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City of Liverpool fell to a narrow defeat at the hands of 1874 Northwich on Tuesday night at the VanEupen Arena.
Michael Ellison welcomed new signing Anton Smith, a loan recruit from League Two side Salford City, and he was handed a place in the starting XI at right back.
George Hassall, a recent recruit from Warrington Rylands, continued up front alongside Djavan Pedro and Ryan Gibson, whilst there was a place on the bench for James Murphy who joined from Ramsbottom prior to the fixture.
The Purps were much the better side in the opening exchanges.
Following a period of sustained pressure, a corner from the right was delivered expertly by Louis Corrigan to be met by the outstretched boot of Adam Hughes at the near post, who fired a difficult chance narrowly wide.
The visitors were initially limited to counter attacking opportunities but looked dangerous when doing so.
Their first real foray forward saw the lively Taylor Kennerley race down the left before cutting inside and hammering a fierce low effort which cannoned back off the post. Such was the ferocity of the shot, it bounced straight out for a throw in to the Purps!
At the other end the Purps continued to threaten from aerial balls, and a trademark delivery from deep by Corrigan saw Pedro deliver a towering header across the face of goal.
Just as George Hassall looked likely to capitalise on the knock-down the 1874 defence scrambled the ball clear in the nick of time.
City of Liverpool looked dangerous in wide areas courtesy of the pacey Ryan Gibson, who was the latest to create an opportunity.
The winger raced clear down the right and delivered a delightful ball in which was met by a first-time finish by Djavan Pedro. The ball flew just wide, with the Purps faithful on the far side stand initially thinking Pedro had scored, and the forward looking visibly annoyed that he hadn’t!
The Purps continued to press for the opener, with Corrigan and Pedro at the very centre of the attacking play.
This time another corner was expertly delivered by the Purps left back and met by a bullet header from DJ into the side netting.
At the other end, 1874 continued to look dangerous on the counter attack and should have opened the scoring with the clearest opportunity of the match yet.
The unmarked Ashley Woods was presented with a free header in the Purps box, but somehow contrived to head high and wide.
It was a golden opportunity for ’74, which looked for all the world that the forward was about to take.
The visitors did take the lead not long after, however.
A corner from the right found Joe Woolley on the edge of the area who fired an effort which agonisingly took a double deflection before nestling in Theo Roberts net. A sucker punch!
The Purps rallied and almost responded in the perfect fashion as Theo Roberts released Gibson on the counter-attack.
The winger carried the ball into the ’74 half before neatly playing Salkeld in behind, who fired a firm finish which was clawed out by an excellent save from Tony Aghayere.
As the half concluded, Adam Hughes had to be at his best to make a brilliant low block after Kennerley majestically danced past a couple of challenges and found himself inside the box.
At the other end, on the stroke of half time a brilliant deep cross from debutant Anton Smith found Djavan Pedro in acres of space, but the forward headed over with the goal at his mercy.
HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 0-1 1874 Northwich
At the interval Michael Ellison withdrew Pedro for the fit again Freddie Potter, as the Purps looked to turn the game around.
The substitution almost paid dividends immediately as Potter received the ball on the edge of the area, taking it out of his feet and arrowing a ferocious left footed effort towards the top corner.
1874 goalkeeper Aghayere, so often the scurge of the Purps in the past, produced a ridiculously good save to somehow claw the ball out for a corner as the ground expected the net to bulge.
Potter continued to be the focal point and was denied again when the ball broke on the right-hand side of the area. The forward pulled the trigger in trademark style with plenty of the goal to aim at, but a brilliant block from Markel Foulds deflected the ball to safety.
The next opportunity saw Ryan Gibson feed Potter in a similar position, but the forward fired a cross shot across the face of goal and a yard or so wide.
With time running quickly out, the Purps were presented with one final opportunity deep into injury time, and it was their best chance yet.
Following a neat passing move from starting in their own half, the Purps drove forwards and a lovely ball from Hassall found Elliot Johnston 25 yards out. A bit of magic from the midfielder saw send his marker to the shop, before delicately picking out substitute James Murphy, who sliced agonisingly wide.
FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 0-1 1874 Northwich
Man of the Match: Nathan Burke. The skipper continuously drove forward and attempted to inject some creativity as we looked to find an equaliser.
City of Liverpool: Theo Roberts, Louis Corrigan (Zach Aley ’39), Anton Smith, Adam Hughes, Jack Hinnigan, Elliot Johnston, Nathan Burke, Ryan Gibson, Djavan Pedro (Freddie Potter ’45), George Hassall, James Salkeld (James Murphy ’63).
Subs not used: Ethan Devine, Xenon Bahula.
The Northern Premier League has a bright future after striking up a deal with Wiseman Lighting to become its official lighting partner.
Wiseman are the leaders in setting new standards in sport lighting and were the first installers of LED sports floodlighting in the UK.
They work with clubs at all levels to deliver projects from inception to completion, including supporting clubs with sustainable and innovative financial solutions.
NPL chairman, Mark Harris, said: “We’ve been looking for a lighting partner for some time. Every year, we do a survey with all of our clubs to find out from them what sort of partnerships would meet the demand and lighting came very high this year.
“We have been looking for the right type of company over the years and we think Wiseman’s is a perfect fit.
“It is beneficial to absolutely everybody. Our clubs benefit from superb service in terms of floodlight inspections, but more important the necessary guidance towards funding availability for LED systems and upgrades.
“From a league perspective, it is a great brand to be involved with and we look forward to growing it over many years.”
The deal was officially launched ahead of Atherton Collieries’ home game with Nantwich Town on Tuesday night, the first league game played under the new lights that Wiseman have installed at the Skuna Stadium.
A number of other NPL clubs have already also made enquiries with the new lighting partners.
Colls chairman, Paul Gregory, said: “Wiseman came recommended by the FA, we knew we needed new lighting and everything moved on quickly. They’ve been an absolutely brilliant company to deal with from start to finish.
“I can’t believe what a difference the new lights have made. Before them it was a bit like watching football through a stocking! I would recommend Wiseman to every club in the football pyramid, they have been a fantastic company to work with, innovative and thoroughly professional.”
Wiseman was established in 2013 by Harry Riste, who has more than 30 years experience in the industry.
They have installed LED floodlights across the football pyramid, as well as in other sports such as rugby, athletics, hockey and tennis.
On the partnership announcement, Harry Riste said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Northern Premier League who’s ambitions to help and support their member clubs are aligned with our own business aims. The exceptional quality of the LED product we offer alongside our high level of support will allow clubs in the NPL to transition to the latest floodlighting technology with ease.”
PURPS BEGIN SEASON AT HOME TO RAMSBOTTOM
City of Liverpool can reveal their fixtures for the upcoming 2021/2022 Northern Premier League – West season.
We begin our campaign on Saturday 14th August with a Home game against Ramsbottom United. That is followed three days later by our first away game of the season with a trip to Workington on Tuesday 17th August. Next is a midweek trip to Glossop North End then our first ever meeting with Newcastle Town and a Bank Holiday Bonanza against Bootle at Home.
The first five fixtures are as follows-
Sat 14th August- Ramsbottom (H)
Tues 17th August- Workington (A)
Tues 24th August- Glossop (H)
Sat 28th August- Newcastle Town (A)
Mon 30th August- Bootle (H)
On 27th December we have a Home fixture against Widnes and New Years Day we are away at Bootle.
We end the season with a Home fixture against Prescot Cables
The full list of games will be available on the fixtures section of our website and are subject to change so keep an eye on the clubs social media platforms.
Your PurpsMatchday team will have full coverage of all games and should you be unable to attend you can follow the action via @purpsmatchday on twitter.
This follows on from the club’s announcement of their FA Cup and FA Trophy opponents which is as follows
Sat 21st Aug- Home v Winner of Emley v Congleton Town
Sat 25th Sept- Home v Stockton Town
A reminder that the Shareholding/ Membership window is still open with memberships available from as little as £5 per month.
Not only does being a member of our community club help us to be competitive on the pitch but it also contributes toward the fantastic work that volunteers and members do all year round in their communities across the city.
City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the launch of the City of Liverpool FC cycling club.
Purps member James Yeoman approached the club with the idea back in March 2021 and will operate and manage the scheme on behalf of the club.
The rides are open to all and there are standard and adapted bicycles available to particpants who may not have there own or have a disability that may prevent them from participating.
Initially focussed on rides to our new home at Vauxhall Motors FC, there will also be away day rides as well as social events.
Before we get into the preview just a reminder that the membership renewal window is open with membership available from as little as £5 per month. Not only does being a member of our community club help us be competitive on the pitch but helps toward the fantastic work that volunteers and members do all year round in their communities across the city.
That is how long it has been since the Purps last played a game of football, a home fixture on Boxing Day 2020 against local rivals Marine. Whatever measurement of time you prefer to use to describe the lack of Purps in your life, I think we can all agree that Saturday can’t come soon enough.
With the raise in Covid infections over Christmas 2020, another national lockdown being implemented in January and no real end in sight this led to the season for 2020/2021 being curtailed. The second successive season to do so during this pandemic.
It has also left manager Michael Ellison in the curious position of being able to count on both hands the number of City of Liverpool games he has actually been able to manage! And still have a little pinky spare. Despite being the gaffer for 9 months he has only been able to actually manage 9 games, including a very impressive FA Trophy run beating higher ranked opposition in both Atherton Colls and Buxton away from home before an away loss at National League North side Darlington. But during that time he has not been idle and is working hard building our squad for the upcoming season with some players returning and plenty of new quality signings (which has certainly kept the media team busy, just as we like!).
Please be aware that there may be some Covid restrictions in place at the various grounds we are visiting so we ask that all Purps be respectful of that and to adhere to such guidelines to help make it easy as possible for the clubs hosting us. The club would also like to thank all fans for adhering to such guidelines last season and helping to ensure we could continue to host games in as safe an environment as possible.
Currently there are 6 pre-season games arranged as the much anticipated Isle of Man trip has beeen cancelled due to the extension of travel rstrictions. Every effort was made by the club and FC Isle of Man working with the Manx government to see if allowances could be made however it was not to be.
EUXTON VILLA (A)
Saturday 3rd July- 2pm KO
*PLEASE NOTE THE KO TIME IS NOW 2PM NOT 3PM AS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED*
We travel an hour up the motorway for our first ever visit to the Jim Fowler Memorial Ground (PR7 6HQ). Euxton Villa play in the West Lancashire League and currently have 40 teams playing at all age groups across boys and girls football. This phenomenal set up has produced ex-pros such as Andy Lonergan and David Unsworth and currently they have a former youth player as part of England’s Euro 2020 team in goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. Entry is £2, refreshments readily available and the weather is predicted to be 22°C so bring your Purple bucket hats!
CAMMELL LAIRD (A)
Tuesday 6th July-7.30pm KO
We travel to Kirklands (CH42 1PY) for a pre-season friendly against North West Counties First Division South side Cammell Laird. Although we haven’t faced them in a competitive fixture it is the second successive season we will face Lairds in pre-season and if last year is any indication of what to expect it will be another good test for the players against a tough side.
Saturday 10th July- 3pm KO
We travel to New Victoria Park (L40 0SW) to face North West Counties Premier Division side Burscough. We have played Burscough 5 times in competitive fixtures during our time in the NWCFL winning all 5 with the last meeting a 1-0 win thanks to a Karl Clair solo goal, which he picked the ball up on the half way line, beat a couple of defenders before placing past the keeper. Burscough is also the team of former Purps title lifting skipper Luke Denson. I’m sure all Purps will be looking forward to seeing Denno again.
VAUXHALL MOTORS (A)
Saturday 17th July- 3pm KO
Our hosts are newly promoted North West Counties Premier Division side and groundshare partners Vauxhall Motors. Although technically we are the “away” side for this fixture it will be the first time Purps fans can get a good look at our new home, Rivacre Park (CH66 1NJ), since our move from Vesty Road at the end of the null and void season. I’m sure all Purps fans will be eager to get down and see our new digs.
WARRINGTON TOWN (H)
Tuesday 20th July- 7.45pm KO
We host Northern Premier League side Warrington Town in our first Home fixture at Rivacre Park. We have faced Warrington before both in friendlies and in competitive fixtures including that Jack Hazlehurst brace in the 2-2 draw in the FA Cup. It’s always a great occasion whenever we face Warrington and will be another good test for Ello’s Purps. We hope to see as many Purps as possible attend for what I’m sure will be an entertaining encounter.
NORTHWICH VICTORIA (A)
Tuesday 27th July- 7.45pm KO
We travel to Wincham Park (CW9 6DA) to face North West Counties Premier Division side Northwich Victoria. Purps fans will be well versed with Vics from our time in the NWCFL having played them 5 times competitively and being really tough encounters with both sides playing open, attacking football. Managed by Steve Wilkes they also have a special place in Purps history as they held Bootle to a draw on Irlam Day when we clinched the League Title. They also have former Purps Treble winner and all round nice guy Joe Camozzi playing for them.
As always we shall keep you updated through the clubs social media platforms should there be any changes to fixtures and we look forward to seeing all Purps back at the match
City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of forward James Kirby from Leek Town.
The 25-year-old striker brings with him considerable experience from the Non-League pyramid, having represented Hyde United before moves to Salford City and Atherton Collieries.
Kirby moved to Salford City at the age of 17 from Conference side Hyde United, impressing Ammies supporters with his eye for goal, work ethic and energetic displays.
James has also represented Sandbach United on dual registration where he scored goals for fun, before later having a second spell at Atherton Collieries where he was a fan’s favourite.
He now joins Michael Ellison’s side from Leek Town, who the Purps will face next season in the PitchingIn NPL West division due to the recent re-structure.
Ellison explained, “James is someone I’ve tried to sign on a couple of occasions and unfortunately just missed out, so I’m glad to finally get him over the line.”
“He’s an old-fashioned centre forward, strong, good in the air with an eye for goal”
“I’m delighted to have him on board”
City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of Adam Hughes from Cymru Premier side The New Saints.
The 24-year-old defender came through the youth ranks at Tranmere Rovers, spending 10 years with the Prenton Park outfit up to the age of 16.
He then had spells at Cammell Laird, Marine, Warrington Town and also represented Vauxhall Motors who were at the time in the National League North.
In the summer of 2019 Hughes spent a period on trial with TNS, suitably impressing enough in a number of pre-season fixtures to earn a contract with the full-time club.
Adam picked up the August 2019 goal of the month award for TNS, for a fine right footed strike against Aberystwyth Town who he later went on to join on loan.
Hughes spent last season back at Marine on loan and featured in the Boxing Day fixture against Michael Ellison’s Purps.
Ellison is pleased to welcome Adam to the club, explaining, “Adam is a left sided defender, who brings with him NPL experience despite him only being 24.”
“He’s a big lad, he’s good in the air and really comfortable on the ball.”
“Again, it was an easy conversation on agreeing terms. I know he had a number of other options, so I’m glad he’s chose The Purps!”
COLFC in the Community enjoyed the experience of playing at Anfield on Thursday 27th May, as they participated in a friendly match with Liverpool Homeless FC.
Our Community arm took a team of twenty participants from the Football For Everyone refugee integration scheme and Social Footy session, both of which run weekly at the Purple Hub.
The fixture saw Liverpool Homeless win 5-3 in an end to end game, and COLFC’s goals were scored by Andrew Harnick (2) and Liam Catling.
COLFC in the Community volunteer Michael Meadows said, “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our participants, especially those who are Liverpool fans!”
“We’re grateful to LFC and COLFC for arranging the fixture and allowing us to play, it’s certainly something none of us will ever forget.”
“It was amazing in particular to share the experience with some of our refugee footballers who are a huge part of what we do. Seeing them running out at Anfield in their new home city was a brilliant moment for us all.”
“To think that we have played in front of The Kop when we originally started out with an informal kick about in Princes Park is frankly mind blowing, but it shows how far we have come as an organisation.”
“It was a fantastic experience for our Social Footy members too, who in the past few years have built a community of lads who’ve made friends through mutual love of football.”
“The kit we wore on the day was designed in collaboration with our refugee footballers and included the words ‘LoveFootballHateRacism’. As an inclusive club, we were proud to show our solidarity to fighting racism whilst fielding a diverse squad of comprising of various ages, abilities and backgrounds at one of the most iconic grounds in world football.”
City of Liverpool Squad: Chris Davies, Albashir Omar Altyup, Sam Pearson, Allen Weston, John Colfar, Khalid Hussein Hamid, Josh Skarratt, Wade Reid, Andrew Harnick, Tom Rogan, Dave McKnight, Adam May, Graham May, Sean Lindblad, Michael Meadows, Colin Gardner, Patrick Manning, Liam Catling, Tony Cassidy, Matthew Spencer, Mo.
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.
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.”