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Fan Focus: From Yinzer to Indy Red. Spanish Invasion.

Welcome back Indy Reds to another edition of the crowd pleasing Fan Focus.

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Name: David K Hall aka “Deak”

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
A slow combination of factors. My first exposure to the team was back home in Pittsburgh. A local sports talk guy was a huge LFC fan, sometimes watching matches while on air and even ending his daily show with a sound bite of the Anfield crowd belting out YNWA. At that point in the early 2000’s I was a big sports fan, but did not really have any soccer team to support. As I grew to love watching US Soccer, I realized I needed to follow the sport more closely. After the 2010 World Cup and by that point moving to Indy, I had made friends with people who played soccer and we’re into Manchester United. Something about that Bandwagon didn’t quite fit, and I met another friend who was a Liverpool fan. So I basically just decided… I will follow Liverpool and I have never looked back!

First LFC memory?
First memories were of slowly watching when I could. I am an Air traffic Controller and I normally work weekends and until NBCSN took over I could rarely see a live game. But I was always keeping an eye online for scores, and watching for that Red Liverpool block in the table at Union Jack’s every time I went in there. First real jumping up and down “that’s my team” moment; The Suarez bite game, not for that though. But for finding a way to level it up in the 96th min against Chelsea. I was at work in the break room trying to convince my coworkers how exciting of a team they were, and on that day they were.

Favorite LFC memory?
I would have to say seeing them live this summer in Chicago and New York. Meeting Fans from all over the world, singing the songs on the Subway, and witnessing two big wins! And how could I forget… Singing YNWA for the first time with the Chicago Kop.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
Whether I have to work or if I can go to U J’s, I try to leave the game on for my dog Dozer. He is also quite the fan, at least that’s what I tell myself. It was really working well last season. Although, if this current trend continues, I’ll have to start leaving him with Cartoon network instead.
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Where were you during Istanbul?
The game certainly wasn’t on my Radar back then, I do remember being on a trip to Europe in ’05 and seeing Amsterdam Arena. I said to myself “someday I will go to a soccer game in Europe!” Now I know what stadium I will go to and I can’t wait to make that trip. I have watched highlights and replays, what a game that was.

 Favorite Current Player and Why?
Gotta go with Gerrard. Obviously for everything he means to LFC and being the heart of the team. Also watching him warm up in Chicago was amazing, they all had great power. But, there was just something else when Stevie kicked it. I hope I can make it to Anfield before he is done.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?  So many characters to learn about with this club. Historically I would say Shankly. I know you said one, but I would also love to hang out for night with Balotelli and hear what that dude is thinking. Dinner with Shankly then go Party with Super Mario.

Favorite LFC kit ever?
I’ll go with the Adidas Carlsberg second version without the single white lines on the front.

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
Besides enjoy being rich…Get everyone in a room together and make sure everyone is committed to getting it back together this year, I’m sure they’re trying, but tough to watch sometimes this year. Tell them I Believe they can win the League, so let’s go do it!

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
Of course everything the good people of LFC Indy put out there. Also various twitter feeds. Websites, Cable TV, & membership emails.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area? Hang out with the rest of the Reds at Union Jack’s. Then migrate to my usual spots to keep it going into the night , Sinking Ship, 20 Tap, Alleycat, my porch.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Jordan Ibe, he looks like he could be a beast!

Favorite LFC Goal?
The one I saw live by Sturridge right in front of me at Soldier field, that moment was amazing. So many others to pick from, but I’ll never forget the first live goal.
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Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
Yep, twice this summer in Chicago and NYC, But I’m on a mission to go to Anfield!

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
Ice Hockey, cycling, starting to dabble with golf, and trying to stay active in general. I have been playing drums for 20 years. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh for 27 years, I follow all my teams back home.

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Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
As far as local goes, I like to change it up and try different things. I’m looking forward to the pumpkin beers coming out. All time regional favorite is Three Floyds Zombie Dust!

 What makes you most proud to support LFC?
It is truly a worldwide fan base. I learned that more than ever this summer traveling to the preseason games. There are more of us then you think out there too. More often than not, when wearing some LFC gear you will get recognized. Growing up and being a Steeler fan (sorry, I know most of you won’t like that.) I was amazed that you can go to any city and find a Steeler bar. But, with Liverpool it’s even bigger! People treat you almost like a family member and the support and passion for the club is always impressive.

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
Meeting new LFC fans and having a place to go in Union Jack’s where you know the sound will be on for the game. I don’t remember ever being the only red there even for Midweek games. Because of my schedule, I can rarely make weekend games. It is always a great time when I have been able to get there. I can’t wait to see this thing grow and become part of an official supporters club! And I will definitely say, I appreciate what Nile and everyone else are doing with LFC Indy. Keep it up! I’ll see you out there. YNWA

Thanks Deak!

LFC News:

HOLY COW!! How about that match on Sunday v QPR! Crazy last 6 minutes of the match. Joy and heartbreak and joy rollercoaster ride.

If you were at Union Jack on Sunday the reactions were great. Who else had some great reactions that were very similar. Redmen TV. Video is NSFW because of language. But it is a very real representation of how a lot of fans reacted. Pretty hilarious to see. Redmen TV always have some quality videos.

 

As you may have heard, we have a lot of games in a short amount of time. One of those matches will be tomorrow Wednesday at 2:45pm and it is two European Heavyweights. LFC v Real Madrid at Anfield in the 1st leg of their champions league group match. This is why you want European nights. Big match ups like this. It will be a hard and challenging match but you know how that Anfield crowd can be. It can push our players to play better than they should and it can make the other team play worse than they should. LFC and Real have met 4 times. LFC have never lost to the Los Blancos. Let’s keep that trend going. It is nights like this that legends and heroes and stories are born. One good news for the Reds is the dangerous Gareth Bale has been ruled out for the match.
If you are able to take a late lunch or have an appointment etc get out to Union Jack Pub for the match 2:45pm kick off. After that we’ll see you on Saturday 10/25 at 10am for kickoff v Hull and continue the climb up the table.

YNWA
-Nile-

 

 

 

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Fan Focus Kids Edition. International Break

Welcome back Indy Reds, we have got a little different and special Fan Focus today. We will be featuring one of our younger Indy Reds Grant age 8. I asked Grant’s Dad Tom if he wanted to do the Fan Focus and he had the great suggestion to feature his LFC loving son Grant instead of himself. We had Tom who if you follow us on twitter I’m sure you’ve seen some pictures of a cute little kid with LFC gear on going to school, interview his son. One of their pictures actually got on the show LFC World on LFC TV. This Fan Focus will let us get a view from a younger generations perspective. For most of us we had long stretches where you might not be able to see LFC play because they weren’t on TV or you had to dig through the internet to find info and updates. In Grant’s case he has grown up in this instant information age and has always had access to the team on TV and online pretty easily. It is great to see the knowledge the kid has acquired so early and to see the Love and Passion he has for the club at a young age. Take it away guys…

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Names: Tom and Grant Paskus (@tspaskus)

Tom: I don’t think my Liverpool history is very interesting relative to the other Indy Reds profiled so far. I didn’t play any soccer growing up. Once I gave up on my hoop dreams, I ended up running cross country and track at Dartmouth College. I watched my first soccer game at Dartmouth, where some guy named Andrew Shue (Melrose Place anyone?) led our team to an Ivy League championship. The soccer bug fully took hold when I arrived at the University of Virginia for graduate school in 1990 (UVA won four straight NCAA titles during my time there) and I decided to give rec-league soccer a try. My teammates included Mia Hamm’s sister, while our arch-rivals included a woman who would end up becoming my wife. That meet-cute story involves my now-wife’s friend kicking a prone goalkeeper (me) in a “non-preferred” location. Anyway, we now have two kids, and our boy (Grant, age 8) has graduated from having his dad coach him the game to playing club soccer for FC Pride. He is a Liverpool fanatic. His life (and wardrobe and bedroom) revolves around the club and he’s pulled the whole family into Liverpool fandom. Here’s how Grant responded when I interviewed him about LFC (my commentary in parentheses):

What do you like to do in your free time when you’re not at school?
When I’m not at school I really just like to play soccer a lot and kick the ball around (yes, he’s destroying our house). I play with LEGOs sometimes and play FIFA on my Kindle.

Do you follow other sports?
I follow football and basketball a little.

You read a lot of books too. Have you read any Liverpool books?
I have a few. Mom and I just read Steven Gerrard’s autobiography together on the Kindle. I also have the Pocket Book of Liverpool, 120 Men Who Made LFC, and Liverpool the Comic Strip History (all sit by his bed).
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Who’s your favorite player on the current Liverpool team?
I really like how Lallana and Moreno are performing this season. Steven Gerrard even though he’s getting a little old maybe. (He was a big Suárez fan and has taken the loss hard.)

Who do you like among the young or on-loan players?
I’d like to see what Jordon Ibe can do when he comes back. (Affinity first developed for Ibe because Grant wears #33 for his club team.)

Besides Liverpool, what other teams do you like to follow?
I like Derby and Real Madrid some. I like Atletico Madrid a little bit even though they’re rivals of Real Madrid. And I like PSG some too. (I’m reading my edited rendition of ‘I am Zlatan’ to him at bedtime. Nightmares are now common for both of us.)

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? It would probably be Brendan Rodgers. I would just like to see what he thinks on how the season’s going and how they’re going to get better. And just like what he’s working on with them.

How about any others from the past teams you’d like to meet?
I’d like to meet Kenny Dalglish or Luis Suárez. Oh yeah, I really like how Dirk Kuyt played for us.
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How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
One day you were showing me a website where you could pick your favorite team and I read the description for Liverpool. It said if you like Bill Russell more than Michael Jordan, because he won more titles, than you probably like Liverpool. So, yeah.

You watch a lot of soccer and old videos and LFC TV – do you have a favorite Liverpool moment or goal? Well, I have one moment and one goal. My favorite moment was from last year when Coutinho scored in the game against City where they won 3-2. I just felt like we could conquer the league. And the goal was when they played Norwich at Anfield where Suárez got four goals. That one (the third goal) where he just popped it over the defender’s head, leaned his weight to one side and shot the ball the other way.

 You weren’t born yet when Istanbul happened. But you have checked out the Liverpool “Champions of Europe 2005” DVD from the Lawrence public library about a hundred times, right? It’s been in your possession more than the library’s over the past year? If somebody from the LFC Indy club wanted to watch it they’d have to come find you, right? So what was your favorite moment of the Istanbul final? I just thought it was really cool. It would have been nice if I was there when it happened. It just seemed exciting and it would have been great if you were there at the stadium. I liked the celebration by Xabi Alonso and his teammates when he got the rebound and scored off the penalty kick.

When you watch a Liverpool match do you have any superstitions?
Well, I like to wear my Liverpool shirt with you but it doesn’t always work.

No, it doesn’t always work. What do you do if Liverpool loses a match?
Run upstairs, put the blankets over my head and cry for a little while. (Boy laughs at saying that, but very true on match day. Reason he’s hesitant about us going to UJ for matches.)

You’ve learned all about the Liverpool kits—what’s your favorite?
The one I really like is the 1993-1995 home kit. The shirt had some darker red lines on it and the white stripes on the shirt and the shorts. (He’s also mentioned the old green kits previously. Like all young kids today, he likes crazy color schemes and neon anything. He actually thought last year’s away kits were cool.)

You are in charge of Liverpool for 1 day… what do you do?
I’d probably try to sharpen up the team a little bit with some new signings—maybe another center back, a striker and a goalkeeper. I’d like to get Jordon Ibe back. And work with the team on their attacking and creative play, and making good passes and touches.

Anybody you’d let go?
I don’t want to say. Maybe Glen Johnson. (He probably heard that one from his dad.)

Have you ever seen Liverpool play in person?
Yeah, I went to Soldier Field in Chicago to see the Olympiakos game. I thought it was really interesting just being around all the fans. It was fun. It would be fun to go to Anfield someday. I’d also like to go to the Stadium of Light (Sunderland).
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If Liverpool won the league, where would you go for a celebratory dinner?
I’d would probably go to Buffalo Wild Wings so I could eat lots of wings and watch the highlights again and again and again.

What makes you most proud to be a Liverpool fan?
Just what the atmosphere is at Anfield and stuff. And just how our supporters are good and how Rodgers is usually good.

Any other team that would consider you a big supporter?
Yeah, we support Indy Eleven (he’s been to most of the games and likes sitting with the Brickyard Battalion). I really like their goalkeeper, Kristian Nicht. And probably A.J. Corrado and Dylan Mares because they’re two of my coaches (at the FC Pride club).

 

Thanks Guys! Look forward to seeing you guys come out to Union Jack for a match, Don’t worry Grant we will pull out those 3 points for you!

LFC News

As you’ve probably seen this morning Dejan Lovren was injured on International Duty. Not the best way to start off the break. That leaves us with Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure as the top CB choices since Sakho is still out till the start of October and Wisdom & Ilori are out on loan.

Here is something though that isn’t as bad. Your Vice Captain Jordan Henderson with a nice little strike during England training

Congrats to Striker Daniel Sturridge on hitting 1 million followers on Instagram. If you don’t have IG it is something to get to follow players like Sturridge, Gerrard and probably one of the best “instagramers” Mario Balotelli. Here is an example of why you should follow Super Mario.

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International breaks are never fun, with always the worry of injury happening, but on this international break you do have the chance to get that soccer fix with two really nice matches.
First is on Friday night you get to see Landon Donovan in his farewell USMNT match.
Landon is one of if not the most famous and best USA players in national team history.  Here is a mockup of all of the USA shirts he has ever worn.
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Then on Saturday it is the 2nd to last home match for your hometown Indy Eleven. Hopefully they can pull of back to back home wins this week and next week. Hope the folks who won the Suite tickets to the match last time out had a good time.

Next Sunday Oct. 19th will be the first Battle of Union Jack’s. As you know the Indy Reds call UJ’s home but also the QPR supporters club also calls it home. SO make sure to get out there to fill up Union Jack’s next week and drown out those Hoops supporters. Show them why it is called Indy Anfield.

Have a good rest of the week Indy Reds. A new Fan Focus and a new Red Tardis will be up next week.

YNWA

-Nile-

 

 

 

Fan Focus. Reds invade Switzerland

Welcome back Indy Reds after “didn’t go as planned” Derby Weekend to another edition of the Indy Red Fan Focus.

Name: Joe Dilling @JMDilling

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? January 2002 I took a class in college that toured Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. One of my buddies on the trip was talking soccer and how he follows Man United. I played rec soccer while I was growing up and really enjoyed it. I didn’t make a travel team right before high school, so I decided not try out for the high school team. I did a little research in internet cafés and started reading everything I could about Liverpool. I think it was mostly because they were Man U’s rival and I wanted to stick it to my friend and their shirt sponsor was Carlsberg and we had been drinking mass quantities of Carlsberg on the trip.  Also, on that trip, we made a side stop in Liverpool (wasn’t planned). I got to walk the city center, saw the sights, bought the away shirt, and fell in love with the city. I really suggest a visit for anyone, not just LFC fans. The cathedrals are amazing. Since then, I’ve been hooked on Liverpool and US National Team.

First LFC memory? On that same trip we were staying in Notting Hill and my buddy and I watched LFC vs MUFC in a tiny pub near our hotel. It was packed with fans of both teams. LFC won that night at Old Trafford 1-0, courtesy of a Danny Murphy goal.

Favorite LFC memory? While I will always cherish Istanbul, to be different, I’ll choose January – April 26, 2014. It was so much fun.

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Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Not really, last season was the first time I was really able to watch games. I have two young boys, 3 and 3.5 months at home. The 3 year old will be up by 7:30 so I’ll take the boys and go downstairs so my wife can get some more sleep. The 3 year old will watch a kids movie, and I’ll stream the game on the iPad, drink some coffee and try not to get too worked up. I guess that’s a tradition. A weird superstition. I won’t buy player jerseys anymore as they either get hurt or transfer. I was over the moon when LFC signed Harry Kewell. I got a Kewell jersey and he rarely played due to injury.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was at work, following along on Sky Sports tracker. I got so pissed at halftime, I turned the browser off and finished work. It wasn’t until later that I found out about the dramatic comeback and victory. I think I had it DVRed, but not certain.

Favorite Current Player and Why? It’s really hard not to go with Stevie G, isn’t it? I remember how it was the end of the world when he was going to leave for Chelsea. But I’ve been a fan for most of his career, he stayed, and I’ll always be a fan.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? This is tough. Obviously being such a huge fan of Stevie he’d be close to top of the list. From the stories, Fowler and McMannaman would show you a good time and be a laugh. But I really think I’d choose Carragher. He would have stories upon stories and have a good laugh.

Favorite LFC kit ever?  The first “new” Adidas kits. Carlsberg was still the sponsor, they were simple (home kits). Plus, I was so happy that they got rid of Reebok because now we might finally be able to get more Liverpool stuff in Eurosport!

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? I would end the Warrior contract and get a deal with Nike or Adidas. I might even fire the people who picked the away kits last year. The rest of the day I’d go to training and watch from a distance, have lunch with the players.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? I use to go to Football365.com and Sky Sports.com. But lately I’ve been getting most of my information from Twitter and podcasts. I really like the Liverpool Echo LFC, @livEchoLFC and @MostarLFC has great vids. The podcasts I listen to are UFL Podcast (there you go Gabe), The Anfield Index, LFC DayTrippers, and The Anfield Wrap. I also listen to Men in Blazers, but not for news.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?I’d probably be running around the house screaming, my 3 year old would join in because it looks like fun. The baby is probably crying because he’s scared and my wife is livid because of all the aforementioned behaviors. Therefore, I’d probably be eating in the doghouse that night. On the other hand, I might make an exception and go celebrate at Union Jack’s with LFC Indy.

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Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Balotelli hands down. When Suarez left, we needed a striker and his name started swirling. I remembered how good he looked at Euro 2012 and thought he needed a chance. I love the fact that he can take some of the attention off of the new SAS, freeing them up.

Favorite LFC Goal? I can’t decide. Alonso chip from midfield was top for a long time. I also love it when Stevie would send in a screamer. But Suarez’s third against Norwich last year. It get’s over shadowed by the chip (which was a spectacular goal), but I still think it’s a better goal.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? No. I wanted to go to Chicago this last summer, but with a new baby, it wasn’t in the cards. I saw Scott Carson at a US England friendly in Chicago right after Istanbul. We had corner seats by the tunnel, I yelled his name and he seemed surprised.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  I’m a big fan of Notre Dame football, the Colts, and IU basketball. I’m also a member of The American Outlaws. I follow along on Twitter for the Indy Eleven games. We’ve talked about getting to a game, but not sure if it will work out this year. As far as hobbies, I love to travel and see different places. Also, I like to do stadium tours. My sister lives in Germany and once while visiting, we went to Allianz Arena in Munich. It’s a really neat place if you ever make it there.
Side Bar Story: My dad was performing a training class in Manchester. He was telling me his itinerary and it included a stadium tour of Old Trafford. I played along and did the whole, “I can’t believe you’re going to that dump”, etc.  But I also admitted it’d be a neat place to see (I did mention that I’m a fan of stadium tours). He talked the guys into going to Anfield instead, took a bunch of pictures and got me a few items. Not having the slightest clue about LFC, he didn’t know what he should have taken pictures of, but it’s the thought that counts.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? It would depend on if they had Bier Brewery on tap. I just did Brew Bus last week and both the Mild Brown and Dark Brown are great beers. If not, I’d go for Wee Mac. I know they aren’t Indy area, but 3 Floyds Gumballhead would pair nicely with a footy match. It’s a fantastic beer .

What makes you most proud to support LFC? YNWA. I get chills every time I hear it sung. The meaning of it is still true. Also, I love the fact that former players still talk of their love for Liverpool and the fans. I don’t think you get that when this generation of Chelsea or Man City players? Maybe Kompany, but I think he married a City fan, so he kind of has to.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? I like that I feel included even though I haven’t been able to make it to Union Jacks to watch with everyone. I’ll be there on Saturday for the first time, and I’m excited. Also, thanks to Nile for organizing LFC Indy. I remember looking for a local chapter a few years ago and not finding anything.

Thanks Joe!
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LFC are in Switzerland to take on FC Basel tonight in another Champions League group stage match. Starts at 2:30pm. Match will be live on Fox Sports 2.
LFC will look to bounce back after that last minute heartbreaking draw in the Derby v Everton and look to improve on their last time out in the Champions League when they had to go to extra time with Ludogrets. A big away win would help the Redmen to boost their confidence and hopefully springboard them a little in the Premier League campaign and group stage of the Champions League.
If you are able to get out of work or school early head over to Union Jack Pub for the match. Always a great way to spend the afternoon at Indy Anfield with a pint and a late lunch/early dinner.

9am match this Saturday v West Brom. Get those plans sorted to get out to UJ’s for some brunch and Poetry In Motion.

Now that it is October this is the month that LFC will be reviewing our Application to become an Official Supporters Club. Keep those Prayers, Good thoughts & Vibes coming.
It is also the time that I(Nile) will need to be slowing down some on the posting and updating with the Baby Boy coming next month. If you want or are willing to help out with the blog or Twitter or Facebook, email or message us so we can keep this ship sailing and continue to grow the support and awareness here in Indy Area.
We might be struggling a little this early part of the year but this is when a fans true love of the club is tested and you can help us keep growing here in the Circle City.

YNWA

-Nile-

 

 

 

Fan Focus. Father/Son Merseyside Derby

Hey there Indy Reds, you are in for a treat today. In honor of the Merseyside Derby tomorrow, we had to step up our Indy Red Fan Focus, and oh did we. Today we have a Double Interview, 2 Indy Reds Father(James) and Son(William). Enjoy it.

Name: James and William Sloane

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
J -For me it was my cousin Mike. Mike was who I looked up to and him being a Liverpool fan, I always wanted to be like Mike.

W – I think for me…

J – You had no choice! You were red from the day you were born

W – (Laughs) Yes I know! I don’t think I would have chosen another team anyway because I looked up to you like you did Mike, so when I came of age it was always going to be Liverpool. Hands down.

First LFC memory?
J – Wow…It would have to be ’77. We’d already won the league and won the European Cup…but lost the bloody FA Cup. Broke my heart. I cried for a week after that (laughs) But that 77 European Cup final. It was the start of something special

W -I think for me it Has to be the 2001 FA Cup final. I believe we were watching that on the internet and Auntie Sue called when Michael Owen scored and we were going nuts and it was just like…wow I could get used to this. Man that was awhile ago!

Favorite LFC memory?

J – Too many! Probably the 1979 Charity Shield match. Dad took me to the Old Wembley and it just took my breath away. 100,000 fans, me being 10 years old, and Liverpool vs Arsenal. We won 3-1.

W – Definitely too many. I think it has to be the 05 Cup Final hasn’t it? I mean it was my first big final on TV, I was off school that day. And the day itself was one of the best ever. Actually I think you took me out of school that day.

J – Ol’ Spaghetti legs!

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?

J – Laughs. Oh man.

W – The LFC Blanket has to be in the room. Banners in the window.

J – No superstitions. But definitely have to have the shirt on. Red for game day. For sure.

W – What, you mean that old raggedy 3/4 length sleeve shirt you wore for like 9 weeks straight!

J – It nearly won us the title! It’s got holes and tea stains on it…but that shirt is a charm.

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Where were you during Istanbul?

J – Unfortunately here in Indiana but watching it on our trusty cable TV! We were there in spirit

W – I’m pretty sure you picked me up early?

J- Mom wasn’t happy about that! But we weren’t missing a minute! I had to go to work, was already late but that last kick of the game Dudek saved but boy I was crying my eyes out on the way.

W- I definitely was. I didn’t really know how to celebrate. What a game what a night!

Favorite Current Player and Why?

J – Stevie G. For the player he is. His leadership and undying passion. Staying at Liverpool through the years. He is LFC.

W – I’d have agree. I grew up watching him. I emulated him as a player. Other players have come and gone that I’ve loved but Stevie has been my hero.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?

J – Damn these questions! Player – Dalglish. Manager – Bob Paisely. Dalglish was my hero. But to be able to sit down with old man Bob Paisley…I don’t even know if I’d ask him a question I’d probably be shocked and smiling. Paisley was the man during my childhood…lifting trophy after trophy.

W – I think it would have to be Gerrard/Benitez for me. Gerrard’s my hero. Benitez I have so many good memories as a fan with him. Smashing the Mancs 4-1, Real Madrid 4-0. Beating Chelski every damn time we came across them. Man…memories.

Favorite LFC kit ever?

J – Crown Paints w/ the pinstripes

W- Was that 88?

J – Yea I believe so.

W- I think I’d have to go with the 07-08 Away kit. White with the red trim. Class kit. Adidas gave us some stellar kits.

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?

J – (Laughs) Go to the bank?

W – (whispers) Sell Glen Johnson…

J – Oh my god…no SELL ASPAS.

W – (sighs) Man this is a tough question really. I think it would definitely have to the stadium issue. It’s been an issue for 20 years now. Either start the refurbishing process or build a new stadium .

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Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?

J – You haha. And LFC.com

W- Yea I like to think i’m “In the know”. But definitely their website and the Liverpool Echo website.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?

J – The Union Jack. Definitely going to the pub.

W – I like that idea…but I’m off to the airport because i’m off to Liverpool

J – (laughs)

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?

J – Moreno. Oh…my gosh. That kid is phenomenal. We have a prodigy on our hands. That goal against Spurs was just…I don’t know I’ve probably watched it 50 times.

W – Super Mario. I believe Brendan can change him for the better and harness the raw talent he has. And for 16mil that was a steal. Have to throw Raheem and Jordan Ibe in there as well, but I’ve been banging on about them the last three years. Other people finally starting to see my scouting talent 😉

Favorite LFC Goal?

J – Oh please…only one?! Nope…every goal we score. Dalglish…Rush…Barnes…Ronnie Whelan scored a wonder goal that has stuck with me. Souness scored a goal against Luton and I was in the Luton end…I yelled and then remembered I was in Luton!

W – Laughs

J – No wait…I got one…Definitely the Stevie G equalizer against West Ham. The third one. That was a thunder bolt that just came out of absolutey no where!

W- This is tough….but yea that Stevie G goal was wonderous. But if I had to pick it’d definitely be a Suarez special. Either the halfway punt or that volley against Norwich. Just phenomenal

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?

J – Quite a few times.

W – Unfortnuately not yet. But here soon that’s going to change.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?

J – Rugby Union. Love to watch Wales in the Six Nations.

W- Definitely Rugby

J – Nascar (laughs). Any motor sport really. Like Formula 1.

W – Darts!

J – Love Darts

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?

W – I don’t drink currently as I’m in season preparing for my second physique show, but when last season my go to was Scottish Wee Mac from Sun King. Pretty sure I downed a growler before 9 last season when we beat the Mancs. It was my birthday, and anytime we play them I need something to ease my mind haha.

J – I stick to Tennents. Can’t break from that.

What makes you most proud to support LFC?

J – Oh man…everything about Liverpool. The history.

W – The future

J – Words can’t express it.

W – No one else will understand until you immerse yourself in LFC. It’s unlike any of the other teams I support in other sports. I love the teams I do support in baseball and NFL, etc…but I don’t get the feeling I do like I do with LFC.

J – It’s a way of life.

Best thing about being  an Indy Red?

W – It’s growing into a good supporters club. Just proud to be a part of it and see that this club can reach all the way to Indy.

J – Being there last season for the derby and seeing the passion was great. It’s excellent being so far from home.

 

Thanks guys, pretty awesome right?!

As you know the Merseyside Derby is tomorrow morning 7:45am Kickoff. Doors at Indy Anfield Union Jack Pub will open up at 7:30. Make sure you get there, we will be giving away a couple pairs of tickets in the TCC Talk Suite for the Indy Eleven match that is happening later that night.
So if you needed another excuse to get out of bed early there it is. Head to UJ’s have a pint watch a great rivalry, get loud and wake up Broad Ripple.
Huge thanks to fine folks at TCC Talk for offering to give us tickets to giveaway. If any of you Indy Reds follow Nile on twitter/facebook/insta you have seen his pictures from when he sat in the suites, it is pretty awesome. Great View, free beer and snacks.

YNWA

-Nile-

Fan Focus. West Ham.

Welcome back Indy Reds (and Reds worldwide) we’ve got another great Indy Red Fan Focus for you. This week we’ll be featuring an Indy Red I’m sure you’ve seen out at Union Jack’s and also he has helped guest on our Twitter account (might be helping a lot more come this fall on Twitter)

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Name: Boback Lotfalian

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?  People always ask me for help picking a premier league team to support, and I always respond “You don’t choose a club, the club chooses you,” and I truly believe that.  I’ve always been a fan of the premier league in general as a league ever since Fox Sports Net used to have a two hour premier league review highlight show every Sunday night.  That then blossomed to Fox Sports World showing premier league games on the weekend.  I would tune in as often as I could for any game with no specific team in mind, but that changed, and then gradually over time I found myself urging on Liverpool.  That transitioned to being emotionally invested in the result, to not being able to miss a match by any means, and watching the season unfold via crappy internet streams since FSC only showed 1 or 2 games a weekend.

First LFC memory? Tuning in to Fox Sports Net on Sunday nights as a freshman or sophomore in high school to watch a Match of the Day-esque type highlight show and seeing the likes of Owen and a young Stevie G.

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Favorite LFC memory?  Singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at Anfield.  Also, a proper pregame for the match at “The Park”  pub across from the KOP, bouncing and singing my voice horse until the final whistle.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Last Christmas I got some LFC dress socks from my parents.  I’ve worn them for every match in 2014, and results have seemed to have gone swimmingly since, so I’ll stick with that for now.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was watching at my parents’ house during summer break from college.  I remember turning it off at halftime and moving to my room, and turned it on my little 18” TV next to my bed as I lay down right as the comeback started.  I squinted to watch the rest of the match, but I couldn’t move.

Favorite Current Player and Why? Steven Gerrard.  Heroes come and go, but legends stay.  I’ve always had a love affair with the star striker on teams.  Growing up my favorite player was the Brazilian Ronaldo, so I’ve had my absolute highs and lows as Fernando and Luis have both won and broke my heart.  It makes you appreciate the skipper more and more, and he never lets you down.  History proves that when he’s on the pitch, LFC can never truly be counted out of any contest.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? I think Jamie Carragher would be very entertaining to sit down with.  Him and Stevie together would probably be a dream dinner with all the banter back and forth.  I’ve developed an ear for scouse, so I’m confident I would be able to make out 99% of what they say.

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Favorite LFC kit ever? I like when they would keep the same home kit for two seasons, it was definitely lighter on the bank account.  It’s hard to pick one, but I’d rank 1a) ’06-08 home 1b) ’08-10 home 1c) ’12-13 home

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? Install safe standing in the KOP.  Obviously I’d have to change the premier league ruling, but that is when the KOP was in its absolute pomp, and I would like to see it return.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Twitter.  Generally the Mersey based journos like Tony Barret and James Pearce, and then local Liverpool season ticket holders whom I’ve weeded out to be reliable.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?Assuming I’ve caught my breath and gathered my bearings, I’d want to celebrate with fellow reds.  There’s no better place to do that than Union Jack here in Indy.

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Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? Can I cop out and say all of them? Lazar Markovic will be exciting to see blossom into a world beater, Super Mario will be a can’t miss watch every weekend, I’m interested to see Adam Lallana perform on a bigger stage in a system that suits him, Alberto Moreno will hopefully be the fullback we’ve been missing since Riise, and Emre Can learning how to boss the midfield.

Favorite LFC Goal? There’s so many. For nostalgic reasons in terms of giving me belief I’d say Benayoun winner against Fulham in ’09 and Coutinho winner against City last season.  Out of pure awe and amazement I’d say Gerrard’s volley against Middlesboro, Torres’ volley against Blackburn, and Suarez’s volley from 45 yds against Norwich.

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Have you ever seen LFC play in person? YES. I’m fortunate to say I’ve seen them play in person 3 times, twice at Anfield, and once this summer in Chicago.  I went to the game against City on Apr 11, 2011, sat in the Anfield road end as LFC triumphed 3-0.  Things of note from that contest: Andy Carroll scored his first 2 goals for LFC that day, Jon Flanagan made his debut, and Mario Balotelli came on for an injured Carlos Tevez in the first half, and was subsequently substituted in the 65th ish min.  My other game at Anfield was last October against Palace, where Suarez made his home return after suspension, scored while on the ground after slipping over.  Sturridge scored a beaut and a Stevie pen capped off the scoring for LFC as they won 3-1.  It’s obviously an experience that every LFC fan should have, and I plan to be back soon.  Next goals will be to try and go to a derby or champions league match, and/or sit in the KOP.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  I’m a massive IU basketball fan, and a big fan of the Pacers as well.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Sun King Osiris is my favorite local beer.  During the match I’ll generally switch things up.

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What makes you most proud to support LFC? Generally an LFC fan is knowledgeable about the sport and team’s history, passionate, and friendly, and those are the type of people you like to keep company with.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? Having some place to watch the matches, other than by myself on my couch, in the rain, snow, or shine, in Union Jack always being accommodating.

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LFC are back in action Saturday 12:30pm kickoff. Your Redmen will be looking to hopefully start a little quicker and open up the scoring a little faster than the last couple of matches.
On the injury front LFC’s depth is getting tested some. Sturridge is out until next week. Joe Allen could be out anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. Can is still out for about another month. Glen Johnson is out for another week. Young Flanno hurt his knee and will be out a few months now also.  One bit of good news is Martin Skrtel rejoined training this week.
Will be interesting to see how LFC lineup Saturday. 4-3-3/4-4-2 diamond? Who will get the start up front with Balotelli. Lots of suggestions have been thrown out there but just need to trust in BR that he will pick the best squad for the situation.

We’ve got another perfect kickoff time this week with a lunch time start. Make sure to get out to Indy Anfield Union Jack Pub for the match. Get some lunch, drink some tasty beer, watch some Poetry in Motion.

You might have seen but LFC emailed us this week to let us know that our paperwork to become an Official Supporters Club as been received by the team and they will be reviewing it next month in October. So that is another positive step in our goal of becoming Official. Giant Thank you to everyone who has helped us to grow so rapidly in such a short amount of time. To give you an idea of how fast we have grown and how large we have grown, The first ever LFC Indy tweet was sent out this week 1 year ago. We now have one of the highest twitter followings of any USA LFC supporters club and we doubled the minimum goal for LFC memberships for a Supporters club. Great job, give yourself a pat on the back and buy yourself a pint for helping to spread the word and love of this historic and massive team.

YNWA

-Nile-

Fan Focus-Lady In Red. Action Packed Saturday

Finally the International Break is over and we can get back into the Premier League season! To celebrate this action packed weekend here in our great city it’s another edition of our Indy Red Fan Focus. Up this week we have another of our female Indy Reds(yes the Liverpool love here in Indy is not just a boys club)

 

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Name: Ryutaro (Tomi) Makaneole
Twitter: @tominomigotchi

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? In Junior High, I had to write a paper on a Socialist. I asked my stepbrother if he had any ideas on who I could write my essay about. As a huge music lover he told me to check out Bill Shankly, “from the land of the Beatles!” So I did… I mean, you kind of can’t go wrong with the Beatles. For two weeks I learned everything I could about that man. Passed my essay and class and still could not stop reading about Shankly. I was without a doubt hooked on him. Which made me (A huge West Ham fan at the time) take an interest in the team that he had supported and loved. Took a step back from the Hammers and realized that Liverpool was for me. Proud Red ever since. They were more than just a team, they were a family and included it’s fans in this big family as well.

First LFC memory? Growing up a West Ham fan, I had watched a few LFC matches when they were against WHU. Before making the big switch, I always thought LFC had the greatest song. As I began to get more involved with LFC, the song started to have more meaning and to this day, You’ll Never Walk Alone still gives me chills. But I’ll never forget the first time it happened. As far as first LFC memory during a match… When Michael Owen scored his 100th goal with LFC vs WHU. I was 13 and blown away. I was happy for him as a key player but also happy for Liverpool as a whole.

Favorite LFC memory? Of course, ISTANBUL.!! But watching them return to Liverpool and the response from the fans was overwhelming. Imagine being there, with over 700k fellow Reds. Even from Indiana, you could feel the love and it was beautiful!! Hands down, my favorite LFC memory.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Always a pre-match FaceTime session or phone call with my footy partners in crime across the pond. My phone will be going off for hours before the match “You awake? WAKE UP! It’s match day!” Granted they are already drunk. We talk about how we think it will play out, what we are drinking, if we are going anywhere to watch it, etc. Other than that, You will never see me with my nails representing anything but LFC throughout the season. Such a girl answer, whatever. Lol.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was a junior in high school. No cool story about watching them win and getting tanked. More along the lines of last minute studying for finals, calling my stepbrother between classes, and wishing the day would go by fast.

Favorite Current Player and Why? Gerrard and Sturridge. Stevie G.! Because, well… He is literally a legend. His passion for the sport and club makes me proud to call myself a Red, and proud to call him my badass Scouse Captain. Studge.! He is just amazing. He and Suarez as a pair were fierce and unmatched. Now with Suarez being gone, I feel we will truly be able to see him rise and I am especially excited to watch him this season.! He never lets me down and always makes for a good match. Plus, his dance is tops. Lol.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? Bill Shankly. Bill Shankly. Bill Shankly. To be able to be in his presence and hear his story out of his mouth would be such an amazing moment. I’m not entirely sure what I would ask him, as I would be in awe at everything he had to say. Of course I would thank him for being such an influential figure in LFC history and give him praise on his life and all he had done. As far as the course of the conversation goes, totally go with the flow and just listen to him. See what advice he had to offer and just take in those few hours with him and truly listen to everything he had to say.

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Favorite LFC kit ever? I’m a huge fan of last seasons kit, it was just clean and sleek looking. The Liverbird on the chest and the gold looks really good on the red. The bright white on the collar and sleeves makes it stand out even more. I wouldn’t mind if they extended using the same design a bit.! My favorite kit ever, 2008 home kit. I love ADIDAS. So the ADIDAS logo on the middle as well as the triple stripes were great to look at. The full color Liverpool crest on the chest made it a definite win/win.! I would love for them to put the full crest back on the kits and would also love to see that ADIDAS logo again. Just sayin…

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? If I were Liverpool owner for 1 day, I would make it easier for fans outside of UK to make it to a home match. Possibly have a series of contests allowing a few winners from supporting countries the chance to win a home ticket including airfare and the opportunity to meet the players. It would end up being a bit costly, but I think that would be great for the loyal fans from other countries.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Before joining Twitter, I got the bulk of my LFC news from the LFC site, Friends in England, as well as a Liverpool News app. Having Twitter, it seems to come from all over the place now. Constant updates from fellow reds, official accounts of the players, LFC Indy is the reason I joined on twitter. Two thumbs up. 🙂

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area ?Get on Twitter and figure out where everyone was going, to meet up with my fellow Indy Reds! Celebrate properly, surrounded by awesome people who have the same passion for the same great club. Call off work if we got to, we just won the league. 🙂

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? I’m looking forward to watching Sterling, of course. He’s such a valuable member of the team and has a lot to offer. Also just fascinating to watch.

Favorite LFC Goal? Gerrard’s 90th min goal against WHU in the FA cup leading up to the win. Such a great match as a fan of both clubs.!

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? I’ve never been to an LFC match. I don’t think I will go to an LFC match anywhere until I see them at Anfield first. I’m a stubborn person and although I know they will be amazing anywhere, I am set on my first time being at Anfield. I just know that there would be no other way to experience it first hand than to be at home.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  Pretty busy with my two awesome kids, but I’m an avid collector of Star Wars memorabilia and pandas. I love reading and learning about different cultures. WWII History obsessed. I also enjoy helping out with charities when I can. Always a good feeling to pay it forward.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Favorite local beer would have to be Oaken Barrel’s Snakepit, Brewed in Greenwood. I love a good porter and it’s my favorite locally brewed. I am also a fan of their Indiana Amber, for those who enjoy Amber Ale.

What makes you most proud to support LFC? I am proud to be a Red because when you meet a fellow Red, you are automatically like family. Being able to have that in common with people is a great feeling. You just pick up like you’ve been friends for years. As a whole, we are a welcoming, friendly, diehard group of fans who share the same respect and love.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? Being able to build friendships with others nearby who share the same love for LFC as you.

Thanks Tomi, always fun to post these each week and learn about our Indy Reds.

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Your RedMen are back in action this weekend, Saturday 12:30 kickoff v Aston Villa. Should a pretty good match. The Villains have given us some trouble the last two times out at Anfield.
Here is Brendan Rodgers Pre-match press conference.

LFC have been hit with the injury bug of late. Out this week will be Sturridge(2-3 more weeks) Skrtel, Flanno, Can(up to 6 weeks) Johnson.

Good news…Lallana is fit to play and it looks like Hendo is a go too.
We also have a much deeper team and bench then we’ve had in previous years. Luckily we also have a little “softer” schedule over these next few weeks.
Will be good to see players like Lallana, Markovic, Lambert, Borini come into the squad and step up.

Get out to Union Jack Pub! Should be packed. If you’ve never been to Indy Anfield this is the perfect time to come out. Great kickoff time to go and get some lunch either before or after the match. Get some good food and beer in before you head down to the Indy Eleven match that evening.
Speaking of Indy Eleven looks like we are going to have quite a few Indy Reds there. Who is up for a tailgate meet up before the match? Yes we probably just got done seeing the majority of you at UJ’s but Come on out to the tailgate and say Hi to everyone and drink some good beer to get those vocal chords warmed up to cheer on your Indy XI.
Look forward to seeing Union Jacks packed on Saturday & meeting more of our Indy Reds.
YNWA
-Nile-

Fan Focus/International Break

Welcome back Indy Reds. Since LFC and the EPL are on International Break here is a new Indy Red Fan Focus to hold you over until the match next Saturday v Villa. Up this week is Zach, I’m sure you have seen him out at the Indy Eleven matches and on twitter.

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Name: Zach Shorter

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?  Played with them on old console gaming systems and stuck with them.  Truly found my love for the club when I studied abroad in London, England in 2006; right before they won the FA Cup.  Liverpudlians cannot be matched when it comes to passion and love for their club.

First LFC memory?  My first true memory came when I watched the FA Cup win in 2001 when Owen scored twice to help LFC in their comeback win.

Favorite LFC memory?  Easy, Instanbul.  However, to change it up a bit, Gerrard’s beautiful, curling, last-minute winner against Villa in 2007 really has stuck with me.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?  I used to eat an entire box of twinkies before each match (which I have a pretty good record with) but my health suffers greatly when I do, so I’m currently looking for another.  I always wear the same shirt as the players do for each match.

Where were you during Istanbul?  I was in a lounge at college watching with a small group of other friends.

Favorite Current Player and Why?  Gerrard is my football hero.  He is the definition of legend and leader.  His loyalty to the club and passion for the game is unmatched.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?  Without question, Steven Gerrard.  Everyone wants to meet their hero.

Favorite LFC kit ever? I would have to say the 2008/09 home kit.  Just had a clean look about it that screamed champion.  We were close that year!

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?  This is a tough question.  From a business stand point, the right people are in place to manage the club so I wouldn’t make any changes there.  This is a weird, off-the-wall “want” but hey if I can make it happen, awesome.   I would attach a building next to Anfield via a skybridge with luxury condos.  I always thought that would be really cool to fulfill the dream for those who want to “live” at Anfield.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?  Twitter, LFC website, and ESPN

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LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?  I’m going where the party’s at.  Indy Anfield, Union Jack Pub.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?  I’m really looking forward to seeing how Henderson and Sterling progress this year.  They both grew leaps and bounds last season and I can’t wait to see how it continues.

Favorite LFC Goal?  It’s between the Gerrard winner against Villa and Gerrard’s goal to get things going in Instanbul.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?  Saw them for the first time in Chicago in July.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  I love the Pacers.  I “grew up” spending lots of time at Market Square Arena and what was then Conseco Fieldhouse.  My dad worked for the Pacers and so I would spend many days during the summers or when I times when I was sick there with him.  I also love weather and astronomy.  I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to that.  I also mix trance music on rare occasion.  Not the best by any means but I have fun!

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?  Sun King’s Wee Mac

What makes you most proud to support LFC?  There is no other “fanbase” as loving of their club as LFC supporters are.  The passion, the “we will never quit” attitude of the players.  I’m always proud to wear my red shirt.

Best thing about being  an Indy Red? Thankful we finally are getting this official!!

 

Thanks Zach!

Well after that 3-0 thrashing we have Spurs it is an early season International Break.
The big news is Daniel Sturridge picked up a thigh injury in training. Looks like he could be out for a couple weeks. Major bummer, but now is the time for Lambert/Borini/Markovic/Coutinho to step it up and help out on the score sheet.

Even though the transfer window is over(what a window it was, very successful window) LFC are closing in on completing the signing of free transfer of former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.

Hopefully this week goes quick, look forward to seeing Union Jack Pub filled up for the 12:30 kickoff v Aston Villa on Saturday.

Thoughts on this simple T-shirt idea?

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Would be about $10 a shirt. Could do either just the front or have the front and the back.
Willing to pre-order/pre-pay for them? If you have any design ideas get on Customink.com and post them to the twitter or Facebook page.

-YNWA-

Nile