AFC Liverpool Moving to Marine Next Season

Marine SigningAFC Liverpool has signed an agreement to move to the Arriva Stadium, home of Marine AFC, for the start of the 2014/15 season.

The partnership will see the North West Counties Premier League team, AFC Liverpool, play their home matches at the Evo Stik Northern Premier League’s Marine AFC ground for at least two seasons. The new partnership will be marked with a pre-season friendly match between the two clubs before the start of the 2014/15 season.

AFC Liverpool were formed in 2008 in recognition that many Liverpool FC fans were increasingly being excluded from accessing live football; started by football fans, it is for football fans, and on this ethos is a member owned, not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. Its core aim is to provide affordable, accessible football to all, and the club provides football for more than 200 men, women and children (ages 7-21), in one of its teams across Merseyside and also is a leading campaigner of ‘Footy for a Fiver’.

Having previously played home fixtures at Valerie Park, owned by Prescot Cables, the move is seen as a significant step forward for all at the AFC Liverpool as they continue to establish themselves in the footballing landscape within Merseyside.

AFC Chairman, Chris Stirrup said about the deal:
‘The partnership we are about to embark on is a very exciting prospect for both clubs. I know everyone at AFC Liverpool is looking forward to our new venture, with very high hopes for a mutually successful time here. We have learnt a lot while at Prescot Cables and I would like to thank them for all their help since the club’s inception in 2008. However, this is a new phase for us as we look to develop AFC Liverpool and we know the move will be of great benefit not only to ourselves but also Marine and the wider community.’

Paul Leary, Chairman of Marine FC, commented
‘This is an exciting partnership that we have entered into with AFC Liverpool and I am pleased that they have agreed to choose the Arriva Stadium as their home for the next two seasons. I look forward to working with the officials of AFC Liverpool from now on and I have no doubt that both club’s will benefit from the agreement to ground share at Marine. The partnership kicks off with a preseason friendly this coming summer in which proceeds from the game will be shared.’

The terms of the agreement will not be disclosed by either club.

The picture above shows Chairman of Marine AFC, Paul Leary (front left) and AFC Liverpool Chairman Chris Stirrup (front right) signing the ground share agreement, with Richard Cross, Marine Secretary (back left), and Alan Harrison, AFC Society Board member for Media (top right).

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The AFC Liverpool bench at the recent Senior Cup tie versus Marine AFC at the Arriva Stadium

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On pitch action: Marine AFC v AFC Liverpool at the recent Senior Cup tie at the Arriva Stadium

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On pitch action: Marine AFC v AFC Liverpool at the recent Senior Cup tie at the Arriva Stadium, with AFC Liverpool bench in the background.

Action photos courtesy of Dave Williams.


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