SHAUN KELLY SIGNS

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of defender Shaun Kelly from Bala Town.

The 32 year old Scouser brings with him a wealth of experience and excellent footballing CV from both the EFL and abroad.

Kelly started his career coming through the youth ranks at Chester City and had a brief loan spell at Vauxhall Motors, before returning to The Deva Stadium and progressing into the First Team.

Kelly impressed and became an important player for The Seals, who were at the time a League 2 outfit. In total, Kelly represented Chester City 43 times before leaving the club following their relegation and eventual expulsion from the Conference.

After departing Chester in early 2010, Kelly initially had a trial spell with Port Vale where he impressed opposition manager Paul Peschisolido in a fixture against his Burton Albion side. Kelly’s performance earned him a move to the League 2 team until the end of the season and in total he went on to make four appearances for The Brewers.

In July 2010 Kelly left Burton to head for Wales, having a one-year spell at Bala Town before leaving Maes Tegid to relocate to Australia.

Whilst in Australia, the commanding defender had a short period at Shepparton United before joining NPL Victoria team South Melbourne as a mid-season signing. Shaun actually managed to win the club’s Golden Boot despite playing at centre-back!

In July 2012, Kelly returned to England on loan with Conference side Halifax Town during the Australian off-season, before heading back to Melbourne for the start of their 2013 campaign.

Ahead of the 2015 season, Kelly joined NPL Victoria team Port Melbourne S.C and earned the club captaincy before signing for NPL 2 Victoria side Dandenong City alongside his brother James in 2016. Whilst at Dandenong he was awarded their Player of the Year accolade and was a league runner up.

Shaun later went on to re-join Bala Town after returning to the UK, where he played alongside Purps midfielder Nathan Burke.

Described as a natural leader who is strong on the ball, Kelly has all the hallmarks of a player who Purps fans will love.

Manager Michael Ellison is understandably delighted to attract a player of Kelly’s calibre, explaining, “Shaun is a great signing for us. He brings with him a wealth of experience and after meeting with him it was clear he would fit into what we’re trying to do.”

“Shaun had a number of clubs chasing him and I’m delighted he has chosen the Purps.”

Kelly explained what attracted him to join the club, “I met with Ello last week and was really impressed with what he had to say and the plans for the club going forward.”

“The aspirations to keep building on previous success and moving up the leagues was a massive selling point for me.”

“Hopefully I can bring experience and leadership to the group and help the club achieve even more this season.”

Welcome to the Purps, Shaun.

CORRIGAN COMMITS TO THE PURPS

City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce that left back Louis Corrigan has re-signed for the forthcoming 2021-22 season.

Renowned for his dangerous delivery from set pieces, the experienced full back made 11 appearances during his maiden season with the Purps until football ended prematurely due to the pandemic.

Corrigan has a long working relationship with manager Michael Ellison and his backroom team, having had a successful period together at Runcorn Linnets.

The manager explained his desire to retain a player he’s so familiar with, “Louis is a player we know really well and knows how we work.”

“He’s a top lad on and off the pitch, he’s got a wealth of experience and a wand of a left foot”.

Corrigan is pleased to commit his future to the club, adding, “I’m made up to have signed back on and looking forward to the new season starting already.”

“Last year was a bit stop start for everyone so it’s just exciting to get back to normality.”

“Hopefully we’ll get ourselves off to a good start and see where it takes us”

 

BRYANT RETURNS FOR 2021-22

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that forward Mitch Bryant has signed for the forthcoming 2021-22 season.

Bryant signed for the Purps from Bury AFC in October 2020 and was instantly a fan favourite with his all action displays and tireless work rate.

The striker was a key figure during our FA Trophy run, scoring in a man of the match display on his debut in our 3-0 win at Atherton Collieries, and shining in the next round as the Purps beat Buxton 2-1.

Mitch also netted in an impressive team performance as Michael Ellison’s side dismantled Pontefract Collieries in the penultimate game before football ended for the season.

 

Manager Michael Ellison is pleased to confirm Bryant’s signature, “I’m delighted to have Mitch on board.”

“He’s a player I know really well and what he can bring to the side It was one of the easy conversations I’ve had, he knows what we’re trying to do here and is keen to be a part of it.”

“I know he’s become a bit of a fans favourite already, there is plenty more to come trust me.”

Bryant was equally as enthusiastic about re-signing, explaining, “I’m delighted to be re-signing for the club this coming season. Obviously I know Ello and Crossy and what they demand and they know what they are getting from me.”

“I’m looking forward to getting back playing with the lads and building on the positive performances we had prior to the season coming to an end. We’ll set high targets as a group this year and I intend to play a big part in that.”

“Let’s get the fans back in and start enjoying our football again!”

BURKE SIGNS FOR 2021/22

City of Liverpool FC is pleased to confirm that Nathan Burke has committed to the club for the forthcoming 2021-22 season.

The former Liverpool, Warrington Town and Bala Town midfielder joined last summer from FC United of Manchester and was a key member of the Purps side throughout the season until it was curtailed by the pandemic.

Burkey featured 14 times during the 2020-21 campaign, scoring 5 goals, including a crucial brace in manager Michael Ellison’s first match as the Purps won 5-2 away at Brighouse Town.

 

Ellison explained, “I’m delighted Burkey has committed for another season. Along with his performances on the pitch, his mentality, professionalism and the standards he sets are second to none.”

“He’s been a pleasure to work with in the short time we’ve been here and I’m looking forward to working with him in the season ahead.”

Burke added, “I have enjoyed my time so far with the Purps. I am looking forward to this season and having spoken to Ello I can see that the club means business.”

“I can’t wait to get started.”

HAZLEHURST SIGNS FOR 2021-22

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that midfielder Jack Hazlehurst has committed to the Club for the forthcoming 2021-22 campaign.

Affectionately known by supporters as “The Purple Messi”, Hazlehurst signed from Liverpool Football College in 2017 and has gone on to play 112 games, scoring 38 goals for the club.

Last season Jack was in fine form for Michael Ellison’s side, scoring 6 goals in 13 games as football ended prematurely due to the pandemic. Jack’s virtuoso performances saw him score crucial goals in our FA Trophy run, with an opportunistic strike against Atherton Collieries, and a brace at Buxton including a late wondergoal which saw the Purps win the tie 2-1.

 

Manager Michael Ellison is pleased to retain Hazlehurst as preparations step up ahead of pre-season training, “I’m delighted to have Jack on board for this season.”

“He’s been excellent since I walked through the door and he’s an integral part of what we’re trying to do here. I’ve no doubt there is still a lot more to come from him and that he will play a huge part in us reaching our targets for this season”

Hazlehurst added, “I’m made up to commit to the Purps for Season 2021/22. I love the club & the supporters and just can’t wait to get back in Pre-Season and play my part in the team under Ello.”

Purps Legends and Mersey Fire support Owen McVeigh Foundation.

City of Liverpool FC’s Legends side played out an entertaining fixture at The Purple Hub on Sunday against Mersey Fire and Rescue, with the Purps running out 3-2 winners.

The Legends team was announced in July 2020 but the team was unable to play any fixtures until now due to COVID restrictions. However, with regulations now eased, COLFC and Mersey Fire and Rescue joined forces to raise vital funds for The Owen McVeigh Foundation.

The match was played out in rainy conditions, which didn’t put off around 50 hardened Purps who attended to cheer on their Treble winning heroes. Amongst a plethora of returning idols, the Purps were pleased to welcome back Danny Dalton for his first game back since picking up a serious achilles injury in September 2019’s FA Cup tie against Warrington Town.

After a cagey opening, The Purps went ahead when Phil MacDiarmid hammered a left footed effort from fully 30 yards into the top corner, leaving the Mersey Fire keeper with no chance. It was fitting that the first goal for the Purps Legends was straight out of the top drawer.

Former Purps player and coach MacDiarmid made it a quick-fire double shortly afterwards, slotting home low inside the area, this time with his right foot, which the visiting keeper was unlucky not to keep out.

As the half closed out, treble season penalty hero Stephen Longrigg picked up an innocuous injury and had to be replaced in the net by reluctant keeper Allen Weston. Declan Gregson entered the fray to replace Longy, fresh from playing for The Canada earlier in the afternoon.

After the interval, Mersey Fire grew back into the game and got a deserved goal with a free kick bent expertly around the wall and low past Weston into the net.

The Purps wasted a number of good opportunities on the counter-attack, and Mersey Fire made them pay, scoring a well taken equaliser from close range.

Mersey Fire continued to threaten the Purps goal and nearly stole a winner late on but for a brilliant point-blank range save from Allen Weston, who pushed the ball around the post for a corner as the crowd expected the net to ripple.

Just as the game was coming to an end Weston rushed up from goalkeeper as the Purps had a corner deep into injury time. Weso had eyes on replicating Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker, but the whipped corner from the left narrowly evaded him, to the delight of his team-mates who knew they’d never hear the last of it if he scored!

As an even game looked destined to end in a draw, Phil MacDiarmid hammered a left footed effort from 25 yards which flew in off the post to complete a deserved hat-trick. The Purple Pirlo ran the show all afternoon and picked up the match-ball with the last kick of the game, to the delight of a drenched but vocal home faithful.

A special mention should go to referee Keith Jones, who kindly volunteered to officiate the fixture as the last match of his 48 year refereeing career. Keith is a Purps fan and well known face at the match, who we congratulate on a fantastic career of dedication to grassroots footy.

The real winner on the day of course was The Owen McVeigh Foundation, as supporters and players alike gave generously to support a fantastic cause.

Any Purps who were unable to make the match but would like to make a donation should head to https://www.owenmcveighfoundation.co.uk/donate/

The foundation’s website is also a great place to check out the wonderful work they are doing supporting children with cancer and their families across Merseyside.

Player-manager Tom Spearritt was delighted to see his side playing in front of the Purps fans again, “Massive thanks to all who braved the weather and turned up to support the lads and The Owen McVeigh Foundation.”

“In difficult conditions I thought both teams played some great football, especially Todd and Phil in the middle of the park. It was great to see Danny back playing after his long spell out of the game through injury too. Big thanks also to Lee and the Mersey Fire lads for getting a team together.”

“We are looking forward to doing it all again soon and hoping for better weather for our next match in July – watch this space!”

COLFC LEGENDS SQUAD: Stephen Longrigg, Tom Spearritt, Allen Weston, Danny Dalton, Franny Foy, Todd Blayney, Phil McDiarmid, Daley Woods, Aaron Rey, Billy Webb, John Connolly, Declan Gregson, Jamil Campbell-Joseph.

Man of the Match: Phil MacDiarmid. It couldn’t be anyone else really could it? A virtuouso performance from MacDiarmid who delivered a masterclass in long range shooting and deservedly got his hat trick late on.

 

MATCHDAY GALLERY:

COLFC Launch new womens social football sessions

COLFC in the Community are delighted to announce the launch of their Womens weekly social football sessions.

All ages and abilities are welcome, but particularly beginners, those returning to the game and those women who have been denied the chance at playing football when they where younger.

Run similar to our regular mens social football sessions we aim to create an environment that is safe and welcoming to females who want to play football in a welcoming and inclusive environment for women to play football, create friendships and keep fit.

COLFC Community’s Sean Lindblad said today “Women’s football has been something we have been looking to establish before lockdown and we feel now is the perfect time to launch the sessions.”

“There is a whole generation of women out there who weren’t allowed to play at school or where stopped from playing once they reached a certain age. We hope we can give those who may have not been able to play the chance to get into football and enjoy everything it has to offer. The sessions will be open to everyone and in particular women who feel they want to play football, but not in a competitive environment”

Want to join us? Sessions takes place every Wednesday starting from 26th May 7-8PM at The Purple Hub, Longview Lane, Huyton, L36 7UN.

Purps announce Isle of Man friendly

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that we will be visiting the isle of man for a friendly match with Isle of Man FC on Saturday 24th July 2021 – Kick off 6pm.

Club chairman Paul manning said “ This is the first time that the club has travelled “abroad” to play a fixture and everyone associated with the club is very excited at the prospect of doing so.”

“Isle of man FC have had a difficult time in fulfilling fixtures in the pandemic and therefore we are happy to make the journey and play what we are sure will be a very competitive game of football”

The official party will be travelling on Friday 23rd July with the isle of man steam packet from Liverpool, departing at 11:15AM and returning on Sunday the 25th July at 5:00PM.

Members and supporters are free to make there own travel arrangements however COLFC in the community CIC does own a travel agency ( www.myconciergetravel.co.uk ) and would be delighted to handle bookings for travel and / or accommodation.

All enquiries regarding travel to the game should be directed to quoteme@myconciergetravel.co.uk.