A supporter-owned football club that has taken the lower rungs of the non-league pyramid by storm has moved a step closer to securing a home, report The Liverpool Echo.

City of Liverpool FC has attracted bumper crowds and national-acclaim in its first season-and-a-half – even clinching two cups and promotion in its inaugural season. The club has now been granted the chance to draw up plans for a stadium on a former playing fields site in Fazakerley.

Although overseen by Liverpool Council the plot is in Knowsley so lies just outside the city limits. But club bosses hope fans will understand the deal represents a huge opportunity for the fledgeling club and comes after protracted efforts to find other sites.

Backed by 1,200 member-shareholders, hundreds of fans typically turn out for COLFC’s home games. Until now, those matches have been played at Bootle FC’s TDP Solicitors Stadium.

Yet today, club officials announced the battle to find a home of their own had taken a huge step forward. A spokesman said: “City of Liverpool FC is delighted to announce that we have entered into a period of exclusivity with Liverpool City Council in respect of a potential site for our community stadium.

“This follows an exhaustive near three-year process, the start of which preceded the actual formation of the club by virtually a year. The club will now have a period of six months during which time we will develop a comprehensive business case, including funding and planning, in order to enable the council to grant us a long-term lease to the site.”

Read more: www.liverpoolecho.co.uk

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