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Fan Focus. T-shirt toss.

Hey there Indy Reds! Happy Friday and match day eve. Fan Focus for you to kick off your weekend. Then after the Fan focus repeat info about the T-shirts that are now on pre-sale. If we have your email you got the message last night. But before we go over the T-shirt info it is Indy Red Fan Focus time!

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Name: Mike Vittorio @Vitto_Rio

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
I first started watching soccer in 1994 when the US hosted the World Cup. I had always tried to support our professional soccer leagues first and foremost. I started getting interested in the Premier League in the late 90’s, and started cheering for Americans playing there. Once Clint Dempsey (my favorite American player) was ran out of Tottenham, I decided it would be best if I picked one BPL team and stick with them. Liverpool’s fan support and passion is what convinced me immediately that I could relate to this club.

First LFC memory?
My first official memory as a fully committed supporter was Gerrard imitating his kissing the camera after he scored the PK against Man U.

Favorite LFC memory?
Definitely being able to sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in front of the team in Chicago when they played Olympiakos this past July

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
I always have to wear my scarf. I also feel our chances for winning increase if I am wearing my home jersey when they’re at home, my away jersey when they’re away, and my third jersey when they wear that.

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Where were you during Istanbul?
Unfortunately, I wasn’t fully committed to LFC then, but I remember it being absolutely insane when I heard what happened and saw the highlights.

Favorite Current Player and Why?
Stevie G of course. I love his passion and how Liverpool is his life. I definitely see the same passion in Lucas, and he is a close second. Hopefully we keep him around longer.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?
I am going to go in a different direction and choose Balotelli. Honestly, I think he gets singled out a lot for things that isn’t his doing. And I think the media loves to pick on him just to try to embellish their point on how he is a cancer to the team. I would want to meet and have dinner with him just so I can truly see for myself if he really is as bad as people really say. And to see if he does have that passion for LFC that every player should have.

Favorite LFC kit ever?
When I think of Liverpool kits, 2 things come to mind immediately: Red and Carlsberg. And since I love the Adidas trefoil and think that is a classic look, it is easy to say the jersey that puts all three of those things together is my favorite kit. The 2006-2007 home kit.

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
Make one day completely free for people to have access to the stadium and its players. Give the people a chance that can’t afford seeing their favorite team an opportunity. Give them access to the training grounds, the locker rooms, the field, the game if there is one that day. All access pass to those that cannot afford it.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
Twitter definitely. I follow a ton of LFC pages

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area? Where the Indy Reds are!!! UNION JACK!

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
I saw promise in Markovic in Chicago, and I am happy to see he is starting to blossom now. I think he is a great signing with great talent.

Favorite LFC Goal?
The goal I saw in person directly in front of where I was seeing: Raheem Sterling’s goal in Chicago against Olympiakos

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
July 27, 2014 in Chicago! I am planning my Anfield trip hopefully next season
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What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
Baseball, Football, College Basketball. Also enjoy discovering new music, and planning my next vacation to explore a new country and to see what this world has to offer!

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
Huge fan of Sun King, and their IPA’s. So whatever IPA of theirs is in season.

What makes you most proud to support LFC?
The passion of the fans. Without a doubt. Win or lose, the fans always stand behind their team.

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
Being able to interact with people that I know have the same passion for the sport as I do! Love seeing soccer become more and more popular after loving it all of these years. The absolute best thing though is the people I have been able to interact with on Twitter and can think of them as my friends. Being in the military, Twitter is how I can be a part of the OLSC Indy, and I am looking forward to being able to have a beer with my fellow Indy Reds at Union Jacks!

Thanks Mike. As he briefly mentioned Mike is in the military and is actually stationed out in the Dakotas. Look forward to him making it back to Indy to cheer on LFC with his fellow Indy Reds.

 

Alright in case you didn’t see it or you want to read it again, here was the email that went out last night to you Indy Reds whose email we have:

Hi there Indy Reds! I apologize in advance this will be a longer email than normal.

As you may have gathered from the subject line it is T-SHIRT TIME! Union Jack has finalized their design and pricing with their printers and we are ready to get pre-orders underway!
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The design above is what the shirt will look like. It had the most overall votes.
Shirts will be $15 if you pre order it between now and next weekend 1/25. Once the pre-sale ends you will only be able to get the shirts at Union Jack after they are ordered and they will be $20 at the bar.
It is $15 when you pre-order no matter what size you get and also the same cost if you get a men’s or women’s size.
There is going to be 2 ways to get your pre-order and money in. You can either give me(Nile) cash at Union Jack on match day either this weekend Saturday 01/17 10am kickoff v Villa or Tuesday 01/20 2:45pm kickoff v Chelsea and finally Saturday 01/24 12:30pm kickoff v Bolton.
The other way to pay is we have a Paypal account set up. Link is below. You can click on that and order a shirt. If you want multiple shirts you have to do it multiple times(sorry) and when you order you need to put in the “special notes” the size you would like. If I don’t see a size I will email you but you’ll make our life easier if you put it in the notes.
 
If you plan on ordering through Paypal please do so as soon as possible. Once the order is placed the money doesn’t show up for 7 days for us to transfer to UJ’s to get the shirts so it delays it some.
Once the shirts come in they will ONLY be available to PICK UP at Union Jack(another great reason to come out to a match) we will not be shipping shirts out to people in the Indy area(some exceptions may be made if the person ordering is out of state/out of country)
So that was the good news. Now some possible not so good news. If you like the LFC Indy logo & you want to show it off I HIGHLY SUGGEST you get one of these shirts. As you may know LFC is reviewing and adjusting their trademarks and branding(hence why we don’t have scarves yet) because of this it is looking like all the Supporters Clubs will have to submit their logos to LFC for approval. Word through the grapevine is that LFC is really putting the clamps on things and it is a possibility that our logo will not be accepted and have to be modified. Thankfully we have some great artistic people that are Indy Reds, so if it does come to that finding an approved logo will be no big deal. SO if you like the logo get a shirt because it might possibly be the only item in our short existence that will have it on any apparel, plus how cool is it you get to rep the best Soccer Pub in Indy along with the best Supporters Club!

 

Alright everyone excited?! We’ve had some Paypal pre-orders rolling in today. If you will be at one of the next few matches you will see me(Nile) in my usual spot on the upper landing by the Window. You can pre-order and pay in cash in person during matchday with me.

In other news
If you haven’t seen yet;5 Times Company who specializes in former LFC player appearances are making the rounds in the USA this summer. Sorry they won’t be coming to Indy(trust me it is expensive and something to plan for down the road) They will be in Chicago on June 26th. It will be Robbie Fowler and Didi Hamann. Will be a pretty large venue most likely. $50 a ticket for show or $120 for a meet and greet. http://5times.co/chicago/

In team news:
Lallana has made a speedy recover and could make the bench this weekend for the match. If he doesn’t he is for sure with the team v Chelsea next week.
Daniel Sturridge is back in training which is a great sight to see. Will be amazing to see him back in the lineup and out there running wild soon.
Raheem Sterling is back from his holiday in Jamaica and back with the team.

Alright keep those pre-orders coming. Look forward to seeing all of you Indy Reds at the match tomorrow 10am Kickoff v Villa. Be sure to get there early because QPR v mancs is on at 10am too, so expect a crowded Union Jack.

 

YNWA Indy Reds

Nile Smith
Chairman Official Liverpool Supporters Club of Indianapolis

 

 

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2014 Year Review. Year One. Rookie of the Year

Welcome back Indy Reds! 2014 comes to a close today and my oh my what a year it has been!

In January of 2014 our little adventure was about 3 months old, we finally got a Facebook page set up & LFC started that amazing 2nd half of the season that few will forget.
One such highlight in January was this amazing picture of Stevie G celebrating after a goal v Everton
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More and more of you were showing up to Union Jack Pub, even when the weather was like this:
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We started to get some more followers on twitter and Then some major news was announced:
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Yes LFC was COMING TO AMERICA! So stack on the excitement that we already had for Indy Eleven to start in the spring, plus World Cup in the summer, now we were going to be able to see our Boys in Red play Live in person. *Tingly*
As LFC continued the build up to Chicago, one of our Indy Reds Nile Smith was lucky enough to be interviewed by the club and be featured on their new website promoting the USA tour. You can check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet.

The weather started to break and spring was upon us, LFC was playing some of the most exciting soccer that majority of us have ever witnessed and for the 1st time a lot of us had the chance to root on a local soccer team and holy moly did this city get behind them. Indy Eleven started their inaugural season and both Indy Reds and soccer lovers overall flooded “The Mike” Michael A Carroll stadium on the campus of IUPUI. It gave a lot of folks the chance to feel some pride in their city and it was a great fellowship chance to get Indy Reds together.
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That is from one of the tailgates in Early May before an Indy Eleven match. Lots off good beer was drank. Some tasty tamales(thanks Jim) Some delicious Crostini(thanks to the Italian man that is Lou) and also for some their first taste of Stadium Mustard. The “Boys in Blue” wouldn’t get the victory that evening but it was a joy to watch them during their opening season.

The 2013-2014 LFC season came to a close with some heartbreaking moments, finished in 2nd place, blew everyone’s expectations away. We watched some of the prettiest and most fun matches you will see

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These two were a huge part of the fun and excitement of the season. This was one of my favorite pictures taken during the year. SAS.

As the LFC year ended we still had plenty to occupy our time. World Cup kicked into gear and the USA and soccer fever took over. It was at about this time that we realized “hey we might be able to make this happen and try and become an Official Liverpool Supporters Club”

Once July started the madness/excitement/growth really took off. 1st we changed our logo up.
We went from this:
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To this:
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Also in July on the ramp up to LFC coming to Chicago we started this site. It has had its ups and downs. The Indy Red Fan Focus features we do have been a massive hit and people are loving those. Our short lived Red Tardis series went well. Tricky to update the site and stay current but we are trying.
End of July finally came around and what an experience it was. I(Nile) was lucky enough to be invited by the Chicago Supporters Club to come and watch training the day before the match. Seeing the team practice up close was amazing. It was wild how quick and fast the players are and the things they can do with the ball at their feet.
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After training Brendan Rodgers was top class and walked the entire length of the field and met and greeted and signed things for everyone.
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Finally Matchday came. LFC would debut their new 3rd kit today. You’ll Never Walk Alone was belted out by everyone in the stadium. LFC got the win, songs were sung, beers were drank, It was a good day. It was nice during halftime some of the Indy Reds who were at the game got together for a group picture.
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(Crappy picture but good looking group)
During that halftime group picture someone mentioned that I should check out the matchday program.
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Let the geek mode kick in. Never would of imagined that would happen. During the month of July and then right after the match in Chicago we saw one of if not our single biggest jump in followers/memberships/likes etc. After the match in Chicago it seemed like a real possibility that we had a real good chance of hitting the numbers we needed to apply to become an Official Supporters Club.

As the pre-season started to end & everyone was dealing with losing one of the most prolific players and goal scorers for LFC Luis Suarez leaving the club to go to Barcelona, we started getting ready for the upcoming season. Expectations were very high to start the season. We were back in the Champions League, we had our best year in a while. Opening match of the season we had a really good crowd show up to Union Jack

 

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The Indy Reds were ready for another great LFC season. LFC didn’t have the best of starts, injuries and new players came with some rocky times for the first half of the season, but there were some bright spots. As the latter part of the year rolled around we had some amazing news come in.
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After barely a year in existence we were invited by LFC to become part of the family and become an Official Liverpool Supporters Club. Very Proud and happy moment for not just me but for all of the Indy Reds. Lots of hard work and word of mouth/tweets built up our following. We now are on the website. It is still sinking in even a month later that we did it and we are part of that select group.
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As the year comes to a close we are still growing our Indy Red fanbase and getting more exposure. We’ve had two Indy Reds be featured on LFC TV post match show interviews. We are still having great crowds show up at Union Jack for matches. T-shirts and scarves are in the works. LFC over the last few matches has turned it around and are starting to play much better and the way we expected. 2015 is looking like it will shape into a great year. But WOW, very thankful and amazed at how much we’ve grown in one single year. We are nearing 1,000 followers on Twitter which is mind blowing to me. A big thank you to all of you Indy Reds who throughout the year came out to matches and events and communicated on Twitter/Facebook/Here. You helped to grow this group and get the word out that there are LFC fans in the city and we have a great group to be a part of.

LFC play on New Years Day 10am kickoff v Leicester. Lets kick the year off with 3 points and make that push for 4th place. For as “bad” as we’ve been for the first half of this new season we really aren’t in that bad of a place. 5 points off 4th place. Semi finals for the League Cup. Chance to move on in the FA Cup, knockout rounds of the Europa League. So things are looking brighter.
Hope everyone has a fun and safe New Years Eve. Hope your 2014 was great, and I hope we were a part of it

You’ll Never Walk Alone

-Nile-

Back from Break. Fan Focus.

Welcome back Indy Reds! It’s been a while I apologize. Between having the international break and our Chairman Nile having a new baby the site got neglected some by not having anything posted in awhile. Well we are back with some team and Supporters club news but first a new Fan Focus with Indy Red and Southsider Kyle.

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Name: Kyle Higdon

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? A good friend of mine was studying abroad throughout Europe in 2004. Upon his return he gave each of us, his friends a gift from his travels. He knew that I played soccer in high school, so when I reached out he put a bright red L.F.C. scarf in my hand. Ever since then I’ve been a Red!

Favorite LFC memory? I’ll skip the obvious and go with Dirk Kuyt’s hat trick against man u (I never capitalize theirs or chelsea’s names). I was up and running around the house yelling for that one!

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? No real superstitions… A couple traditions would be of course to wear Red on match day, and I always pull up Gerry and The Peacemakers ‘YNWA’ on my phone pre-match.

Where were you during Istanbul? This is how I REALLY fell in love with L.F.C. I was still learning all about the EPL and all the other competitions involved throughout a season. Side note, I went into this venture completely alone. None of my friends or family were soccer fans. So there was much to learn. I had no clue about the match, but luckily I did happen to play hooky from work that day. I was just carrying on about my day off. I was bored flipping through channels when I stopped on ESPN2 (because I had seen it was Liverpool that playing). Just in time too. Caught the greatest game ever played!

Favorite Current Player and Why? Stevie G! His work rate is second to none, and he embodies everything it means to be a great captain for a legendary team like L.F.C.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? I’ve always looked up to Dirk Kuyt. I think he would be rather fun to hang out with and talk LFC over a few drinks.

Favorite LFC kit ever? I’m really partial to the first kit I ever bought. The home 2010-11 Adidas kit.

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? I would most definitely go back to Adidas on being our kit provider! Oh oh and I would sign my 15 month old son to the academy!
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Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? When I’m on Facebook I of course look to LFC Indy. Along with LiverpoolFC, This is Anfield, and Empire of the Kop. I also check in with the Bleacher Report app.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area? I would for sure be at UJ’s with all the other Indy Reds singing and drinking the afternoon….and night away.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? We signed him this year, but he won’t be in Liverpool red until next season. I’m very excited to watch another young gun Divock Origi play as a red.

Favorite LFC Goal? There are many of them, but for the sake of being different I would say when Suarez caught the Norwich keeper out from goal and booted a 40 yarder for his 4th goal of the night.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? I have. My little brother and I drove out to Baltimore a few years back to catch the Reds take on Spurs. I kept telling my brother to keep an eye on that very young Sterling player. He’s like a bolt of lightning!

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What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have? I follow all the teams here in Indy. The Eleven, Pacers, Colts, Indians and soon the new hockey team, ‘Indy Fuel’. I also enjoy getting out and playing disc golf. Many great courses here in the Midwest!

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? We’ll just say my drink(s) of choice are Miller High Life w/ a shot of Beam on the side. Don’t judge me!

What makes you most proud to support LFC? The level of passion from Liverpool supporters is unmatched. Win, Lose or Draw!

Best thing about being an Indy Red? Being able to experience it all with other like minded Hoosiers! I used to feel pretty lonely down here in Franklin being a soccer fan in general, but I must say its slowly but surely improving.

Thanks Kyle!

 

Team and OLSC news:
It was great to get 3 points on Saturday and what a way to grab them. I still shake my head and laugh a little when I say it: Glen Johnson with a diving header to win the match. He took a cleat/boot to the head too.

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Was nice to see us keep a clean sheet and Mignolet make some nice saves. We had a much better second half attacking which was great to see. Hopefully it will carry over into these next few matches.
Last time I will mention it because I’m sure most have seen it but; Jane who is the liaison between the Supporters Clubs and LFC contacted us on Friday to invite us to be on the post match show on LFC TV. I was surprised/amazed/thankful that they thought of us out of all of the supporters clubs they could have picked from in America. It was a great chance to get some more exposure for OLSC Indianapolis and was a thrill to be on the show for the short 6 minutes. Glad I could get a small laugh in there with mentioning that I have met Claire Rourke before(very briefly in Chicago during the training session) and happy thousands of ears got to hear “Indy Reds” and “Official Supporters Club from Indianapolis” . If you haven’t seen the video yet here is a link to it on our Facebook page.

Still only 5 points off of 4th place which is remarkable for how the year is going. So we are still in good striking distance to jump up there. We’ve got a favorable next two matches v Leicester on Tuesday and then Sunderland on Saturday. So hopefully 6 points there to boost the confidence more then take down Basel on the 9th to advance in the Champions League, then we have those bum mancs on the 14th.

If you have LFCTV membership here is the pre-Leicester press conference.
Some Highlights from it:
Steven Gerrard has been offered a new 1 year contract. Stevie hasn’t accepted or declined it yet. Rodgers said it is fine if he takes his time.
Some rumors going around that Rodgers and Stevie were not getting along. Stevie put those rumors to bed with this instagram post
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Glen Johnson still has not been offered a new contract and not looking likely that he will be offered one.
Sakho returned to training but won’t be fit for the match tomorrow could possibly be ready for the weekend.

We are still waiting to hear from LFC about the trademark and logo revisions they are doing. Once we here everything is good to go we will get on ordering scarves. Unless they approve everything within the next week most likely won’t have them until start of the year(late Christmas gift for yourself and friends/family) We are also in the process of looking at getting window/car decals made with our logo but instead of “LFC Indy” on the bottom it would say “Indy Reds” Would you folks be interested in these if we decided to get them?

Our Annual General Meeting still won’t be for a little bit, shooting for spring time April/May to do that to vote on board members(Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer) and go over the past year and get ideas for the upcoming year(events, suggestions etc). You will know in pretty far in advance of it, will need to have as many Indy Reds there as possible. Most likely will be at Union Jack unless some other venue or event comes up or sounds better.
We are continuing to grow and we see new faces each week at Union Jack for matches which is great. Winter time is always tough for people because of weather and holidays to make it out for matches but your continued support and presence will help us to keep on growing. If we power through the winter(with good results) Once spring hits & Indy Eleven kick off again I’m sure we will see another big surge in people here again soon.

 

YNWA
-Nile Smith-

 

 

 

It’s Official!!!!!! Thank you.

As you may have heard or seen by now on the Morning of 11/03/2014 LFC Indy was offered and invitation by Liverpool Football Club to become an Official Supporters Club!
Yes we did it! Amazed at the quickness of the growth and organization that we have done here in Indy in just One short year.

So now that we are an Official Liverpool Supporters Club(OLSC) what now? Well first we have a meeting with an LFC representative who goes over all of the guidelines of being an OLSC with us, things like what logos we can/can’t use, how to request for different things like tickets or appearances, setting up an Annual Supporters Club meeting to go over different topics and voting on the positions within the OLSC(President, Secretary, Treasurer etc)
After that first thing to do is to get our OLSC scarf design finalized and then let the pre-order start(Just in time for the holidays!) and get those ordered so we can get those in before the start of the year. If you have any Scarf design ideas send them along. Currently the leading choice is
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If you have any other ideas post them on our Twitter/Facebook page or in the comments. Only thing I can think of that needs to be added on this would be maybe a “EST 2014” since it is our Inaugural scarf.
After that we just need to continue to grow and keep getting the word out and keep getting new people to Union Jack’s and getting more people out to UJ’s for the match. Place should be packed each week for matches. Other than that we will look into getting OLSC cards for people who have LFC memberships & working with Union Jack on t-shirts. Also we will look to do some community projects or donating. Food drives, taking money from scarf sales and using it to buy soccer equipment for a local youth team etc.
As we’ve said all along, if you ever have any suggestions or ideas always feel free to bring them to our attention. I know a lot of you would like to have a bigger presence at the Indy Eleven matches, and that is something we can work on for the spring season. Especially like the idea of having a flag or two created by our Indy Reds to hang up at games/tailgates/events/UJ’s. Possibly something like this:
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Massive thank you to Union Jack Pub who over this past year has helped us to grow and has helped to get awareness out there about us and continue to open up their doors early & are striving to become the best Soccer Pub in Indy. Jay and his staff have been great and we look forward to continuing that relationship with them and keeping UJ’s as our home pub.

Obviously a giant thank you to all of the Indy Reds who during the past year kept helping us build. We had a big response when we first started this thing and it has just snowballed. You guys blew me away with the amount of mentions/follows/rt’s etc each and every single day. I was stunned to see the support that was thrown out there when we really decided we were going for it on becoming an OLSC. We over doubled the number or requirements needed to become an OLSC in both members and members with Liverpool Memberships. Heck of a job.
We admittedly had something of a perfect storm when we started this. We had an amazing season last year which always brings people on board. The World Cup happened which always shines the spotlight on the sport. We had Liverpool come to the USA and Chicago which gave us some great exposure. Indy Eleven started their inaugural season which helped to gather lots of fans together each week & helped to bring awareness to our Supporters Club.

I don’t want to single out any specific Indy Reds, you know who you are; Thank You. There have been a few of you that have been on this train since Day One and even before and have been instrumental in getting the word out there and creating a buzz and being a shining example of what it is to be a Liverpool fan and doing things The Liverpool Way.

Thank you to the Liverpool USA account. Nile getting interviewed by them for the USA tour website and the program helped again to just bring awareness that we were trying to build something here in the Circle City. They also were great over the past year not just reposting of us but other supporters clubs on where to go for matches and being interactive.

Lastly I(Nile) would like to thank my wife Jessica. She has had to deal with me over the past year tweeting/posting constantly. My phone buzzing all of the time when something happens. Waking up on Saturday mornings and leaving at 7am to make sure someone shows up at UJ’s. She is by no means a soccer fan(a sports fan yes but not soccer, she did enjoy the USA matches in the World Cup though) but she has been supportive of me taking on this challenge & I know it could be frustrating at some points during the past year.

It has been a very fun first year and we have accomplished one of our main and biggest goals of becoming an OLSC. There is still work to be done, and still room to continue to grow but we are on the right track and if you folks keep doing what you are doing we will continue to grow and be the biggest of the 5 EPL supporters clubs in the city. Looking forward to interacting with everyone and now that we are a part of the OLSC family the opportunities that presents to us.

2 big matches coming up this week LFC travel to Madrid tomorrow 11/04 2:45pm. Then on Saturday we take on the club everyone loves to hate(and for good reason) Chelsea. 7:45am kickoff. Lets get Union Jack packed and celebrate this great accomplishment you have helped to create.

-YNWA-
Nile Smith

 

Fan Focus. Pumpkins for days.

Welcome back to another edition of Indy Reds Fan Focus. Up this week is Jordan. He is one of our Indy Reds who is what seems like every single match he is at Union Jack. You’ve probably seen him there or with the Slaughterhouse 19 folks during Indy Eleven matches also. In honor of Halloween this week he seemed like a good choice to be featured. Take it away…

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Name: Jordan Green

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
I didn’t grow up with the sport, so I had to come into it on my own. It was when I was 16 during the 2006 World Cup that I really started watching it, and I was hooked. The USMNT was an obvious choice, but I knew I had to find a club in the EPL. During my research on the different clubs’ history and players, I came across Robbie Fowler, who had just returned to Liverpool after five years. His nickname of “God” was the first thing that stood out to me about him, so I started watching clips and reading about him. What really made me fall in love though is the “eating grass” incident during the Merseyside derby in 1999.
fowlerShort story for those of you that don’t know; Everton supporters had started a rumor about Fowler saying he was doing cocaine, so after he scored his second goal of the match, he ran over to the touch line and dropped down to “snort” the white line. That’s when I knew I was going to be a Liverpool supporter for life.

First LFC memory?
One of the first memories I have is from when I first decided to really follow Liverpool and watch as many matches as I could. I had stayed the night over at a friend’s parent’s house back in high school, and brought my laptop with me so I could wake up for the 7:30 AM match and stream it. I don’t remember exactly who we were playing, but it had been a close match and when we finally scored the winning goal in second half stoppage time, I couldn’t hold in my excitement. Woke up the whole house, and they thought I was crazy!

Favorite LFC memory?
February 6, 2011 in London. It was El Niño’s debut for Chelsea. I was at my Army training that Sunday for a yearly physical which was happening during the match, but I of course had my smartphone out the entire time watching it. It was scoreless for most of the match until Meireles slotted in a Stevie G cross in the 69th minute. I was in line to have my blood pressure taken when it happened, and when it got to me, the machines couldn’t register any sort of a pulse I was so excited. Even an hour after the match the machine couldn’t register a pulse. Yeah, I may have been a bit bitter that he left us.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
The only one I really stick to for every single match is listening to You’ll Never Walk Alone. It has to be played.

Where were you during Istanbul?
Unfortunately, I hadn’t gotten into the sport at that time, so the only thing I really knew about Istanbul was that it wasn’t Constantinople. Although, I have watched the replay of that night several times, and you know I will be seeing One Night in Istanbul when it makes its way over here.

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Favorite Current Player and Why?
This is a tough question; our squad is extremely likable right now. It has to be Captain Fantastic, Steven Gerrard though. The things he can do with a football are just absolutely incredible, and he has given his all for this club. This man deserves the league title more than anyone else, and I’m confident we can give it to him before he’s done.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? Robbie Fowler. He seems like he would be a great guy to hang out with and just talk about whatever. I’d love to ask him how Houllier came up with the “Cameroonian grass eating celebration” defense for his “Snorting the end line” celebration I mentioned earlier.

Favorite LFC kit ever?
The 83-85 kit is one of my favorites, which is the one Warrior based their last kit on. It did make for an interesting ensemble when they played away to Watford wearing the red home top, yellow away socks, and black shorts from the away kit from the previous year.
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You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
Put all of our money into getting Flanno back into the squad, I’ve been missing him. Seriously though, I would just enjoy being able to walk about wherever I wanted and interact with all the players. If there was something I would think about changing, chances are BR has already thought about it and knows what’s best.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
I know Twitter seems to be the preferred method here, but I usually get all of my info on Facebook. Empire of the Kop, LFC News, Liverpool FC official page, Liverpool Echo, NBC Sports Soccer, The Sport Bible posts some pretty good videos, and of course LFC Indy!

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?Dinner? Probably whatever I drunkenly decide after celebrating all morning at UJs! If I even remember to eat, that is.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
I’m still excited to see what Super Mario can bring to the table once Sturridge is fit and able to help him out. I’m really hoping they link up better than he is with Sterling. As far as our young players, Coutinho is someone I’ve always had my eye on, and I really think he will grow as a player this season. He needs to step up and make things happen.

Favorite LFC Goal?
Way too many, but one of my favorites that I have seen is a goal by John Aldridge against Arsenal in 88. The actual goal wasn’t anything too complicated, but the buildup and work that went into it was fantastic.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
Chicago this summer was the first time I had seen them. It was fantastic, even if it was Americanized a bit. The only real disappointing part was when the announcer came on in the middle of You’ll Never Walk Alone at the beginning and the crowd singing wasn’t loud enough to drown him out. I have already decided I will be going to Berlin if we make it to the CL finals.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
Supporting five different football clubs takes up a lot of time, but I do enjoy supporting the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL and our Indiana Pacers in the NBA. I also try to play every week with some of the Indy Eleven supporters. Non-sports related, I have taken up filmmaking with a focus on Horror and I also brew my own beer! (Eavan, you might get your wish for a Red IPA)

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Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
That’s the hardest question you’ve asked yet! Indianapolis has an amazing amount of delicious local beers to drink, and the Union Jack always has something good on tap! A few of my favorite local breweries though are Flat 12, Triton, and Black Acre. I’m always down to talk about some good beer, too!

What makes you most proud to support LFC?
For this team right now, the player mentality. We have an amazing group of guys out there that really want to win, and not just for themselves. I think we are really going to see that mentality put to good use this season.

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
Having an awesome group of people to watch the matches with! Before I met Nile, a lot of times I would be the only one at the Union Jack in Broadripple there to watch the matches, and I would sit at the bar by myself{Editors Note: This is true, there was some matches pre LFC Indy where it was just two maybe 3 of us sitting at the bar at 7:30/8am watching at UJ’s}. Slowly more people started coming to watch with us, and it is extremely satisfying to see how the group has grown in a year! A huge shout out has to go to Jay and Chelsey for all of the hard work they have done with the Union Jack and everything they have done for both LFC Indy and the Indy Eleven supporters group, Slaughterhouse-19, not to mention the amazing display they put on during the World Cup!

Thanks Jordan!

LFC News:
Well we didn’t get the result we thought we were going to get or what we wanted v Hull on Saturday 0-0 draw. Couldn’t convert any chances. On the plus side we are still sitting fine in the league table 2 points out of 4th 3 points out of 3rd so it could be worse. It was a beautiful day outside on Saturday and we had a really nice crowd show up at Union Jack. A lot of new faces(and some familiar ones too) so that is always good to see that the support and awareness is still growing and this thing we are doing here is working.
swansTuesday we have a Capital One Cup match v Swansea. The Aqua Bird Battle. The Rodgers/Allen v old club storyline. Match is at 4pm. It is on BeIn Sport. Will be interesting to see what squad we throw out there for it since we have 3 tough matches in 7 days after this before surprise surprise another  International break(Newcastle on Saturday, Real Madrid Tuesday then Chelsea Saturday)

As I’ve mentioned before as we move into November our Chairmen Nile won’t be able to do quite as much hands on with the Supporters Club with his Baby Boy coming mid month, so if any of our Indy Reds can or want to help out with the Twitter or Facebook posting(especially on matchday) or the blog let me know it would be a big help.

With Halloween this week it is acceptable to go Full Kit Wanker and dress up/cosplay as an LFC player.

YNWA

-Nile-

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-

 

 

 

Red Tardis. Put on your dancing shoes…

Welcome back Indy Reds to another edition of The Red Tardis. Quick but fun entry this time. In honor of Daniel Sturridge coming back from injury(my oh my how much have we missed this guy?!) we are going to do a quick look at one of the “coolest” goal celebrations out there. Take it away Bryan…
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The origins of the Sturridge Dance
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A quick vid this time, Daniel Sturridge being interviewed by BTSport about his terrific goal celebration. You know the one, arms extended out to both sides, body oozing hipster cool from absolutely everywhere , and the arms somehow moving up and down while also moving horizontally. Surely Carragher would love to dance like this just once.
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Admittedly, I would. The interviewer admits she loves the move, and establishes that it has taken some work to perfect it. Then she hits him with footage equivalent of a hard slide tackle worthy of a yellow card. Cue Sturridge playing for the Manchester City Under 15 Squad, finding the back of the net and then celebrating using the similar move without the modern cool and smooth. Daniel tries to blame a dance movie for his ineptitude and that he was emulating the dancing in the movie. Nice try Daniel, I’m calling BS.

Balotelli even got in on the dance last week during training. He posted this picture to his Instagram. Would be great to see these two up top soon pounding in goals together and doing this dance.
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Fellow Indy Red Jim Dimitri can reportedly do the Sturridge dance very well, but I’m not saying which of the two he can do. The current version, or the Man City version. You’ll have to ask him while at Union Jack or in Lot B before an Indy Eleven Match.
YNWA,
Bryan @BryanSTL

Thanks for that fun entry, that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face today.

Reminder this weekend is the Battle of Union Jack Pub. LFC v QPR. The two supporters clubs who call it came face off against each other. Get out there to Pack that place with Red. Sunday 8:30am Kickoff. So don’t party to hard after hopefully a second home win in a row for Indy Eleven.(Your pictures from storming the field were amazing)

LFC Tidbits:
Slowly but surely we are getting folks back from the injury bug. Sturridge, Can, Allen all should be back. Sakho still is a maybe. Lovren could be out for a couple weeks also.
Lazar is up in the air, reports said he was injured on International Duty but then he was scheduled to play yesterday before the match was suspended.
Big news of the week was once again LFC v Hodgson. Doesn’t seem like this is going to end anytime soon. How he is still the England National Team coach I do not know, he has done a terrible job with the team. Rodgers and his team have a much different and more modern training strategy for the players and well Hodgson who knows what his philosophy is. Frustrating to see.

LFC is getting ready to embark on a packed 21 days. 7 matches in 21 days. 2 of those are v Real Madrid. The coaches believe everyone will be ready.

We’ll be back soon with a Fan Focus. Look forward to seeing everyone at UJ’s Sunday.

YNWA
-Nile-