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.
Our league fixtures for the month of August have been released and we start our 2017/18 league campaign at home to Irlam, away to Northwich Victoria, away to Maine Road and at home to Charnock Richard.
For the 1st time in our history, COLFC will play in the FA Cup and we have been drawn away to Padiham in the 1st qualifying round and if successful, we will then play away to Prescot Cables in the 2nd qualifying round.
Ties to be played 5th August and 19th August respectively (subject to change)
COLFC have recieved a bye in the 1st qualifying round of the 2017/18 competition and will play the winners of AFC Liverpool or Athersley Recreation away, in the 2nd qualifying round.
The match will be played on or around the 23rd of September 2017.
To join with other new signings Craig Robinson and Ryan Mitchell, we have also signed Emini Adegbenro and Karl Noon.
Mini joins us from AFC Liverpool having previously been at Formby and Runcorn Town. Anyone who was at our match v AFC Liverpool in the Liverpool Senior Cup last season, will remember his power packed performance up front and those who travelled to Holker OB last Saturday witnessed his first goal for the club.
Karl Noon joins us with tremendous non-league experience having played at Prescot Cables, Bamber Bridge, Marine, Southport, Bangor City,Vauxhall Motors, Burscough and Witton Albion ...and breath.
Welcome to both lads whom we look forward to seeing in the famous Purple shirt, hopefully at Rhyl on Saturday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com
COLFC will play host to landlords Bootle FC at Vesty Road on Friday 14th July, KO 7.30pm.
The friendly game which is the 2nd annual match between the two clubs, will see the sides face each other ahead of a league campaign with both clubs competing in the Hallmark Security League Premier Division.
We now have only 1 pre-season fixture left to be confirmed, which is the annual Charity Shield-esque match between the Premier League Winners (Atherton Collieries) and the Challenge Cup Winners (COLFC), which is scheduled for Saturday 29th July but which is still subject to agreement between the two clubs and the League Management Committee.
We hope to be able to confirm this fixture shortly.
COLFC is delighted to announce that we will be holding trials for the men's 1st and Reserves teams and for the ladies team on Saturday 24th June 2017.
The ladies trials will begin at 10.00am and are open to anyone aged 16 or above.
The men's trials will begin at 1pm and will be open to anyone aged 18 or above.
Simon Burton, Tom O'Hanlon and Harriet Miller and thier respective coaching staffs will be present to oversee each session.
The trials are open to anyone who meets the age criteria but you must register with us to be given a place in the trials.
Ladies should register with us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org providing your name, DOB and a brief overview of your playing experience to date.
Men should register with us by sending an email to email@example.com providing your name, DOB and a brief overview of your playing experience to date.
Once you have registered, you will recieve an acknowledgement of your email and closer to the date you will be supplied with further details.
COLFC confirm that Centre Half Ryan Mitchell has signed for the Purples ahead of Season 2017/18.
Ryan made 47 starts for 1874 Northwich in the Hallmark Security League Premier Division last season and has been one of Manager Simon Burton's top targets this Summer.
Simon said "I'm really pleased to capture the signature of Ryan who I consider to be one of the best centre halves in the Hallmark Security League.
Its shows just how far this club has come in such a small space of time, that we can attract players of Ryan's quality".
Ryan said of his move to COLFC " I'm really pleased to have signed for City of Liverpool, it is a club going in the right direction and Simon has really sold it to me.
The club has just had a massive season and hopefully I can play my part in doing something similar in this coming season.
I'm looking forward to getting started in Pre-Season and meeting all of the lads."
Saturday 8th July 3pm KO, we will be playing Welsh Premier League side Rhyl FC at the Corbett Sports Stadium.
This is going to be a brilliant day out for our supporters and we are looking forward to visiting what we know to be a very friendly club on what we hope will be a lovely, sunny day.
Our Pre-Season schedule now looks like this
1st July - Holker OB away
4th July - Ashville away
8th July - Rhyl FC away
11th July - Thornton Cleveleys away
15th July - TBC home
18th July - Whitchurch Alport away
22nd July - Prescot Cables Tournament
25th July - Lower Breck away
29th July - TBC away
Arrangements are ongoing regarding our home game on 15th July and also regarding the "League Winners (Atherton Collieries) v Cup Winners (COLFC)" game which is scheduled to take place on 29th July.
Saturday 22nd July sees COLFC visit neighbours Prescot Cables FC for a day long, 4 club round robin tournament, also featuring St Helens Town and Rainhill Town.
The Purps are guaranteed 3 games at least, each lasting an hour and there will also be a Final game as well.
Further details of the event will be released in due course, but for now it's a date for your diary.
So our Pre-Season calendar now looks like this:
1st July - Holker OB away
4th July - Ashville away
8th July - TBC away
11th July - Thornton Cleveleys away
15th July - TBC home
18th July - Whitchurch Alport away
22nd July - Prescot Cables Tournament
25th July - Lower Breck away
29th July - TBC away
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.
Tuesday 4th July, KO 7.45pm the Purps will travel to Wallasey to face Ashville of the West Cheshire League.
This will be our 3rd friendly visit to Ashville, with the second visit in November 2016 attracting a massive Purple crowd of just 5 people and is quite famous also as the ONLY game played in the entire 2016/17 season that Glynn Jones failed to attend!
Can you imagine a game now when only 5 Partisans attend? We only had 9 supporters at Congleton Town in our second ever match!
Anyway, lets see if we can beat 5 supporters on July 4th.
The Purps will travel to Yockings Park to face Whitchurch Alport on Tuesday 18th July, KO 7.45pm.
We all know that we can expect a friendly welcome from our hosts and a plentiful supply of Beer and food on what is hopefully a beautifully warm summer's evening.
We have 1 more Tuesday fixture to announce before we announce the 4 remaining Saturday fixtures that we have scheduled, including our home friendly game at DTS.
COLFC will play Lower Breck FC of the Liverpool County Premier Division, at Breckside Park on Tuesday 25th July, KO 7.45pm
On Tuesday 11th July, KO 7.30ish we will play Thornton Cleveleys FC of the West Lancashire League Premier Division.
Address for the match is Bourne RoadThornton CleveleysFY5 4QA
We'd like to thank Jimmy at Thornton Clevelys FC for making the appropriate arrangeents and look forward to our first visit to the club.
COLFC will begin thier Pre-Season matches with a trip north to Holker OB on Saturday 1st July.
Kick - Off times and further details will be confirmed nearer the time.
For those that made the trip to Rakesmoor in September, it will be a welcome return to what is a very scenic part of the world and a very friendly welcome in a bar that serves absolutely sensational San Miguel on draft.
It was one of the best away-days last season and we are delighted to go back again.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org please
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.
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:-
- £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
- £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.
- £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.
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.
Paul Manning & Stuart Fitzgerald interviewed on City Talk on 18th September 2015.
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.