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This is Anfield 16/2/17
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Socrates 27/12/16
Sky Sports 16/12/16
Friday 18th November 2016
Brian Reade
Saturday 6th August 2016
Connor Phillips 29th July 2016
With Graham White 12/7/16
With Connor Phillips 29th July 2016
Paul Salt, Radio Merseyside 15/6/2016
NWCFL.com 9/6/16
Non League Paper - 9/6/15
4/5/16 French Football Magazine
dechalaca 21/4/2016 (South American Magazine)
NWCFL Podcast 8/4/16
New Manager Appointed 29/3/2016
17/2/2016 - 500 Members
Breakfast 2/10/2015
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Italian Magazine 13/1/2016 - Copy & Paste into Google Translate
100 Things that made Liverpool great in 2015
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Drivetime 17/11/2015
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Podcast 8/12/2015
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Spanish Football Magazine "Panenka" 30/1/2016 - Google Translate required
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News

Reusch Cup Final 

The Reusch Cup Final will be played on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May, KO 3pm at Millbank Stadium, home of Runcorn Linnets.

 

We will make further announcements as and when we have further information regarding arrangements.

Fixture Re-Arrangement

This week's postponed match v Alsager Town has been re-scheduled for Saturday 8th April, KO 3pm.

 

Our updated fixture list can be viewed here 

Dates for Macron Cup Semi Finals

We will play Chadderton in the Macron Cup Semi Finals on Thursday 6th April 2016 (home leg) KO 7.45pm and on Thursday 20th April (away leg) KO 7.45pm.

 

The Final of this competition will be played on Tuesday 16th May at Highbury Stadium, home of Fleetwood Town FC, KO 7.45pm

 

Fixture Re-Arrangements

Following yesterday's announcements of the dates of the Macron Cup Semi Finals and following complaints from a member club, the dates announced yesterday (1st April & 22nd April) for the Semi Finals have been cancelled and our original fixture list has been reinstated.

 

The Semi Final ties will now take place in midweek on dates to be confirmed next week.

 

Our fixture list for the rest of the season can be seen here

 

We will announce the new dates ASAP.

Fixture Re-Arrangements

The Dates for the Macron Cup Semi Finals are HOME LEG v Chadderton, Saturday 1st April, 3pm KO and AWAY LEG Saturday 22nd April, 3pm KO.

 

These dates mean that our home league game against Cheadle Town has been moved to Monday 10th April, 7.45pm KO and the home league game against Prestwich Heys has been moved to Wednesday 19th April.

 

The new fixture list is available here 

 

Full details of the Reusch Cup Final will be finalised by the League Management Committee once the result of the other Semi Final tie between Sandbach United and Holker OB is known but the final will take place in w/c 8th May 2017.

 

Members and Supporters can be assured that we are in communication with the League about the arrangements for the final and we will communicate the decision of the league as soon as we can.

Fixture Re-Arrangement

The game at home v Charnock Richard originally set for 21st January and postponed on 25th February, has now been scheduled for Tuesday 25th April 2017, Kick Off 7.45pm.

 

This concludes our schedule for league fixtures currently, but we are awaiting details of the dates for the 2 legged Macron Cup Semi Final v Chadderton, which may result in further fixture changes.

Fixture Re-Arrangement

Our fixture v Eccleshall, originally scheduled for Tuesday 28th March has been put back by 1 day to Wednesday 29th March as a result of Bootle's Liverpool Senior Cup Semi Final against Southport taking precedence - Let's hope the pitch at the Delta can withstand two games in two nights!

 

Also in the unlikely event that Saturday's Macron Cup Quarter Final away at Silsden should be Postponed or Abandoned, that match will be played on Thursday 16th March.

Personal Request from Simon Burton

We need a Kit Man!

 

For the whole 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.

 

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 remainder of the 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 at this vital time of the season.

 

If you can do this for us, please email contact@colfc.co.uk 

 

Thanks!

 

Outstanding Support from Brigade Internacional

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.

COLFC support for DKMS 

Following on from our support of little Jem's search for a stem cell blood donor, both in our recent match programmes and at the Silsden game, we have today recieved a letter from DKMS:

 

Dear Gary,

 

I’m so sorry that this letter has taken me a week to get to you, but if I’m honest, it’s been through about four re-writes, as I wanted to make sure I really convey the level of thanks that I believe City of Liverpool FC is due for its support of the “Jem’s Wish”  blood stem cell donor appeal.

Last Saturday, your home fixture against Silsden truly was a great event for DKMS.  Without exception, everyone made us feel so welcome and the level of support that we received was incredible – we registered 42 potential life savers and raised £313.68. 

I’ve told many people here how emotional I felt at the young man who was unable to register on health grounds but still put his hand in his pocket and donated £20; that gesture to me was reflective of the warmth and community spirit that emanated throughout the club house and ground. 

It was an absolute pleasure to work with you on this event and I sincerely hope that we have the opportunity to work together again in the future.  In the meantime, I wish everyone at City of Liverpool FC, the best of luck for the remainder of the season – long may the winning form you had against Silsden continue.

With best wishes

 

Lisa Nugent

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Fixture Re-Arrangement

Our fixture at home v Chadderton, originally scheduled for March 11th, then moved to 11th April, has now been re-scheduled for Saturday 4th March 2017, 3pm KO 

Fixture Re-Arrangement

Our fixture at home v Chadderton, originally scheduled for March 11th will now be played on Tuesday 11th April, KO 7.45pm.

 

Weather permitting that is all outstanding league fixtures scheduled (12 remaining) and sees us play 4 home games on the run, amidst 8 home games and 4 away games left to play. 

Fixture Re-Arrangement

Our match away at St Helens Town, originally scheduled for Easter Sunday 16th April and then moved to Saturday 15th April (the Anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster) has now been once again re-arranged to Good Friday 14th April 2017, KO 3pm at Volair Park, Prescot.

Fixture Re-Arrangement

The Home fixture v Carlisle City originally scheduled for 28th January has been re-arranged for Tuesday 4th April, KO 8pm.

Fixture Re-Arrangement

Unfortunately due to complications with their new ground at Ruskin Drive, our fixture v St Helens Town scheduled for Easter Sunday 16th April and part of the Groundhopper weekend, will now be played at Volair Park (Prescot Cables) on Saturday 15th April, which is of course the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

 

We are sorry for our friends at St Helens Town who are unable to participate in the Groundhopper weekend.

Kick Off Time v Atherton LR

We have been notified that next Saturday's fixture v Atherton LR will kick off at 2.30pm, due to Atherton's floodlights not currently being approved.

Partisan of the Month

Starting in January 2017 we are going to make a "Partisan of the Month" award, which will be given to the Purple Partisan who has done the most in the month to positively promote the club. For this month there are 3 nominees;

 

Tony Butchard who regularly keeps Partisans updated with train and travel times for away games and who also this month has plastered his workplace with the February Fixture Poster.

 

Sean Lindblad for his magnificent Purple & Gold flag which will now hopefully grace all home games at least (not to mention aways)

 

Eric Brown who brought along a delegation of Borussia Dortmund fans to the Remyca game and is also bringing a group of St Mirren fans to the game at Carlisle at the weekend.

 

We apologise if there are any other worthy nominees this month who we have not mentioned but we have done this on the hoof today as its a great idea. For February we will have a formal system of nominations.

 

To vote for your winner just use the poll on Twitter. If your not on twitter, send a simple message to us our official Facebook account.

 

The winner will get something from the club shop! 

Matt Mills takes Purps Training Session

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

Fixture Re-Arrangement

Our home fixture against Eccleshall, originally due to be played on December 3rd 2016 has now been re-scheduled for Tuesday 28th March 2017, Kick Off 7.45pm.

Club Statement

On Friday of last week we issued a statement on our website that we intended as a factual reporting of a decision made by the League Management Committee, concerning a request we had made for a delayed Kick Off v Litherland Remyca on Saturday 21st January.

 

The League Management have made it clear to us that they consider the details to be not fully correct and that Litherland Remyca were in no way to blame for the committee decision.

 

We now accept that our statement was not fully correct and have accepted the Management Committee's decision. We offer our sincere apologies to the League Managament Committee and Litherland Remyca for distress caused. We accept that this statement triggered unneccesary comments on social media, which have no place in football.

 

We would like to remind all concerned that such comments are unacceptable .

 

The Hallmark Security League is a Respect League; all supporters, including Directors, Volunteers and Fans are free to enjoy the game and the banter that goes with it, but we must treat our opponents and match officials accordingly.

 

We hope that all our fans understand and that we look forward to renewing our sporting rivalry with our near neighbours on Saturday.

 

Neither the club nor the Hallmark Security League will be making any further comment on the matter.

Fixture Re-Arrangement

The match with Alsager Town which was unfortunately postponed on Saturday has been re-scheduled for Tuesday 21st March 2017, kick off 7.45pm

Fixture Re-Arrangement

Our home game v Sandbach United which was postponed in November has been re-scheduled by the Hallmark Security League for Tuesday 7th March KO 7.45pm.

Fixture Re-Arrangement

The Hallmark Security League have postponed our game v Charnock Richard scheduled for 21st January 2017 and re-scheduled it for Saturday 25th February 2017.

 

We will now play Litherland REMYCA on 21st January 2017 and although the game is scheduled for 3pm KO, we have asked REMYCA for a delayed KO at 3.30pm as Liverpool FC are playing at home that day in a 12.30pm KO and we know a lot of our supporters will want to watch both games if possible.

COLFC to sponsor the Edge Hill JFL

Back in 2014 when the first strategy meetings took place regarding the project that was then called “Community Football Club for Liverpool” and later became City of Liverpool FC, we discussed what the club’s role could be in local grassroots football.

 

We were unanimous back then that in the grassroots sense, we did not want to compete with local junior football clubs, attracting kids away from existing teams to come and play for our junior teams and nor did we just want to land on a junior football club, impose our name upon them and tick a box that implied we had somehow done our bit for community football.

 

The committee at that time all agreed that we wanted to support local grassroots football, by helping as many junior football clubs as possible.

 

In June 2016, we received notification from the FA that we would be playing in the Hallmark Security League in Season 2016-17, after we were forced to appeal the original decision to place us at Step 7 of the National League pyramid. From that moment on, every bit of time we could spend as volunteers, has been spent getting a semi professional football club up and playing and competing in what is a very high standard of football.

 

Consequently, we have not been able to spend as much time as we would have liked developing our community strategy, which genuinely was a key factor in us starting the club in the 1st place. We as a club along with our Partisan supporters have done some great things for the community; Supporting Foodbanks, the Jospice collection, the Zak Harris collection to name just some, but it was always in the forefront of our minds that we had to make good on our grassroots football pledge.

 

So today we are delighted to announce that with immediate effect, we have become the sponsor of the Edge Hill JFL, which will now be known as the City of Liverpool FC Edge Hill JFL. Our sponsorship of £569 will be used by the City of Liverpool FC Edge Hill JFL to upgrade the kitchen at the league’s home ground of Botanic Park, which in addition to providing hot and cold food and drinks for volunteers, players and parents, will also help to make the league become self-funding and sustainable moving forward.

 

COLFC Chairman Paul Manning said “When we were first approached by our own supporter and Edge Hill JFL league secretary John Worthington to see if we could help the league out, we immediately agreed and knew that it was something which we could deliver on.

 

John explained that the league had 70 odd teams in 40 clubs in a range of age groups and having been a parent, coach and volunteer at my own Junior football club, I know how important a kitchen or café is to the sustainability of junior football clubs or in this case; an entire League. That’s at least 700 local children that we are delighted to be able to help and continue to help in the years to come”

 

John Worthington, secretary of COLFC Edge Hill JFL said “This sponsorship by City of Liverpool FC will be a big help to our league and knowing how much COLFC value the kids coming along to watch the team, we are confident that this is going to be a great partnership moving forward.

 

With the sponsorship we can now begin to upgrade our kitchen to help make the league sustainable and we know that there is going to be a strong connection between our league, our clubs, our parents and most importantly our children, with City of Liverpool Football Club.”

Regenda Homes extends Shirt Sponsorship 

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that our relationship with Regenda Homes is to be further extended with the local Social Housing provider now to become our Home Shirt sponsor for the rest of the season, in addition to already featuring on our Away Shirts.

 

This is great news for our club and a big thank you must go to Kevin Short at Regenda for facilitating this arrangement.

 

Regenda are perfect partners for our club as they clearly demonstrate the kind of social values we hope to foster. 

 

The newly branded shirts will feature at the next home game v Holker OB on Saturday 10th December.

Gillette Soccer Saturday - Holker (H)

The team from Gillette Soccer Saturday featuring Johnny Phillips are coming to film about COLFC on Saturday 10th December at the home game with Holker OB, with the film going out the following Saturday 17th December.

 

Johnny will be looking to interview Directors, Management, Players & Partisans.

 

As well as the home game with Holker and Sky Sports visiting, the 10th is also our Christmas Party, so maybe Johnny & the Team will join us at the Picturedrome to carry on filming.

 

Anyway, the 10th is gonna be a boss day and perhaps this could be our first 1000+ crowd as we are sure the Partisans (and especially Junior Partisans) will want to come along and be a part of the filming, so long as the great British weather doesn't ruin it!

 

Also please note that if Bootle FC's FA Vase game v Cleethorpes goes to a replay our game v Holker will be re-arranged, so its fingers crossed for the weather to hold out and for Bootle not to draw!

 

Membership Renewals

Unbelievably, it has been 12 months since we made annual share memberships available in COLFC and those members who purchased in November & December 2015 will be receiving renenwal emails shortly.

 

Since then we have agreed a groundshare with Bootle FC, Applied to join the (then) North West Counties Football League (now Hallmark Security League), held our 1st members meeting, retained the services of Simon Burton, been rejected by the FA to join the NWCFL and been placed in the Liverpool County Premier League, appealled that decision and been successful, played our 1st ever match at Prestatyn Town and began our 1st ever league season and currently sit 2nd in the table with a record of P22 W14 D3 L5 pts 45 and are currently the 81st best supported club in the whole of the National League pyramid.

 

All in all a pretty quiet time for the club and members alike!

 

The renewal email will explian what action you need to take if you wish to renew your membership or indeed if you do not. If you renew your membership you will retain your original membership number in the club, which for people who purchased in November & December 2015, will be roughly numbers #1 - #300.

 

We hope you choose to renew your membership and continue to support the club as we continue our exciting journey.

 

If you are expecting a renewal noticve and do not recieve one, please check your SPAM / JUNK email folders, but if anyone has any difficulty renewing thier memberships please email the club on contact@colfc.co.uk

 

Notice from AFC Liverpool

We have been contacted by AFC LIverpool who state that while alcohol will be on sale in the clubhouse at Marine FC for the game on Wednesday, ground regulations stipulate that alcohol cannot be brought to or consumed at pitch side.

 

Also children will not be free entry into the match, but as yet we have not had notification of what children will be charged for entry. When we know how much they intend to charge, we will let supporters know.

 

Finally, just a note that parking is very limited at the stadium to pre-registered officials and we assume players, so any supporters driving to the fixture will need to park "on street" in and around the ground, where possible.

Reusch Cup Fixture Re-Arrangement

Please note that our Reusch Cup Quarter Final tie with St Helens Town origianlly scheduled for Saturday 3rd December at Prescot Cables, has been brought forward to Thursday 1st December, KO 7.45pm, due to pitch scheduling difficulties at Hope Street.

 

We will now have no game on Saturday 3rd December, ahead of our game away at Widnes on Monday 5th December.

 

We would like to thank the league management committee for thier work in resolving what was a very complex set of circumstances.

Christmas Party Details

The club's Christmas Party will take place from 7.30pm on Saturday 10th December at the Picturedrome on Kensington.

 

All players, staff, volunteers, members and supporters are welcome. 

 

It will be a ticket only event to cover the cost of a buffet and disco and we may also have some live music and more details will follow in due course.

 

We are scheduled to play Holker OB at home that day and so will likely organise coach travel as well, direct from the Delta Taxi Stadium to the Picturedrome, if there is a demand for it.

 

Members Buy Scarves for Mascots

At our home game v Cheadle Town on Sunday, member Robbie Muscart brought along his son's junior football team Leighbridge U11's who play in the Edgehill Junior League. Upon hearing that Leighbridge were going to be mascots for the match, members Gary McLoughlin & John Worthy immediately offered to buy the lads a scarf each and here you can see the lads, sporting their scarves on the pitch before the game. We think that is a great gesture by Gary & John who both had previously managed junior football teams at Leighbridge. This is truly what COLFC is all about, our members coming together to support each other with the club as the conduit for doing so. Well done to Gary & John & also Robbie and all the kids and parents who came along and enjoyed thier day #UTP

Macron Cup Tie date

With our victory over Prestwich Heys in the Macron Cup yesterday, our 3rd round tie at home to Hanley Town will take place on Saturday 26th November, and our fixture away at Atherton LR will take place at a date to be confirmed.

Macron Club of the Month Award

COLFC is the Macron Club of the Month for the 1st Division of the Hallmark Security League, after our terrific start to the season with 5 wins and a draw from 6 games and +14 goal difference.

 

Great news!

2 New Signings Join The Squad

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that Francis Barry & Tom Peterson have both today completed transfers from Bootle FC and join the squad ahead of tomorrow's game away at Daisy Hill.

 

Both Franny & Tom are established goalscorers in the Hallmark Security League Premier Division with Franny scoring 22 goals in all competitions last season and Tom scoring 13, so we are confident that they will both be great additions to COLFC moving forward.

 

Manager Simon Burton said "Both these lads are great additions to the squad and we are over the moon to have both joining the squad to further compliment what is already a great set of lads.  

 

We remain committed to building a squad and team that gives the best local talent available to us a chance to represent their home City."

A purple seed was planted

Convinced that it would grow

We never doubted our belief

When others told us no!

 

So from a seed, a Purple stem,

But strength grew from its roots,

For scouse ran through its humble veins,

And belief did start to shoot.

 

It blossomed next with love & branch,

its height took on no bound,

So masses came from City wide,

Its trunk called them by sound.

 

COLFC was its name,

As branches touched your heart,

It only ask that young & old,

Turn up and play their part.

 

That Purple seed has spouted roots,

Foundations here to stay,

Which 11 men who take the field,

Can feel each time they play.

 

From a humble seed,

A dream was born, purple masses made it so,

We turn up weekly in our droves,

A band of partisans make it grow.

 

Our club is strong, it feels no pressure,

Where it takes us we cannot tell,

But we will follow, strong as one,

For it has cast a Purple spell.

 

So as we tend our Purple thing,

Never to see it to fruition,

For when we're gone, rest assured,

Our next generations will complete our mission.

 

C - Anthony Caveney 2016

 

Reserve Team Manager & Staff

Manager Wayne Coldicutt and Assistant Robbie Machell have left the club by mutual consent after the Reserves team failed to field a team for 2 games on the run and only notifying the West Cheshire League and the opponents on the Morning of each match.

 

City of Liverpool FC apologises to the West Cheshire League and to all other clubs affected by these events with an assurance that the club will either get its house in order in relation to the Reserve team or will disband the team for the season.

 

Deputy Chairman Peter Furmedge is currently working on matters and is inviting applications of interest from anyone who wishes to be considered for the role of Manager at contact@colfc.co.uk

 

The successful applicant must have experience of managing a team at Step 7 and be qualified to at least FA Coaching Level 1, have an upto date First Aid certificate and would ideally be able to pull together a squad at short notice.

 

We would like to thank the Management Committee of the West Cheshire League for thier assistance and all Reserve team matches are suspended currently pending the decision of the club as to whether we proceed with the Reserve team this season or not.

 

Rocket Claims Man of the Match v Ashton Town was Billy Webb. Knowing we had played our 3 subs last night, Billy gamely played on for the whole 90 minutes whilst obviously hampered by a groin strain, which is appreciated by everybody, but also showed real touches of class in leading the line, in a game where such moments were at a premium - he should have scored a couple last night - but nevertheless this was a brilliant performance from Billy.

FA Vase match - Re-Arrangement

Due to both ourselves and Bootle FC being drawn at home in the FA Vase on Saturday 10th September, we have been required to swich our game to the following day Sunday 11th September, with the KO remaining at 3pm.

Rocket Claims Man of the Match v Bacup Borough was Chris Lester. Nobody present will forget his lung busting 60 yard run on 90 minutes, that simply defied logic (and 2 tackles) to force the series of corners that led to the equaliser, which ultimately led to the win. The Partisans (& Rocket Man) appreciate a never say die attitude!

Defibrillator Hand Over

Member Peter Knowles recently began a crowdfunding appeal for COLFC to own a Defribrillator after a tragic incident involving the O'Leary family touched him when a Defib may have made a difference.

 

Off his own back he set up the appeal and in a matter of a week or so had raised well over £700. While we were still thinking about raising another couple of hundred pounds or so, Peter just went and bought a brand new machine off his own back and turned up with it at the match at Chadderton!!

 

Unfortunately yesterday, Peter was not available to formally hand over the Defib to he club at yesterday's match against Bacup Borough, but instead Ian O'Leary was happy to stand in for his mate and present the club with the defibrillator.

 

Hopefuly the club will never have to use it, but as a result of Peter's determination, Players, Staff & supporters of COLFC will always have the best help available, should the worst happen.

 

Pictured above is Ian O'Leary and club Physiotherapist Lucy Orme.

Fixture Re-Arrangement

Please note that our fixture at Home to Atherton LR originally to be played on Tuesday 30th August 2016, has been brought forward to Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August with KO now at 3pm.

 

We felt that giving our supporters and perhaps people who have not yet been to Delta Taxis Stadium to see COLFC an opportunity to get along to a game on a Bank Holiday Monday would be brilliant and give people who are looking for something to do on a day off work, a really good alternative.

 

We'd like to thank our opponents Atherton LR for being so accomodating to our suggestion and they can rest assurred of a warm welcome on the day.

Fixture Re-Arrangement

Our away fixture at Widnes FC has been moved to Monday 5th December (it was scheduled for Boxing Day), 7.45ko, as Widnes' stadium is anot available on the original date.

 

And we would also like to remind supporters that our game at Home against Stockport Town FC has been brought forward to Friday 19th August, 7.45ko (originally scheduled for Saturday 20th August, as our game would have clashed with both LFC & EFC 3pm Kick offs in the Premier League.

Rocket Claims Man of the Match

Several top contenders for the award this week but as Rocket Man was not at the match on Saturday, but sitting in a pub in a foreign country, nervously watching social media, the award must go to the man who gave relief on Saturday afternoon with 2 goals from Central Midfield in a captain's performance; Chris Dykes.

Rocket Claims Man of the Match

This was one of those games when Rocket Man had literally the entire team to choose from as Man of the Match. The performance was that good. We have not previously mentioned other players when giving out this award, but on this occassion it is only right to mention the roles that everybody played for the club last night.

 

Rob Ablewhite who selflessy took on the pressurised Goalkeeper position and did exceptionally well. COLFC supporters will not forget that you put the team first Rob.

 

The Back 3 of Danny Dalton, Tony Dunne and Allan Weston were exceptional, and with supporters singing "Weso is our leader" and "we all dream of a team of Allan Weso's" clearly Weso is a fan favourite, but all 3 lads were as solid as rocks in defence.

 

The Wing Backs' Joe Camozzi and Chris Lester showed their value to the team. Camozzi tackled anything that moved and had 2 good chances to score going forward and Les scored an early goal of the season contender with his pile driving free kick equaliser.

 

Anthony Daniels in central midfield played unquestionably his best game in a purple shirt at the base of a triangle with Michael Chojnicki, whilst Michael Smith and Nathan Martland were both outstanding ahead of them, driving into space behind the Cables back four and running at them in and around the box.

 

Declan Gregson and German triallist Felix Kauterling played thier part with substitue appearances, but the Man of the Match simply has to go to Centre Forward Daley Woods for an outstanding display of hold up play, vision in bringing colleagues into the game and increasingly as the game went on, power and pace in turning the Prescot defense and shooting on goal. He got the all important 1st goal and simply ran Cables' defense ragged for most of the second half.

 

Give us more of the same please Daley!

 

A special Rocket Man mention to Assistant Manager Tom Spearritt who has held the fort for Simon Burton in difficult circumstances, culminating last night in every other member of the coaching staff being absent and Tom literally being left to do everything himself and still managing the team to a brilliant performance - well done Tom.

Prescot Cables 2 COLFC 2

Team:

1. Rob Ablewhite

2 Chris Lester

3 Joe Camozzi

4 Allen Weston

5 Danny Dalton

6 Tony Dunne

7 Michael Chojnicki

8 Anthony Daniels

9 Daley Woods

10 Nathan Martland

11 Mike Smith

Subs:

12 Declan Gregson

14 Felix Trialist

 

Tom Spearitt’s last game in charge before the boss returns for the start of the league campaign on Saturday and he was presented with a few major problems. Chris Dykes, Billy Webb and Sean Kelly were all unavailable, but perhaps the biggest headache he faced was the continued absence due to injury of goalkeeper Ste Longrigg.

 

Tom ran up his mobile phone bill in the cause all day Tuesday, desperately looking for anyone who could take their place between the sticks for tonights game. At one point he had two potential trialists lined up, but in the end both could not make the trip just outside the city to Prescot, so into the breach stepped striker and former TNS goalkeeper Rob Abelwhite.

 

Shorn of their first choice keeper and two of their main strikers, City nevertheless started the game off well, with some confident possession football in the opening minutes. However, it was the home side, wearing a dazzling amber and black kit that had the games first chance on 8 minutes. Breaking into the box down their right side it took a fantastic sliding challenge by Joe Camozzi to intercept and clear the danger.

 

Next it was COLFCs turn to test the nerves, Michael Chojnicki finding himself unmarked in the Cables box on 17 minutes blazed his shot high and wide of the target. The chance though seemed to give the purples ever more confidence and soon after a wonderful link up between Camozzi, Martland and Daniels down the left saw the three exchange passes before Daniels was able to shoot from distance wide of the target.

 

A testament to City’s defence was that it took until the 25 th minute for rookie Rob in goal to face his first test, and when he did he proved himself up to it, a low cross was centred from the left and Abelwhite was Abel (you see what I did there ?) to get down to smother the danger. Just a minute later though, and Prescot’s number 9 finds himself clean through with only Rookie Rob to beat, perhaps it was good positioning by the keeper, or perhaps it was the dazzle from his bright lime green kit that put the striker off though and he hit a tame shot

wide of the left hand post.

 

Our keeper now had a spring in his step but it was not springy enough as he dashed out to the edge of his box to gather a nothing ball from his defence on 29 minutes. A nod from the defender and suddenly the ball was over the keeper and begging to be put away, a chance Cables number 9 was only too happy to stroke into the empty net……1-0 to the home side.

 

Just 4 minutes later and it was 2-0. This time a low centre from the right was turned in from 5 yards under the nose of the keeper by number 10, Rookie Rob was now starting to look like Rocky Rob.

 

The scoreline didn’t deter the Purple Partisans in the crowd who were once again out in force, outnumbering the home fans almost two to one in a crowd officially set at 205, but looking far more than that. And it was as the half was drawing to a close that the first incident to get them going was seen. Tony Dunne introducing the Prescot number 8 to the pitch hoardings with a hard but fair challenge got a great reaction from the travelling supporters.

 

Spurred on by their supporters, Daley Woods then sent a piledriver from all of 25 yards out which drew a fantastic save from the keeper low to his right, Joe Camozzi quickly latched onto the loose ball but drove his shot straight at the bar. The bar was still quivering when the ref blew for half time, COLFC were down but definitely not out of this one.

 

HT 2-0

 

Buoyed by the end to the first half Tom Spearitt’s side came out for the second determined to keep up the pressure on their hosts and it took only 2 minutes for Anthony Daniels to send a long range tester just over the bar.

 

Just to let City know they weren’t going to have it all their own way though 2 minutes later Cables number 10 forced a great save out of Abelwhite to keep the score at 2-0.

Then the moment the away crowd had been waiting for. 52 minutes gone and Michael Smith slips a neat pass into Daley Woods in the box. The striker, who’s hold up play all night had been exceptional, turned his man and then guided an expert shot low into the far corner past the keeper, 2-1…….game ON !

 

Celebrations for the goal really showed just how many Purps were in the stand above me and the players seemed to notice it too. Two minutes later, City had another chance with Daniels going close and less than a minute later Woods is almost in again, but blazes over from 10 yards.

 

58 minutes and Joe Camozzi is clean through in the box, but an excellent challenge by his opposite number robs him of the ball when he only had the keeper to beat.

 

A minute later and its Michael Smith’s turn to trick his way into the box, he tries a cute chip over the keeper but it lands just over the bar……another 3 points to City!

 

Just on the hour, Allen Weston gets the crowd going again with a meaty challenge on the halfway line. This is man’s football, played by real men and the crowd are loving it.

 

On 65 minutes Tom sends on Declan Gregson for Daley Woods who gets a deserved ovation from the crowd. A well taken goal and a masterclass in leading the line on his own is a good night’s work and surely a contender for the man of the match award.

 

Nathan Martland tries to wriggle his way past three defenders, one of whom just gets the ball out for a corner, its all City now.

 

68 minutes and Gregson tries to chase a long ball into the box but has the Cables defender wants to swap shirts. The crowd go ballistic when the referee fails to spot the tug and decides that the ref is a lookalike of comedian Jack Whitehall…..his officiating is less comical though.

 

6 minutes later Michael Chojnicki is booked, don’t ask me why though, I have got these specs on loan from Arsene Wenger.

 

Gregson is starting to cause all sorts of problems for Cables defence since he came on, but it is the home side that get a break down the left and a deep cross is cleared by skipper Danny Dalton. This game is still on a knife edge and you could really feel the crowd enjoying the ebb and flow as the minutes ticked down.

 

There are shouts of ‘Deutschland Uber Alles’ from the stand as City fans spot their german Trialist Felix ‘the cat’ warming up to come on. He replaced Daniels on 81 minutes.

Some neat early touches from the teutonic youngster, show typical german efficiency and he earns a free kick 30 yards.

 

Chris Lester lines up to take the kick, which is in a central position. With his strawberry blonde hair and flair for the stern tackle, the full back could be a ringer for new Everton manager Ronald Koeman and his free kick certainly was one the Dutchman would be proud of. A thump and the ball arrows into the mid left corner of the net, what a fantastic way to equalise and the players celebrate like its just won the World Cup.

 

The fans are singing ‘We’re gonna win the league’ now as City keep on pushing for the winner, shouts of ‘ole ole’ as COLs player pass the ball around whilst their opponents chase shadows.

 

3 minutes to go and it looks like we have a penalty, but the refs books Smith instead for diving.

That’s proves to be the last action of the match as the ref blows the final whistle on a great second half, FT 2-2.

 

As the players come off they gather to show their appreciation to the supporters who have gathered to greet and cheer them off the pitch for an entertaining and dogged performance. You really sense that a bond has been formed tonight and hopefully this is the start of a great season ahead. Saturday away a Chadderton, will tell us more.

 

Martin Stewart

 

Rocket Claims - Man of the Match

The Rocket Man award v Bootle FC goes to Declan Gregson. Dec worked hard down the left all game and it was his great run and cross that led to our goal.

Exciting CoLlaborate Sponsorship

City of Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce an innovative new partnership with Regenda Homes.

 

As part of the CoLlaborate business forum initiative, the football club will work with Regenda Homes, a major social housing provider in the North West, to provide a range of exciting and inclusive football related experiences and opportunities to Regenda tenants and staff across the region.

 

The goal of our partnership is to enable Regenda to deliver real social value while supporting our quest for success on the field of play.

 

As a CoLlaborate business forum member, Regenda can nominate a community organisation to receive a complimentary package under the club’s COLlective community initiative. We are very pleased to announce that Regenda has nominated Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council. We very much look forward to welcoming “BNENC” to the Delta Taxis Stadium.

 

City of Liverpool Football Club Chairman, Paul Manning, speaks for everyone connected with the club when saying:

 

“The football club is honoured that a prestigious organisation, with clear social goals, like Regenda Homes has agreed to join with us as we embark on our inaugural season in the Hallmark Security League. We hope that this is just the beginning of an enduring, successful and socially beneficial relationship.”

Kevin Short, Project Manager for Regenda Homes stated:

 

"Regenda Homes are delighted to be part of this exciting and very interesting journey that COLFC are beginning.

 

We hope staff but more importantly our customers throughout the communities we work in can benefit from this partnership moving forward'

For more information about our CoLlaborate business Forum please click here

Rocket Claims Man of the Match  v Eagle Sports

Rocket Man v Eagle Sports was Player Coach Phil McDiarmid with a display of maturity and guile that kept the team ticking over from central midfield, not to mention two clinical finishes for his brace of goals as well.

Full League Fixtures

The Hallmark Security League has today issued the full league fixtures for 1st Division Clubs and you can see the full fixture list here

 

Because of potential adverse weather, the league has weighted the early part of the season with midweek fixtures, in an effort to avoid congestion, but usually teams will see games postponed and re-arranged for midweeks later in the season.

 

Also be aware that COLFC is actively pursuing alternate matchdays when Saturday fixtures clash with both LFC and EFC fixtures, so supporters will likely see Fridays and Sundays used as the season progresses. Indeed we already have a couple of these fixture changes in the pipeline already, with all clubs having agreed and us just waiting on confirmation from the Hallmark Security League.

 

Looking at the fixture list we are very grateful that all of our most distant away fixtures; Carlisle City, Holker OB, Silsden, Eccleshall, AFC Blackpool, FC Oswestry Town & Bacup Borough are all currently scheduled as Saturday away trips.

 

We are also very lucky that both of our Festive period fixtures; Away at Widnes and Away at Stockport Town, are both guaranteed to be played, as both clubs play on 3g pitches.

 

We are also privileged to be a part of the Groundhopper weekend fixtures, as we will play St Helens Town away on Easter Sunday. More details about the Groundhopper weekend can be found here

 

Our first derby of the season against near neighbours Litherland REMYCA will take place on 12/10/2016 at the Litherland Sports Park and then back at Vesty Road on 25/02/2017, with of course an FA Vase clash against the REMY to come first on 10/9/2016.

 

Rocket Claims Man of the Match Award

The Rocket Man award for the win away at Ashville FC was Danny Dalton who was solid and composed at the back throughout and also chipped in with the 2nd goal.

Member begins Crowdfunding for Defibrillator

COLFC member #387 Peter Knowles has began a crowdfunding page to raise £200 to purchase a Defibrillator machine for COLFC so that our players, staff and supporters can have the best treatment possible should the worst come to the worst and someone have a serious heart problem at one of our matches.

 

We are already 55% towards our total, so if you can help please do so by following the link here Defib Crowdfunding

 

A brilliant initiative by Peter and obviously something close to his heart.

Rocket Claims Man of the Match Award

The Rocket Man award v Conwy Borough goes to Allen Weston who has been in the running for the award in the 1st two games and once again displayed leadership and solidity in centre defence.

Official Match Report v Conwy Borough

COLFC 0 – Conwy Borough 5

After the euphoria of last week’s 3-2 win in our first ever match at Prestatyn Town, City were brought back down to earth this afternoon by fellow Huws Gray Alliance side Conwy Borough in our first ever home game.

 

A big crowd of 343 turned out on a warm but cloudy Saturday afternoon to witness the historic occasion and saw an entertaining game between two teams still getting to grips with early pre-season fixtures.

 

The opening minutes were just a bit scrappy as both teams struggled to adjust to a pitch that Bootle's groundskeeper was obviously growing for the summer, with the grass just a touch on the long side, making the ball slow to move around.   

 

The grass could be to blame for an early warning for City when a poor back pass was latched onto by a Conwy forward, fortunately though he too misjudged the slowness of the pitch and after rounding the keeper his shot was stopped from creeping over the line by Danny Dalton.

 

After the early scare, the Purps seemed to settle into the game with some good work from Billy Webb setting up Daley Woods a few times for a run and shot at goal.

 

COLFC were starting to dominate possession and knock the ball around well in the middle of the park without threatening the visitor’s goal when disaster struck.  A misplaced pass in midfield and Conwy showed the ruthlessness that was going to be their forte for the whole

of the match by quickly getting numbers forward to support the attack.  

 

City however got back to cover well and it looked like the danger was over, when out of nowhere the Conwy number 10 decided to try his luck from 25 yards.   The low shot perhaps caught Ste Longrigg in the City goal by surprise as it crept into his bottom left

corner…..1-0 to the men from North wales.

 

Going behind didn’t seem to disrupt City’s confidence though and they started to create some good chances of their own.   A Joe Comozzi cross drew out the Conwy keeper but neither of three inrushing City forwards could connect.   Then a chipped through ball to Daley Woods, beat the Conwy offside trap, but the striker was too slow to react and the chance went begging.

 

A foul on the left touchline, about 30 yards out gave City the chance to bring the big men forward for the free kick.   Chris Lester looped a lovely ball up around the penalty spot and Billy Webb was on hand to beat two defenders to the ball and bury the header past the keeper……the equaliser !!!......sorry not to be, celebrations were quickly broken by the linesman’s flag on the near side, goal disallowed………Booooo.

 

Five minutes later and an almost identical ball in from the left was met by Billy Webb once more, this time though the keeper did well to palm his powerful header over the bar. 

 

It looked at this point like City were going to take control of the match, but then once again that ruthless streak from Conwy showed its head.   A great pass from midfield put in the number 11 who was tripped by Lawton on the corner of the box, penalty to the visitors, which was expertly despatched by the number 10 to make it 2-0.

 

The second goal did take the wind out of City’s sails and for the last 10 minutes of the first half Conwy showed the sort of football that will surely make them one of the favourites for promotion next season.

 

A wonderful passing move saw Danny Dalton again clear a shot off the line, before Conwy ended the half with their third goal of the match.   This time the Conwy number 9 was left unmarked in the box as a cross came in from the left, his shot gleefully steered past Longrigg, City now had a mountain to climb.

 

HT COLFC 0 – 3 Conwy Borough

 

As is always the case in pre-season games the second half kicked off with a raft of changes for both sides.   On for City were Rob Abelwhite, Jamil Joseph and one or two other lads whose names I promise to get to know by

the next game.   Once again Simon Burton’s subtle use of two number five shirts, one shirt with no number and several players wearing the sweaty leftover shirt of the player they replaced, did more to confuse this commentator than it did the opposition.

 

The second half was only ten minutes old when the visitors went 4 up.  This time a low cross from their right side, flashed across the substitute keepers six yard box before being slotted in at the far post.

 

City’s subs were working well however and Jamil Joseph had a gilt edged chance on 60 minutes to score but his shot was weak and straight at the keeper.

 

A couple more chances came to Dykes and Abelwhite, but then another quick break for Conwy, this time down their left flank, a low cross again, turned in this time by an outstretched City leg (whose leg I will not say to spare the owner’s blushes)……5-0

 

The game now effectively over, City pushed for a consolation goal as the visitors gave the opportunity to one or two more fringe players to see the match out.   A late chance for Joseph was the last incident of the match that I can remember before I ran out of football cliché’s to use.

 

A poor result, but certainly not a poor performance.  Simon Burton will have learned a lot about the players he has at his disposal, which is exactly what these games are all about, and the Conwy Borough supporters in attendance will have seen plenty to give them much to look forward to next season.

 

Today however, was all about giving a big crowd the chance to see what City of Liverpool FC is all about and to have a good time in the process, and on that score it was very much mission accomplished.   

 

A great mix of young and old, families, men and women and arl fatties like me came along and had a great day out, and the club would like to thank everyone who came along.

 

If you were there today, we hope you had as much fun as we did putting on the match and we hope to see you again and again over the coming months.   If you couldn’t make it there is always next time, we will always be happy to welcome you with a smile and hopefully some great football too.

Rocket Claims Man of the Match Award

The Rocket Man award v Congleton Town goes to Joe Comozzi for an outstanding display of defending and attacking at Left Back.

 

Nathan Martland 1

Joe Comozzi 1

 

Purples go down 3-2 to Congleton

COLFC went down to a 3-2 defeat against Premier Division Congleton Town last night at the very pretty Richborough Estates Stadium, Congleton.

 

The Purples started very brightly indeed and could and should have been 2 goals up by the time Daley Woods slotted home after great work from Jack Abraham set him up.

 

Congleton equalised with an excellent 30 yard strike, but overall this was an excellent first half performance that defensively restricted Congleton to a couple of half chances, and offensively opened up the Bears rearguard time and time again with some excellent passing football.

 

As is usual in Pre-Season, both sides made changes at half time and Congleton were able to call upon a couple of really big strong forwards who swung the game thier way playing down a big slope.

 

A couple of goals in quick succession saw Congleton take a 3-1 lead, but the men in Purple re-grouped and Billy Webb bagged his second goal in consecutive games late on, to make it 3-2.

 

The boys pushed on and created some measure of concern in the Congleton defense searching for the equaliser, but it was not to be.

 

Rocket Claims Man of the Match award

Rocket Claims is a local Accident Management Company and is a member of CoLaborate.

 

Rocket Claims is the home of Rocket Man, Merseyside's very own Super-Hero and for each COLFC match, Rocket Claims will pick a Man of the Match.

 

Those match by match awards will be accumulated over the Season and a "Rocket Man" Player of the season will be named and provided with some big, boss award thingio (we haven't decided what yet!).

 

The Rocket Claims "Man of the Match" v Prestatyn was #11 Nathan Martland, whose unbelievable burst of pace to skin the Prestatyn left back and set up the winning goal was truly worthy of the name Rocket Man

 

If you, or your freinds or family or work colleagues have had an accident that was not your fault, Rocket Man will help you get compensated!

Historic 1st game and a 3-2 victory

Yesterday the club played its first ever match and what a great day it was!

 

Around 150 COLFC supporters made the journey to Prestatyn, despite the bad weather, the Runcorn Bridge and the trains being chaotic and we hope that everybody enjoyed themselves as much as we did.

 

And we won!

 

And had a laugh!

 

And had a bevvy!

 

As the late great John Peel said "Football, Beer & Music - the very stuff of life itself" (or something like that anyway!)

 

Who's coming to Congleton on Tuesday?

 

1st League Opponents announced

COLFC will kick the new League season away to Chadderton FC on Saturday 6th August, KO 3pm.

FA Vase Opponents

The draw has today been made for the 1st and 2nd preliminary rounds of FA Vase and COLFC have been drawn against local rivals Litherland REMYCA in the 1st preliminary round and then potentially Vauxhall Motors in the second preliniary round.

 

At least 1 great Derby there for us all to look forward to.

 

1st preliminary round to be played Saturday 10th September, although we note that Bootle FC are also drawn at home on the same date, so we think there is a fair chance that we will have to re-schedule our game to either the Friday night or Sunday afternoon, but all games have to be played that weekend.

Cup Opponents Known

The Hallmark Security League held a "New Clubs" Meeting today at Irlam FC to help the 6 new clubs to understand the administrative procedure required by the league. At the end of the meeting, the draws for the Reusch 1st Division Cup and the Macron Challenge Cup were made.

 

Reusch 1st Division Cup

 

The early rounds of the draw were made using a North & South system and after recieving a bye into the 2nd Round in the Southerly group, we have been drawn against Cheadle Town at Home, at a date to be confirmed by the league.

 

Macron Challenge Cup

 

This is the cup for all teams in the Hallmark Security League and for the 1st time it was an open draw and COLFC again were lucky enough to receive a bye to Round Two, where we will meet the winners of the 1st round tie between Congleton Town (Premier League) & Prestwich Heys (1st Division). We will be the away team and the tie will be played on Saturday 29th October.

Pre-Season Fixture Re-Arrangement

Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, Tranmere Rovers FC are now unable to send along a team to play us on 16th July, which we are all very disaapointed about. However, we are delighted to announce that we will play Conwy Borough at Delta Taxis Stadium on Saturday 16th July , Kick Off 2.00pm and we would like to express our gratitude to the committee and management of Conwy Borough FC for stepping in at very late notice to accomodate us.

 

You can be assured of a very warm welcome at Delta Taxis Stadium.

 

This brings are pre-season fixture arrangements to a close and with the trials complete and Pre-Season training starting on Saturday 18th June, the club is well and truly on its way to playing some football!!!

 

Saturday 9th July 2016

2.30ko

Prestatyn Town FC (away)

Bastion Gardens

Cymru Alliance League

 

Tuesday 12th July 2016

7.30ko

Congleton Town (away)

Richborough Estates Stadium

NWCFL Premier Division

 

Saturday 16th July 2016

2.00ko

Conwy Borough FC (home)

Delta Taxis Stadium

Huws Grays Alliance

 

Tuesday 19th July 2016

7.30ko

Ashville FC (away)

Cross Lane

Wallasey

West Cheshire League

 

Saturday 23rd July 2016

3.00ko

Ton Pentre FC (away)

Ynys Park

Welsh League

 

Tuesday 26th July 2016

6.45ko

Eagle Sports (away)

Thornton Road

Cheshire Premier League

 

Friday 29th July 2016

7.30ko

Bootle FC (away)

Delta Taxis Stadium

NWCFL Premier Division

 

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

7.30ko

Prescot Cables FC (away)

Hope Street

Evostik North League

Trials Day

Saturday 11th June, saw 37 triallists attend Admiral Park, L8 to be put through thier paces by 1st team coach Tom Spearritt and assisted by fellow members of the coaching staff.

 

Manager Simon Burton was in attendance but was on restricted duties due to a recent knee operation and so was merely observing.

 

The standard was very high across the whole day and 8 triallists have been invited to join us for pre-season training, which starts next Saturday 18th June.

 

Below are some photographs taken by club photography pool member Philip Costello.

 

Pre-Season Fixture Announced

We are delighted to announce that we play Congleton Town of the North West Counties Premier Division, on Tuesday 12th July at the Richborough Estates Stadium, Congleton, Kick Off 7.30pm.

 

This brings are pre-season fixture count to Seven, with just the opponents for our historic 1st ever home game at Delta Taxis Stadium to be announced, to complete Manager Simon Burton's target to have his newly formed squad play 8 pre-season fixtures, ahead of the start of Season 2016/17.

 

Saturday 9th July 2016

2.30ko

Prestatyn Town FC (away)

Bastion Gardens

Cymru Alliance League

 

Tuesday 12th July 2016

7.30ko

Congleton Town (away)

Richborough Estates Stadium

NWCFL Premier Division

 

Saturday 16th July 2016

2.00ko

Tranmere Rovers (home)

Delta Taxis Stadium

 

Tuesday 19th July 2016

7.30ko

Ashville FC (away)

Cross Lane

Wallasey

West Cheshire League

 

Saturday 23rd July 2016

3.00ko

Ton Pentre FC (away)

Ynys Park

Welsh League

 

Tuesday 26th July 2016

6.45ko

Eagle Sports (away)

Thornton Road

Cheshire Premier League

 

Friday 29th July 2016

7.30ko

Bootle FC (away)

Delta Taxis Stadium

NWCFL Premier Division

 

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

7.30ko

Prescot Cables FC (away)

Hope Street

Evostik North League

Adidas Kit confirmed for Season 2016/17

City of Liverpool FC is delighted to confirm that the club will be wearing the Adidas Tabela kit as featured in our Commemorative Shirts, as the 1st team kit for season 2016/17.

 

The Purple shirts have already become somewhat iconic and will be matched with White Shorts and Purple socks as our home kit.

 

We still have some of our limited edition Tabela shirts, individually numbered and with certificate of authenticity available priced at £29.99 for adults and available at www.colfc.co.uk/merchandise but we are delighted that we will be using the shirt for actual football purposes moving forward.

 

The Tabela will also be our away strip in White Shirts / Black Shorts / White Socks.

 

Both shirts will be available for purchase ahead of the start of the season.

FA Decision Update

Further to yesterday's club statement on the FA's decision to place us at Step 7 of the National League System, the Executive Committee can confirm that we are instigating the Appeals procedure, as offered to us by the FA.

 

Whilst disappointed at the original decision, City of Liverpool Football Club accepts the integrity of the decision making process and will not make further public comment, until due process has been completed. 

 

FA Decision

It is disappointing to read the decision of the FA National Leagues Committee that we received this evening, placing the club at Step 7 of the pyramid and we know that our 914 members will also be disappointed.

 

We felt that the club had made an outstanding case of having "exceptional circumstances" to be allowed to join the pyramid at Step 6 and that we had delivered that case in a high quality, professional, presentation.

 

The FA have not told us on what grounds we have failed in our application, but in light of the statement made this evening by the North West Counties Football League http://www.nwcfl.com/news-articles.php?id=5151 that the League has been left 1 club short of capacity for season 2016/17 and the fact that we are ready, willing and able to fulfill that position, we are considering our options as to the way forward.

 

Pre-Season Fixture Confirmed

We are delighted to announce the 6th of our pre-season friendlies, which will be away to our Landlords, Bootle FC at Delta Taxis Stadium, Friday 29th July 2016, KO 7.30pm

 

 

Saturday 9th July 2016

2.30ko

Prestatyn Town FC (away)

Bastion Gardens

Cymru Alliance League

 

Saturday 16th July 2016

2.00ko

Opponent TBC (home)

Delta Taxis Stadium

 

Tuesday 19th July 2016

7.30ko

Ashville FC (away)

Cross Lane

Wallasey

West Cheshire League

 

Saturday 23rd July 2016

3.00ko

Ton Pentre FC (away)

Ynys Park

Welsh League

 

Tuesday 26th July 2016

6.45ko

Eagle Sports (away)

Thornton Road

Cheshire Premier League

 

Friday 29th July 2016

7.30ko

Bootle FC (away)

Delta Taxis Stadium

NWCFL Premier Division

 

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

7.30ko

Prescot Cables FC (away)

Hope Street

Evostik North League

Fixture Re-Arrangement

Due to the conclusion of this season's Liverpool Senior Cup running into the Pre-Season, Prescot Cables have had to move our fixture from Saturday 30th July to Tuesday 2nd August.

 

Manager Simon Burton has requested 8 pre-season fixtures and we will definitely have at least 1 home game at Delta Taxis Stadium before the new season starts.

 

Our Pre-Season fixtures currently are listed below:

 

Saturday 9th July 2016

2.30ko

Prestatyn Town FC (away)

Balliol Gardens

Cymru Alliance League

 

Tuesday 19th July 2016

7.30ko

Ashville FC (away)

Cross Lane

Wallasey

West Cheshire League

 

Saturday 23rd July 2016

3.00ko

Ton Pentre FC (away)

Ynys Park

Welsh League

 

Tuesday 26th July 2016

6.45ko

Eagle Sports (away)

Thornton Road

Cheshire Premier League

 

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

7.30ko

Prescot Cables FC (away)

Hope Street

Evostik North League

 

 

900 Members in COLFC

Our club has today signed up its 900th member.

 

We've said it before and we'll say it again - this is without having kicked a ball yet, still not having been placed in a league and still 70 days away from our 1st pre-season friendly.

 

Back at our very first open meeting in September 2014, a discussion ensued about how many members the club hoped to attract. Someone said 50, other views ranged from between 100 and 250, but we made the point from the podium, that we hoped to acheive membership in our first season of around 2000 and thus obtain a real mandate from the City to move forward.

 

"No Chance!" was the general consensus "No-one in Liverpool is interested in Non League football"

 

Here's looking towards our 1000th member and being half way to our achieving our prediction.

 

 

 

 

Pre-Season Friendly

City of Liverpool FC will play Eagle Sports of the Cheshire Premier League, in a Pre-Season friendly game on Tuesday 26th July, KO 6.45pm

 

This brings our current total of warm up games to 5, with Manager Simon Burton hoping to play 8 matches in total before the season proper.

 

Saturday 9th July 2016

2.30ko

Prestatyn Town FC (away)

Balliol Gardens

Cymru Alliance League

 

Tuesday 19th July 2016

7.30ko

Ashville FC (away)

Cross Lane

Wallasey

West Cheshire League

 

Saturday 23rd July 2016

3.00ko

Ton Pentre FC (away)

Ynys Park

Welsh League

 

Tuesday 26th July 2016

6.45ko

Eagle Sports (away)

Thornton Road

Cheshire Premier League

 

Saturday 30th July 2016

3.00ko

Prescot Cables FC (away)

Hope Street

Evostik North League

 

 

COLFC reaches 800 Members

City of Liverpool FC now has its 800th member in the club, which is a great acheivement considering that memberships in the club have only been available since early December 2015 and of course we had the Christmas and New Year period in between times as well, so 800 members in just less than 4 months!!!

 

We think this clearly shows an appetite for the club as we move towards the big kick off for Season 2016/17.

 

All adult members have been surveyed about their intention to actively support the club once the football begins and whilst not all members have returned the survey as yet, currently 64% of members are in the "YES" range for purchasing a Season Ticket and a whopping 95% of respondents are in the "YES" range for attending matches throughout the Season - and bear in mind these are just Adult members responding, the numbers will be swelled with our Junior members attending matches with the parents.

 

We think that is a very healthy position to be in whilst we are still over 3 months away from a ball being kicked.

 

If we get the positive decision that we hope for from the FA to allow the club to join the National League System at Step 6, we envision that our membership numbers will roughly double by the time the season starts and in line with the current survey results, so will our attendance figures.

 

But we are not daft.

 

We know that there are a number of factors which will effect our attendance figures positively or negatively and we do not rest on our laurels. We are working hard to put in place the foundations required to ensure we give ourselves the best chance possible of hitting the ground running and delivering on our objectives on behalf of our members and the City.

Pre- Season Friendlies

City of Liverpool FC is delighted to announce the following Pre- Season friendlies, ahead of Season 2016/17.

 

Saturday 9th July 2016

2.30ko

Prestatyn Town FC (away)

Balliol Gardens

Cymru Alliance League

 

Saturday 23rd July 2016

3.00ko

Ton Pentre FC (away)

Ynys Park

Welsh League

 

Saturday 30th July 2016

3.00ko

Prescot Cables FC (away)

Hope Street

Evostik North League

 

The club is also discussing other fixtures as well and further details will be announced as soon as possible, including the details of our Open Trials day, which will take place in early June in Liverpool.

 

 

500 Memberships Reached!

We have now reached 500 fully paid up members in the club and considering that memberships only became available on 3rd December, we think that is pretty good!

 

Our first kick of a football is not for a further 5 months, we don't have a manager, a team or a league to play in as yet, so we think we our message and vision is clearly beginning to reach the population of the City and the City Region.

 

500 memberships is great and will have a massive impact on the club and therefore on Liverpool as a whole, but we want more. We want a real madate from the people of Liverpool that this club is wanted and needed.

 

Our minimum target for August 2016 is 2000 members and we actually think we can reach 4500 by then with a fair wind and the true support of scousers everywhere.

 

Get behind us and we promise we will deliver for the City.

 

Buy memberships here www.colfc.co.uk/memberships and remember, this is not just for us middle aged football supporters, this is for your kids and grandkids to ensure that they will have a football team to go and watch on a Saturday and won't need a second mortgage to do it!

Club Application Supported by NWCFL

Monday 15th February 2016 saw the 1st ever meeting of the members of City of Liverpool FC, the newly formed supporter owned football club in Liverpool.

 

The meeting took place at Jack Jones House with the room graciously provided by Unite the Union.

 

Around 50 members were present to hear details about the club's progress towards Season 2016/17 and specifically about the club gaining the support of the the North West Counties Football League to join the league, subject to ratification by the FA.

 

This is important news for the club as we have now secured the support of both the Liverpool County FA and the North West Counties Football League in our quest to join the National League System at Step 6 and having now reached over 500 members in the club (still 5 months away from kicking a ball!), we believe that we are well on track to achieving our goal, whilst respecting the fact that final ratification rests with the FA and that we will have to show exceptional circumstances to succeed.

 

Members were also updated on the club's ongoing work to secure a lease allowing us to commence work on a stadium solution within the City boundaries as well as the search for the club's 1st team Manager.

 

The committee also fielded questions and suggestions from those present and a healthy debate took place, with the meeting concluding at approximately 8.00pm.

 

Memberships in the club are available in a range of categories but starting at £1 for a junior member at www.colfc.co.uk/memberships

 

All media enquiries to contact@colfc.co.uk please

1st Ever Members' Meeting Announced

Our 1st ever members' meeting will take place on Moday 15th February at 6.30pm, at Jack Jones House, Commutation Row, Liverpool (former TGWU building).

 

Members will get a detailed overview of progress so far and an update on the recruitment of a Manager and the progress of securing our own ground within the city amongst a raft of other items.

 

We will also have a full Q&A with members, fielding any matters arising.

 

If your are already a member of the club, you are urged to access your webcollect account (www.webcollect.org.uk) and secure your ticket for the meeting. Tickets are free but space may be limited, so be certain of your place by registering to attend in advance.

 

If you are not already a member of the club and want to attend the meeting, you can join the club now at www.colfc.co.uk/memberships and you will be part of our exciting new adventure.

 

Only fully paid up members of the club will be allowed access to the meeting.

 

 

A Supporter Owned Football Club - Official!

Excellent news that we are now officially a CBS (Community Benefit Society), which in short terms mean we are now a supporter owned football club.

 

Grateful thanks to the team at Supporters Direct for thier work on our project.

 

All we need now is supporters, which is where you come in!

 

Memberships in City of Liverpool FC will now shortly be available to anyone who shares our aims and aspirations, be they from Liverpool, the UK or anywhere in the World.

 

UK Memberships are available in 4 categories:-

 

Adult 21-65

- £10 annual membership, including £1 share in club, granting owner voting rights in club issues.

- With this membership, entry to home games is £5

 

Young Adult 16-20

- £5.00 annual membership, including £1 share in club, granting owner voting rights in club issues.

- With this membership, entry to home games is £3.00

 

Seniors + Concessions

- £5.00 annual memberships, including £1 share in club, granting owner voting rights in club issues.

- With this membership, entry to home games is £3.00

 

Children 0-15

- £1.00 annual membership, but does not include a share in club (anyone under the age of 16 is not legally allowed to hold shares in a CBS unfortunately)

- With this membership, entry to home games is FREE.

NB - Child memberships can only be bought in conjunction with an adult membership, not as a stand alone membership.

 

International Members

 

- £15.00 annually, but does not include a share in the club (non UK residents cannot hold shares in a CBS unfortunately).

 

Please watch our social media outlets or your email in box, for confirmation of when memberships become available to purchase shortly.

 

Public Meeting Takes Place

Our public meeting took place on 21st September 2015 at the Quakers Meeting rooms, Liverpool City Centre.

 

Around 40 people were in attendance to hear about the aims and aspirations of the club and various opinions and advice were shared with members of the executive committee in attendance.

 

After presentation of our model club rules in association with Supporters Direct, we held a vote as to whether the community supported the launch of COLFC, which was unanimously agreed with and the motion was carried.

 

The club will now proceed to work closely with Supporters Direct to transfer the legal standing of the club from a limited company (which we formed simply to protect the name of the club) to a Community Benefit Society.

City Talk Interview

Paul Manning & Stuart Fitzgerald interviewed on City Talk on 18th September 2015.

 

https://soundcloud.com/city-talk-breakfast/the-big-idea-city-of-liverpool-fc

Public Meeting to Launch COLFC

COLFC will be hosting a public meeting at 7pm on Monday 21st September 2015, at The Quakers Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT.

 

The meeting is to officially launch COLFC as a community owned football club and to accept nominations for a steering committee to take the club forward towards the big kick off in August 2016.

 

Anyone who shares the aims and aspirations of COLFC is welcome to attend the meeting.

 

Please watch the video below to undertsand what COLFC wants to do for the whole of the City.

 

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