The Purps and several supporters are members of both LWCLP and COLFC.
At this week's constituency meeting the following proposal was made, seconded and successfuly voted on:
Supporting grassroots football and fan activism, Liverpool Walton Constituency Labour Party believes that football is for everyone, commends Jeremy Corbyn's call for more of Premier League football's wealth to be re-invested in the grassroots fo the game, and believes that this will help to restore faith in the sport as a game which is inclusive and accessible to diverse and working class communities;
Welcomes the work being done by both of our two great Premier League clubs in Liverpool Walton through their community outreach programmes, Red Neighbours and EFC in the community;
Commends the incredible work of Fans Supporting Foodbanks, a joint initiative set by Everton & Liverpool s fans to support struglling Liverpool familes;
Further commends Grassroot's Football's work alongside The FA, Kick It Out and SYFA offering support and advocacy for the grassroots community;
Proudly supports City of Liverpool FC, our local and co-operatively owned socialist football lcub and commends the work of the coaches, players, staff, volunteers and fans;
Further supports COLFC in the Community and thier Football 4 Every 1 initiative for thier work providing free football coaching and resources to unemployed, refugees, homeless and other marginalised groups and good causes, uniting our communities in a shared love for the game.
This branch / CLP resolves to:
This support from LWCLP is very welcome at COLFC and we as a club will endeavour to assist the Branch with any arrangements required and look forward to welcoming the members and Branch banner to any match in the future.
Paul Manning, the Chairman of City of Liverpool FC, is one of 100 leaders across England to have been selected for a competitive learning programme and Match Trading grant of up to £10,000.
More than 330 people across England applied for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The programme supports people improving their local communities through trade.
The programme will support Paul to grow COLFC, which is the highly successful, community owned Non-League football club for the Liverpool City Region.
Paul will soon begin a six-month learning programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, which supports people starting up and running social enterprises, charities, community business and environmental projects.
Paul says: “I am delighted to have been accepted onto the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The programme and Match Trading grant of up to £10,000 will help me to grow “The Purps” even further, so we can support more people in the Liverpool area in 2018.”
Lisa Mairah, the head of the School for Social Entrepreneurs North West, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Paul onto the programme, where they’ll learn alongside other community leaders how to create lasting social impact for the region. We are confident Paul has the entrepreneurial qualities and motivation to increase their impact on Liverpool and even further, which is why we have awarded him a highly-coveted place.”
The £10,000 Match Trading grant
City of Liverpool FC will also be one of the first organisations in the world to receive a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000. Match Trading is a new type of funding for socially-led organisations. It matches an increase in sales pound-for-pound, incentivising social entrepreneurs to find ways to earn more money, which they use to help more people or the environment.
Match Trading was created by the School for Social Entrepreneurs with the support of pioneer partners Lloyds Banking Group and the Big Lottery Fund, and programme partner Power to Change. Power to Change has provided the funding for this programme.
For further information, please contact:
Notes to editors
About City of Liverpool FC
City of Liverpool FC is a Supporter owned football club formed in 2015 and playing at Step 5 of the Non-League football pyramid, which is known as the Hallmark Security League.
COLFC has approximately 1200 member shareholders and has an average home attendance of 459, which is over 3 times the national average at this level of football.
The Club regularly hosts a foodbank and provides facilities for local charities and good causes to promote and fundraise at home games.
In the Club’s inaugural season, they achieved a virtually unprecedented treble success, winning both league cup trophies and gaining promotion via the Play-Offs.
About the Community Business Trade Up Programme
The Community Business Trade Up Programme is a learning programme accompanied by a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000 for early-stage community businesses that are planning to grow – 80% of grants are Match Trading grants. The programme is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with Power to Change. The programme includes 12 learning days, spread over six months.
The programme will support 130 community business leaders in total. The first phase of the programme ran from May to October 2017, supporting 30 community business leaders at SSE London (London) and SSE North West (Liverpool). The second phase of the programme is supporting a further 100 community business leaders across England via School for Social Entrepreneurs’ eight England schools. It runs from January to July 2018.
About the School for Social Entrepreneurs
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) empowers people to create change in their communities and improve the lives of others. It supports social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs: people who tackle social problems by starting, scaling and sustaining organisations. SSE helps more than 1,000 leaders of social change every year through courses, connections and support. Michael Young founded SSE in 1997 in London. Today, SSE’s network of 11 schools impacts communities across the UK, Canada and India. www.the-sse.org.
About Power to Change
Power to Change is an independent trust, whose funding is used to strengthen community businesses across England. At a time when many parts of the UK face cuts, neglect and social problems, we are helping local people come together to take control, and make sure their local areas survive and stay vibrant. http://www.powertochange.org.uk/
About Match Trading
Match Trading is an innovation in grant-funding that incentivises growth through trading, created by School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). Match Trading is grant-funding that pound-for-pound matches an increase in trading income. By rewarding sales growth, Match Trading empowers social entrepreneurs and community business leaders operating in challenging markets to develop their trading base, so they can build stronger futures.
Match Trading is supported by pioneer partners Lloyds Banking Group and Big Lottery Fund, and programme partner Power to Change. It will support at least 500 social entrepreneurs and community business leaders over the next five years. www.the-sse.org/match-trading
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed James Hayes to the role of Reserves Team Manager with immediate effect.
James joins COLFC having previously coached at Bootle, Deal Town & Dover Atheltic and is a level Two FA qualified Coach.
James will be assisted by Sam Hoare who holds a UEFA B License and is an academy Coach and Danielle Rutter, who is a Level One FA Coach.
On behalf of everyone associated with COLFC, we would like to welcome James, Sam & Danielle to the club and wish them the very best of luck.
Our current Reserve Team Manager Tom O'Hanlon has informed us that he will be leaving the club to take up a 1st Team Manager's role at a West Cheshire League Club after today's home game v The Saddle.
We'd like to wish Tom all the best in his new role and thank him for getting our Reserve team onto a stable footing over the last 15 months. The team are currently 4th in the Liverpool Premier League 2nd Division after a brilliant and free scoring start to the season.
As with most amateur football teams, Tom has found it difficult to maintain a steady squad of players and get them to training and matches, so we appreciate all the hard work he has put in.
We are therefore looking for someone to step into the role for the club for at least the remainder of the season. The ideal candidate will have an existing pool of contactable players and be able to hit the ground running as regards training and matches as well as experience of running an adult football team.
The good news is that all of the costs of the team are paid for by COLFC so players do not need to pay weekly subs to train and play!
There is of course also the opportunity for players to be called up into the 1st team squad if you are of the requisite standard to play in the NWCFL Premier Division.
The Reserve team are featured in our Matchday Programme and are part of our End of Season awards ceremony as well.
If you are interested in taking up the role of Reserve Team Manager for COLFC, please send brief details of yourself and your football CV to email@example.com
Coach travel to the FA Vase 3rd round proper away to Stockton Town FC on Saturday 2nd December is now available to purchase via Paypal.
To book your places, please use the Paypal button below (if using a PC, Laptop or Tablet) if you are using a phone and cannot see the button below, simply send £25 for adults, £15 for Children, directly to firstname.lastname@example.org via Paypal, specifying your chosen coach and pick up point.
Coach 1 is for Players & Staff and has approximately 30 places available for supporters (suitable for families and Older people).
Coach 2 is for the middle-agers who want a bevvy on the way back.
Coach 3 is for the younger crowd who want to party all the way there and all the way back.
Coaches 2 & 3 will be departing at 10.00am from The Empire and 10.30am from the Rocket.
All coaches will be leaving Stockton at approximately 6pm.
If the demand is there, we will put on more coaches as appropriate.
COLFC are delighted to announce that we have re-signed Elliot Nevitt along with his brother Mason and also Dermot McVeigh who is an Irish centre-half who has previously played for Cliftonville and Warrenpoint Town in the Irish Premier League.
We have also tonight completed the signing of central midfielder Matthew German from Runcorn Town, who many Purps will remember from his outstanding performance against us last season in our 2 nil defeat to Cheadle Town towards the end of the season.
Welcome to COLFC to all of the lads.
We'd like to thank Stefan Seaton and Jason Morland for their help in bringing Dermot to the club.
COLFC are delighted to announce the extension of last season's Club Sponsorship with Regenda Homes for a further 2 seasons.
You can read all about the agreement by following this link
We look forward to continuing our partnership with Regenda.
As supporters will have seen during Pre-Season, we have been operating with a large group of players and have often fielded two completely different teams from one half of a game to the next.
Simon and his management team have been using these matches to assess the squad requirements for the coming season with a view to bringing the squad size down to around 20 players.
At this level of football, lads don't need to hang around on the edges of any squad hoping for a chance to get in the team, as they can virtually always get themselves sorted with another club at the same or a similar level. It's a cruel game at times like this but that is football at this level.
Simon having assessed his squad over this pre-season has let the follwoing lads know that there 1st team opportunties will be limited; Emini Adegbenro, Elliot Nevitt, Declan Gregson and Allen Weston.
All four lads will now be moving on to pastures new for season 2017/18.
We wish Emini the best of luck with his future which sadly won't be with the Purps.
Declan and Elliot will always be welcome back at COLFC having played thier part in our 1st and highly successul season and both having made major contributions. Declan was with us from the very start and after an injury plagued start to the season, really came to the fore out wide on the left and right wings, running at defenders and swinging great crosses into the box.
Elliot is just an absolute physical beast who has all of the skills required to go as far as he wants in football and at just 19 years of age has all the time in the world to get it right, but work commitments have hampered his ability to train and play for us.
Both of these lads are welcome back at the club anytime as players or supporters and both can rest assured that they have played their part in the history of COLFC.
What can be said about Allen Weston?
With us from the very start and with the heart of a lion that was displayed on the pitch for the Purples, it is fair to say that everybody associated with the club, including Simon Burton, is gutted that Weso is moving on.
Weso was not only the heart of the team on the pitch but also a brilliant ambassador off it, beloved by the army of Purple kids who follow us everywhere and the Partisans who recognised his contribution to the team and the club as a whole.
Ultimately, the Manager (be it Simon Burton or anybody else) has to make decisions that he believes are right for the club at any given time. He has to trust in his own judgement because ultimately he himself will stand or fall by those decisions. That's football at any level of the game and he has a responsibility to the club to make these kind of decisions, as difficult as they can be.
Having been informed last night that Weso was being released, we spoke to the lad and offered him a role in the club that we believed could be beneficial to all parties. Weso has intimated to us on a couple of occasions that he wants to get into management ( especially with the Purps!) so we offered him the opportunity to take on a Player / Coach role with our reserve team working with Tom O'Hanlon, with a view to him taking his coaching badges, getting some practical coaching experience and moving towards management, whilst at the same time carrying on his ambassadorial role for the club.
Allen has slept on it overnight and decided that he wants to carry on playing for as long as possible at as high a level as possible and that is absolutely his right.
We wish Allen all the best for his immediate future and as with the other lads, thank him for his service to the club so far and for his commitment to the cause both on and off the pitch.
He has his place in our history!
At the club's recent AGM, the members voted to create a Member's Council, in which issues arising from the membership can be raised at regular meetings.
The Member's Council will create it's own committee if it so desires and will nominate a Member to sit on the club's Main Board of Directors.
The 1st meeting of the Council will take place 12pm on Saturday 12th August, in the clubhouse at Bootle FC (to be confirmed) prior to the home game against Irlam.
The initial meeting will be Chaired by Company Secretary Peter Furmedge, but will then be turned over to the Members to take the Council forward as it sees fit.
9 members of our Brigade Internacional supporters club have each donated £100 to purchase an Adult season ticket, for the club to distribute to families in the City to encourage parents to bring along their children to Purp's home matches.
It's a great gesture from the 9 BI members who are Owen Sarjeant (USA), Heidi Sparem (Norway) , Helge Solbaaken (Norway) , Lenny Gill (Bosnia & Herzegovinia), Joe Smallman (Australia), Anjennette Leubrecht (USA), Stuart Fearon (Australia), Suzanne Tempsick (USA and organiser Peter Carter (Australia).
Pictured above is COLFC Chairman Paul Manning presenting a season ticket to Mark McVeigh, founder of the Owen McVeigh Foundation. COLFC is providing 5 of the Season Tickets to the McVeigh Foundation on behalf of the Brigade Internacional.
We will also be presenting the other 5 season tickets to Kevin Morland, founder of local charity An Hour For Others for the same purposes very shortly.
Last night the club held its AGM at Sefton RUFC in West Derby and approximately 70 members where present to sign off on last season and set us in motion for what promises to be a very exciting Season 2017/18.
Amongst a range of topics discussed and voted on, the members voted to accept the proposed governance structure and also to form a properly constituted Supporters Council, which will in turn vote for its own commitee and for a representative to take a place on the main Board of Directors for supporter issues.
The current Board of Directors was re-elected and was joined by Cathy Long who was elected unopposed. Cathy is a long-standing Purp having attended loads of games last season and joins us with great experience of fan engagement at the top levels of the game and a great football network.
The meeting was minuted and members will receive a full AGM report via email at some point next week.
City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of hugely experienced defender Craig Robinson from Warrington Town.
Craig has a wealth of professional & Non League experience having played for Blackpool and latterly Vauxhall Motors, Droylsden, Hyde United, Ashton United, Trafford and Warrington Town.
We welcome Craig to his hometown club and look forward to watching him in the famous Purple next season.
As we seek to improve standards, we are making it easier for everyone to record thier attendance at all of our matches; 1st team, Reserves and the Ladies.
Whereas last year, everybody had to email in and then the Partisan list was updated manually, this season it will all be done electronically. It all began as a bit of fun but actually was a great help in ensuring that tickets for the Reusch Cup final went to the right people first.
With such an exciting season coming up, with who knows how many all ticket matches, its vitally important that the Partisans have thier match attendance recorded accurately.
To register onto the Partisans list for this coming season:
- Firstly, download the Flok app from your app store, and search for City of Liverpool FC.
- At every match the club plays; 1st team, Reserves and the Ladies, home and away a QR Code poster will be displayed.
- Simply scan the code into the Flok app and your attendance will be automatically updated, making it even simpler to register your loyalty.
We are working on some great loyalty rewards also that we will announce in due course.
NB - The app is LIVE NOW and a QR code poster will be available to scan at every match starting at Holker OB on Saturday 1st July 2017
For anybody who does not have a smartphone, you can still email your attendance into the club after every game to email@example.com, but remember the onus is on you to let us know you were there, if you don't update the list we can't do it for you!
Once again we need a Kit Man!
For the majority of last season my Assistant Manager Tom Spearritt has been laying out the kit and then pulling it all together and re-packing it at the end of the game, when in all honesty I need him to be helping me prepare for the match / debrief after the match.
Towards the end of the Season Mark Roberts took on the kit man role and it had a really positive effect on our performances, as Tom was able to concerntrate on his role as Assistant Manager.
Sadly, Mark cannot carry on this season due to work committments.
The support we get from the Partisans is literally second to none, so I am asking for someone to come forward and become a part of my backroom team for the new season.
You will be provided with the funds to have the kit cleaned and then you will bring it to whatever ground we are playing at and lay it out for the team, an hour and a half before each game, then you will re-pack the kit at the end of the game and take it away for cleaning.
I appreciate this is a big ask, but a lot of the other teams in the Hallmark Security League have a kit man and it adds to the professionalism of the team and therefore is vital to our results.
You will be an essential part of my backroom team, as the role is vitally important and does demand a high level of committment, but if you want to be part of the backroom team, here is a great way to get involved.
If you can do this for us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Liverpool FC is delighted to announce the formation of a Ladies team for Season 2017/18; City of Liverpool FC Ladies.
The team which will be managed by the hugely experienced Harriet Miller will be playing in North West Women’s Regional League South & the team will play its home games at Admiral Park, Liverpool 8.
The club will be holding trials for any female aged 16 and above, who wishes to try out for the team in July at a date and venue to be announced.
Club Chairman Paul Manning said “We are very excited to be able to offer Women’s football as part of our Community owned club, which further illustrates our commitment to supporting grassroots football in the City and to the diversity of football generally.
We know that Harriet is a hugely respected figure in the Women’s game and shares the core value that all of our manager’s must have; ambition. We intend to provide Harriet’s team with all of the tools required to deliver a winning Ladies football team for the City moving forward and to provide a pathway for girls all over the City to play football at the highest levels of the game.”
COLFC Ladies Manager Harriet Miller said “We are very much looking forward to becoming part of City of Liverpool FC next season. Being part of a big, successful club will make a huge difference to us. We appreciate the support offered to us and in return we will do our best to be a credit to the club.
We are excited by the prospect of working together to achieve greater success.”
The date & venue for the trials will be announced shortly.
Kevin McEllin has been voted the Supporters Player of the Year and last night after the victory in the Macron Cup Final over Barnoldswick Town, Kevin was presented with his Purple Samba by young member Will Jones.
Kevin is an absolute credit to the club, to himself and to his family and his grit and determination shines through in every one of our performances, never mind his superb ability on the ball, range of passing and trademark tackling.
Kevin said of his award "I am absolutely buzzing to get supporters player of the year. In our 1st season and given how good this season has turned out to be, to get this off the fans who turn up and make the club what it is every week, I couldn't be prouder. Thank you them all."
11 seperate players recieved nominations from supporters which is great in itself and shows the true depth in our squad, but ultimately Kevin was a landslide winner.
The Purple Samba award is sponsored by scouse trainee and clobber shop Transalpino who have long supported the club with gifts and prizes, but the award itself was created by member Chris Maguire, head honcho of the South Sefton Purps, so a big thank you to Chris for doing the honours with this award and also the Supporter of the Year Award which will be announced at the club's End of Season Awards ceremony (details to follow).
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Coral have announced that we are their chosen Non League Team of the Year for 2016/17 and everybody at the club is extremely proud of this award, which along with all of the other fantastic acheivements this Season, is made all the more sweeter by the fact that it is still our very first season as a Football Club!
Well done to everybody involved with the club as we have acheived this award together. You can read about it here http://news.coral.co.uk/football/coral-non-league-team-of-the-year-2017
We think we can be rightly proud of our club, of what it stands for and what it hopes to achieve both on and off the pitch moving forward and thank you to to Coral for creating the award and choosing us as the Team of the Year.
Sadly this award was bestowed upon us on the day we learned of the passing of our friend & comrade Alan Dixon who was only chatting to a lot of us at the Play Off Semi Final on Saturday.
Alan was a great fighter for our City and as can be seen by the outpouring of grief on social media was a very well loved Man who will be sorely missed. So tonight we are dedicating this award of Non League Team of the Season from Coral, to Alan Dixon; Fighter, Comrade, Friend, Purp.
Rest in Peace Alan.
Purples go "All Purple" for Season 2017/18
Our first season playing football has certainly been a learning curve on many levels for the club, not least has been the decision that we took last season to wear White shorts with the Home kit and to have White shirts and socks with the away kit.
The British weather has taught us a harsh lesson - Don't wear White football kits!
An additional problem has been that Adidas do not supply Collegiate Purple Shorts or Socks in Europe for some reason.
However with the help of Brigade Internacional member Owen Sargent in Houston, Texas, we have now been able to source a supply of matching Shorts and Socks for the 1st team kit and so next season, the Purps will wear all Purple and gorgeous centre half hunk Danny Dalton models the new strip for us in the picture below.
We will also be changing the away colours from White / Black / White to a new all Gold strip as well and we will release details of this kit as soon as possible.
Recently Peter Carter of Perth, Australia contacted the club offering to mould together the members of Brigade Internacional in an effort to provide support and assistance to local children in attending COLFC matches.
We have subsequently set Peter up with a club email address and he is now in contact with all members of BI and has made suggestions to all of them about the purchase of season tickets for next season for local Adults in order that they can attend games and bring thier children along with them.
So far Peter has obtained commitment from 8 other members to each purchase an Adult Season Ticket, so that is £900 so far raised for the club to support local children.
We will be liaising with COLFC member Kevin Morland shortly, who operates the local charity An Hour For Others and who regularly sponsors local families for programs like this.
In the meantime, we'd like to thank Peter and all of our overseas supporters for their outstanding commitment in helping COLFC deliver its aims and in recognition of this, we have had club graphic artist Dave Marsh creat the official COLFC Brigade Internacional badge.
The 1st team at City of Liverpool got an interesting diversion at Training on Thursday when current Nottingham Forest Centre Half Matt Mills took the session to put the Purps through their paces.
Matt who has also played for Southampton, Manchester City, Doncaster Rovers, Reading, Leicester City & Bolton Wanderers, making 389 appearances and scoring 28 goals, most famously, the goal that knocked Everton out of the FA Cup in 2011.
COLFC 1st team coach Phil MacDiarmid was a team-mate of Matt’s in the Youth set up of Swindon Town and knowing that Matt was in the North West invited him to come along and take the session.
The session was intense to say the least and the players came away invigorated by the workout and intrigued to put in place some of the measures Matt drilled into them ahead of Saturday’s visit of Carlisle City. Here Matt is pictured taking the session and at the end pictured with the 1st team squad