City of Liverpool goalkeeper Stephen Longrigg is excited about the future of the club ahead of their playoff semi-final with Whitchurch Alport on Saturday.
The Purps finished 4th in the league table and victory on Saturday will put the newly formed club just 90 minutes or so away from promotion to the North West Counties Premier Division.
Longrigg said: “The NWCFL is an extremely difficult league. The manager and board will know the plan in terms of where they see the club going forward, I think we would all love to see the club progressing as quickly as possible.
“One automatic promotion spot in the NWCFL premier division makes it one of the most competitive league in non-league football ( if we go up).
“The club is in great hands, with the management, board and a large group of volunteers, making all the right noises.
“Including all the fundraising and charity work the club and fans are doing. It’s just great being a part of it.”
In a recent piece on Sky Sports, it was commented that the club would budget for having 150 fans, but they are averaging an excellent 463 fans per home league game this season.
— Johnny Phillips (@SkyJohnnyP) December 10, 2016
The club featured in the Ruesch First Division Cup Final on Monday at the Linnets Milbank Stadium, a crowd of 1,263 watched the club lift the cup in their first ever season as they beat Sandbach United 1-0.
It’s something that the former Vauxhall Motors keeper has never seen before.
He said: “I’ve never seen anything like it at this level.
“I think we have already exceeded most fans expectation this year, and have no doubt they can’t wait for the days out.
“I remember listening to a radio station early in the season last year that predicted the gates would drop by December. But the gates are only getting bigger.
“I work with a city of Liverpool fan, my Mrs. works with a city of Liverpool fan.
“Fans will acknowledge you walking through the city centre.
“Fans have been pictures going to Anfield in City of Liverpool purple colours.
“We had 30 fans turn up to a reserve game a few weeks ago when the first team had no game.
“The fans are really excited about the direction the club is heading in.”