Purps Keeper Loving Life As Club Enjoy Debut Season In NWCFL

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City of Liverpool FC are enjoying their debut season in Non-league football and their number one goalkeeper Stephen Longrigg is loving life too with the Purps.

COLFC were founded in 2015 before being accepted into the North West Counties Football League for the 2016/17 season.

The former AFC Liverpool goalkeeper believes that the club is really coming together.

He said: “Our manager Simon Burton set out the expectations at the start of the season. We understood our goal and have worked together as a squad to get this far.

“Everyone involved has played their part. No one more so  than the fan base, taking 200+ fans to midweek away games and getting 400+ to home games can really make the difference.

“We have a great team bond and are all working for each other the management staff, volunteers and fans to help them enjoy every game.”

Burton was appointed to the position of first team manager for the club following a successful spell with Runcorn Town where he guided the club into the NWCFL.

Longrigg believes that appointing Burton was a great place for the club to begin.

He said: “Simon’s experience and connections have given the club a great starting point, he has a great management team behind him in Phil (MacDiarmid) and Tom (Spearitt).

“He likes us to play football and encourages us to trust each other with the ball and have confidence in our own ability.

“His main targets are to keep clean sheets and win the next game.”

The Merseyside outfit is sitting 3rd in the table, just two points behind current league leaders Charnock Richard FC.

Being in the top three they have given themselves a real good chance of promotion to the Premier Division. But the shot-stopper isn’t looking that far ahead.

He said: “We are using the age-old technique of all we are concerned about is the next game.

“We understand mathematically we cannot win the league if teams around us win all their games.

“But as long as we win all our games we are guaranteed automatic promotion. If other teams around us lose points then we will win the league as long as we do our job.

“It’s going to be a really tough run in for all teams in the top 5/6. But we are just focusing on the next game.”

On Friday they make the trip across the North West city to face St. Helens. The game is being played at Prescot Cables ground and the club are hoping that it can really be a Good Friday.

Despite the hosts sitting in mid-table Longrigg isn’t taking the game lightly.

He said: “You can never be too confident in this league.

“St. Helens had a great result earlier in the week. Anything can happen at this point in the season.

“The Saints will not let us come to Prescot and give us three points. They will want to beat us and  to stop us gaining promotion.

“With the attention the club has had this year we know we are the team everybody wants to beat.

“We will respect St. Helens, but go out and do what we can for 3 points.”

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Freelance Journalist based in the North of England. Having supported Chorley FC for the majority of his life, Richard moved down to Stoke-on-Trent to study Journalism at Staffordshire University in 2011, he graduated with a 2:1 three years later. He has since worked as Press Officer of Nantwich Town between 2014-2016 and led the coverage of the Dabbers run to the FA Trophy semi-final in 2016. Richard also wrote and published his first book in May 2016 about Nantwich Town and their greatest moment when the club won the FA Vase in 2006. The book is entitled When Nantwich Turned The Vase Green. Richard can often be found at games on a Saturday covering matches for a verity of newspapers across England.

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