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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