A.F.C. Liverpool

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AFC Liverpool
AFC Liverpool logo.png
Full name Affordable Football Club Liverpool
Nickname(s) The Little Reds.
Founded 2008
Ground Rossett Park, Crosby
Ground Capacity 3,185 (400 seated)[1]
Chairman Chris Stirrup
Manager Kevin Dally
League North West Counties League Premier Division
2015–16 North West Counties League Premier Division, 17th

A.F.C. Liverpool is a semi-professional football club based in Liverpool, England. The club were formed in 2008 by 1,000 supporters of Liverpool Football Club; a not-for-profit organisation, it is run on a one-member, one-vote system.[2] They are currently members of the North West Counties League Premier Division and play at Marine's Rossett Park.

History[edit]

After plans were announced in February 2008,[3] A.F.C Liverpool were established by Alun Parry in March 2008 for Liverpool fans who had been priced out of Premier League football,[2] adopting the same colours as Liverpool. The new club applied to enter Division Two of the North West Counties League for the 2008–09 season,[4] with their place in the now-renamed Division One confirmed in June.[5] They also agreed a groundshare with Prescot Cables to play at Valerie Park.[5] By mid-July the club had attracted around 1,000 members.[6]

The club played their first match on 16 July, a friendly against St Helens Town at Ashton Town's Edge Street. In front of a crowd of around 600, the game ended in a 1–1 draw, with Martin Crowder scoring A.F.C. Liverpool's first-ever goal.[7] The club's first league match on 9 August saw them beat Darwen 5–0.[8] Their first season saw the club win the Division One Trophy with a 1–0 win over Padiham, whilst they finished fourth in the league, missing out on promotion by four points.[9]

In 2009–10 the club finished fifth in Division One.[10] They also played in the FA Vase for the first time, losing 2–1 at home to Dinnington Town in the second qualifying round.[10] However, they retained the Division One Trophy.[11] In 2010–11 the club entered the FA Cup for the first time, losing 4–1 at Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the extra-preliminary round. In the league they finished fourth, earning promotion to the Premier Division after Rossendale United were expelled from the league and third-placed Holker Old Boys declined promotion.[12] However, they failed to retain the Division One Trophy, losing 3–2 after extra time in the final by Atherton Collieries.[13]

In 2012–13 they reached the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup, losing 4–3 on penalties to Bootle after a 1–1 draw.[14] Prior to the 2014–15 season the club announced that they would be leaving Valerie Park and playing at Rossett Park in Crosby.[15] They reached the Liverpool Senior Cup final again in 2014–15, losing 5–4 to Skelmersdale United.[16]

Season-by-season[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • North West Counties League
    • Division One Challenge Trophy winners 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Joe Fagan Commemorative Trophy
    • Winners 2008–09, 2009–10
  • The Fans Club Trophy
    • Winners 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11

Records[edit]

  • Best FA Cup performance: Preliminary round, 2012–13, 2013–14
  • Best FA Vase performance: Third round, 2010–11
  • Record attendance: 604 vs Wigan Robin Park, 6 September 2008 (at Valerie Park)[1]
  • Biggest win: 9–0 vs St Helens Town, 13 September 2014[23]
  • Heaviest defeat: 1–8 vs Winsford United, North West Counties League Premier Division 18 August 2012
  • Highest league position: 7th in the North West Counties League Premier Division, 2013–14
  • Lowest league position: 5th in North West Counties League Division One, 2009–10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p453 ISBN 978-1869833695
  2. ^ a b Liverpool fans form a club in their price range The Daily Telegraph, 18 March 2008
  3. ^ Reds fans plan AFC Liverpool Liverpool Echo, 25 February 2008
  4. ^ Reds fans form 'affordable' club BBC Sport, 18 March 2008
  5. ^ a b Parry’s delight as new club is elected to league Liverpool Echo, 17 June 2008
  6. ^ Liverpool's little brother prepares to enter the world The Guardian, 16 July 2008
  7. ^ AFC Liverpool - A club is born Liverpool Echo, 17 July 2008
  8. ^ AFC Liverpool off to flying start BBC Sport, 28 August 2008
  9. ^ 2008-09 North West Counties League Football Club History Database
  10. ^ a b AFC Liverpool at the Football Club History Database
  11. ^ AFC Liverpool Retain The first Division Trophy North West Counties League, 27 April 2010
  12. ^ League Constitution 2011–12 – AFC Liverpool promoted North West Counties League,
  13. ^ Atherton Collieries – 1st Division Trophy Winners North West Counties League, 26 October 2014
  14. ^ Liverpool Senior Cup joy for Bootle Liverpool Echo, 23 August 2013
  15. ^ AFC Liverpool Moving to Marine Next Season A.F.C. Liverpool, 25 January 2014
  16. ^ Liverpool Senior Cup Final - Skelmersdale U 5 AFC Liverpool 4 North West Counties League, 20 April 2015
  17. ^ AFC Liverpool Announce First Ever Manager AFC Liverpool, 15 May 2008
  18. ^ Manager Derek Goulding Leaves AFC Liverpool AFC Liverpool, 8 April 2010
  19. ^ Paul Moore Accepts the Role as First Team Manager AFC Liverpool, 13 May 2010
  20. ^ Moore Becomes Director of Football AFC Liverpool, 25 September 2015
  21. ^ Gibbons Appointed Manager AFC Liverpool, 26 September 2015
  22. ^ Kevin Dally Appointed Manager AFC Liverpool 8 February 2016
  23. ^ St. Helens Town 0-9 (nine) AFC Liverpool A.F.C. Liverpool, 13 September 2014

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