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