The two supporter-owned clubs will contest the shield ahead of both clubs potentially featuring in a season-long “Fly on the Wall” TV documentary that is being created by Kentucky based filmmaker 180 Degrees, which is in the process of being Green Lit.
Merthyr Town Vice Chairman Jonathon Davies said, “This is a very prestigious fixture and we look forward to welcoming the City of Liverpool FC to the South Wales Valleys to compete for the Supporters Direct Shield.
The board at Merthyr Town Football Club would like to thank the City of Liverpool FC chairman Paul Manning, James Mathie of Supporters Direct and Merthyr Town owner Mark Evans for their efforts to ensure this fixture could take place.
Both clubs represent the true values of supporter ownership and it will be good to meet up and share our experiences together and discuss our progressive plans forward both on and off the pitch.”
Purps Chairman Paul Manning said “It will be great to travel to Merthyr to meet up with another community-owned football club, play the match, have a bevvy and a laugh together and contest the prestigious Supporters Direct Shield.
The Partisans love a good coach trip and hopefully we’ll take a good crowd down to South Wales to enjoy the weekend. Merthyr play at a much higher level than us, so this will be a good pre-season test for us.”
Supporters Direct’ James Mathie said “Each year we invite two supporter-owned clubs to come together to contest the SD Shield, and this year we are really pleased that Merthyr will be hosting City of Liverpool. Although competition on the pitch will be fierce, it’s great to see how these two clubs work together off it, with a similar set of values as the 50+ supporter-owned clubs in the SD network.”
Mike Fitzer of 180 Degrees said “As a geographically distant yet avid supporter of non-league football it is an absolute thrill to have had some small part in bringing these two supporters owned clubs together on one pitch.
Both teams play at a high caliber and the dedication shown by fans for each is inspiring. I hope to bring a story of both clubs to the screen, so the world can see what it means to be part of a great football family.”