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Thank You. Face In The Crowd.

Hi there Indy Reds! I hope everyone is enjoying the Klopp mania still. Bright future for LFC is coming.

The reason for the post today is after a lot of prayer and thought is to tell everyone that I, Nile Smith the founder and chairman of LFC Indy will be stepping down before the end of this year.

For those that don’t know the story of OLSC Indianapolis, a little over 2 years ago at the start of the 2013 season I started a random Twitter page called @LFCIndy. I created the page to tweet about and talk about all things LFC so I wouldn’t blow up my own timeline with it. Also I created it in the hopes that a few other passionate LFC fans would want to get together occasionally at a bar and watch our beloved Redmen play. Over the past 10 or so years that I have lived in Indy I would notice people randomly out and about with a LFC shirt on and give them the obvious shout of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone” etc  or see some people during a big match when stopping in at Chatham or UJ’s.  Little did I know how MANY of you LFC supporters were out there.

It was the perfect storm that was happening when LFC Indy was created. NBC just got the rights to the EPL and ALL matches were being shown live here in the USA.
After a few weeks of the page being active LFC started to have that magical season of 2013/2014 where we all “believed.” The amazing play by Suarez and Sturridge will be remembered for a long time.
That helped to have more eyes fixed on LFC and we gained a little bit of momentum early. Also at the time Indy was getting ready for their new professional soccer team Indy Eleven to start playing in the spring, and World Cup was coming up that summer, so excitement for soccer was pretty big in the city. In 2013 really the only 2 places to go watch a match in the morning was Chatham Downtown and Chatham Fishers. Around this time Jay and Chelsea took over Union Jack Pub and they were interested in bringing a soccer community back to UJ’s. The American Outlaws were going there for some of the World Cup qualifying matches. I reached out to Jay and asked if they would be willing to open up early and have the audio on for LFC matches and he agreed. We were the first EPL Supporters Club to call UJ’s home. It became our Indy Anfield. It was a pretty perfect match. As most of you know Chatham downtown is the home to the Chelsea, Spurs & Arsenal supporters clubs plus it is owned by a Man U fan so obviously that wasn’t going to work plus it is 21+ there and I wanted ALL to be welcome at matches. Chatham Fishers seemed like a good match since all ages would be welcome and they had the Chatham name but to be honest I live on the near southside and I really didn’t want to drive all the way up there to watch a match. Also the week I went there it was in the early stages of LFC Indy and it was an early match and only 2 of us showed up. So we landed on Union Jack Pub. It is in Broad Ripple so it is pretty easy for most to get to in the city and it is a local place and it has a unique set up inside and there were no other supporters clubs calling it home so it seemed like a great match.

Then a few things happened that I could have never imagined. LFC announced they would be coming to America during that upcoming summer and they were coming close to us in Chicago. Because of this LFC asked a few American fans how they came to love LFC and different questions about the club(If you’ve ever read one of our Fan Focus profiles on here it was basically that). Well somehow LFC contacted me and asked if I would participate. I was then featured on the LFC website and later on during that summer actually in the Matchday Program for the USA tour. That exposure made our page BLOW UP and we saw a huge jump in followers and interaction.
The next thing that helped us gain exposure was local author and celebrity John Green started to mention us & talk to us on Twitter. He has an obscene amount of people that follow him so that exposure once again sent a lot of eyes towards us.

As the season progressed we had more and more people showing up and the atmosphere that you see today at UJ’s started to take shape. I can honestly say that going to a match at Union Jack when LFC is playing(especially one of the larger matches) is one of the best places and experiences you can have in Indy without actually being inside a stadium. We have had some great crowds. The match v City in 2013/2014 season with the Coutinho winner UJ’s was a mad house. For the season opener this year we had a crazy amount of people show up.

Since then we have continued to grow rapidly. In early 2014 we were continuing to grow very fast and we made the decision to apply to become an Official Supporters Club through LFC and we were granted that status on our first attempt. We created this website and our Facebook page to go along with our main twitter page to make our network of Indy Reds bigger. We are up to 1300 followers on Twitter which is mind blowing to me and we have nearly 200 people in the Indy area who are LFC fans that we have identified on our Social Media channels. We have a wide variety of supporters. Male and Female. Young and Older. We have people who were born and raised Hoosiers to people who were born and raised in Liverpool who now live in Indy. We have fans from all over the globe that call Indy home now and are LFC Supporters. China, South Africa, Ireland, England, Mexico etc.
In the short 2 years we have existed we have had tailgate gatherings at Indy Eleven matches. Have had t-shirts made. Participated in a supporters club futsal tournament. Had Scarves made(very proud moment seeing that) We have had two of our supporters(myself & Bryan) featured on LFCTV. We have been featured on NBC Sports and mentioned by countless former players and media people. It has been a good first few chapters for us.

My decision to step down is I believe I have taken the Supporters Club as far as I can at this stage of my life and I don’t have the same amount of time to dedicate to the club. There has been some changes at my work and much more responsibility has been placed on me and I have two small children so my time I have is much more limited and I feel that I can’t take the Supporters Club to it’s next level.

The plan is to find a new chairman and someone to take over by Christmas time. If you would be interested please contact me either through email at LFCIndy7@gmail.com or message me on Facebook or Twitter. I promise to the new chairman they won’t be left high and dry. I will provide you with all the resources you need and you will have access to all of the accounts I have created and all of the contacts with LFC and I will be more than happy to answer questions and advise you along the way.

The new chairman will be in for a heck of a first year. With Klopp now our manager there is a lot of excitement around LFC and a bright bright future ahead.  Also LFC will be coming to America next summer(not official yet but there is a 97% chance it is happening) So there is even more room to grow and improve the club.

I have been blessed to be able to have the chance and time to create and grow this Supporters Club over the last two years. It has been challenging but very fun at the same time to get this off the ground and I’m very happy with where we are at today and look forward to being a fan and a supporter still and still coming out to matches. It has been great meeting so many new people and seeing the love of LFC grow in the city.

I would like to thank all of the Indy Reds for their massive support over the last 2 years and the great interactions we’ve had and the continued support you’ve shown us and UJ’s. I would like to thank a few folks individually.

Jay & Chelsea and the Staff of Union Jack Pub: Thank you for always opening up early. Even when it was a 7-8am match and it was snow out and only 3 of us showed up to watch the match. Over the last 2 years Union Jack has been turned into a go to place not just for LFC fans but all soccer fans. It is great to see a place that LFC fans can go and know they are welcome and cheer on their team and at the same time have some tasty food and drinks.

Bryan Smith & Jim Dimitri: These two guys were some of the first people on Twitter that I interacted with. They have a great knowledge and love of LFC and are just two great dudes. They were a couple of the first fan focus profiles we did. They could always be counted on to have some great match commentary and beer sharing with too.
They have helped to bring people in and organize Indy Eleven tailgates we’ve had and have always been great supporters and great stewards of the LFC Indy name around the city.

Rustin Kratz & Jordan Green: These two in the early days of LFC Indy I know I could count on no matter the match or weather or time they were going to be at Union Jack’s watching. Their early support made me want to continue with the supporters club and get more and more people out to the pub for matches. Rustin I have known for some time now, he was the first LFC fan I met when I moved to Indy. Jordan helped to bring that stadium atmosphere to UJ’s by being loud and always wanting to sing.

Once again thank you again to everyone who has followed us and who has interacted with us online and in person. We have created something special and something big and I look forward to watching the Supporters Club continue to grow and we are close to if not the biggest Supporters Club in the city(not counting obviously Indy Eleven support) I look forward to helping to select the next chairman of LFC Indy and look forward to seeing where the Supporters Club goes from here.

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

-Nile Smith-

 

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Welcome Back, National Celebs, Fan Focus

Welcome back Indy Reds!! Apologies for the long delay in-between posts. Starting now we look to correct that and give you fine folks some more content more regularly. Since we would like to expand the site and update it more often, if you are a writer or enjoy it and would like to write any articles such as pre or post match previews/reviews or player profiles or even last year we had a few Red Tardis articles that were fun. Anything LFC related feel free to email us or get at us on social media and we will get it going.
You may have noticed a couple changes, the biggest one being we bought the domain name for our website LFCIndy.com, so it is much easier to remember and get to and share.

Before we splash back in with our favorite kind of post the Indy Red Fan Focus we had a something very unexpected happening. If you haven’t heard or seen yet, we were featured on NBC Sports live broadcast here in the USA during halftime of the LFC v Arsenal match.

THAT JUST HAPPENED!!!! Yes that was you the Official Liverpool Supporters Club of Indianapolis. The Indy Reds live on NBC with the sweet sweet narrating from the one and only Rebecca Lowe. MASSIVE exposure for the supporters club and also for our Indy Anfield Union Jack Pub.
We are posting this 2 days after and We still get a giant smile on our faces and we’re still in amazement that this happened. A big thank you to all of the Indy Reds who over the last 2 years have helped to grow and shape our Supporters Club. Well Done!

Alright, we are bringing back one of mine and I think most of you folks favorite part of our site the Indy Red Fan Focus. If you are new to us you can see all of the previous features here on our site.
Basically it is pretty simple, I ask you a bunch of questions and you answer them then we feature you on our site so our Indy Reds can get to know each other better and how they came to love the greatest team in the world. First up for the new season is one of the MANY as I’m finding out “ExPats” here in Indy. Daniel.
Enjoy!!

Name: Daniel Preece

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How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
They were one of the first teams I completed in the old Pannini soccer sticker albums back in the late 80’s in the UK and a certain John Barnes was mesmerizing to watch as a 7 year old boy so I chose the Reds and have never regretted it.

First LFC memory?
Probably when we beat Palace 9-0 back in the late 80’s. In the UK they are not allowed to show the games live on a Saturday for a 3pm kickoff. I remember being sat in my parent’s car whilst they were grocery shopping with my brother listening to the live First Division games (as it was back then pre-premier league). We just kept guessing how many more goals would come after six and how the commentators would be utterly amazed with each and every goal. I still remember the papers the next day with a big shot of Peter Beardsley. Being so young I did not appreciate the feat at the time.
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Favorite LFC memory?
Istanbul – nothing comes close. The way we got there, the way we came back from the dead, once in a lifetime stuff. It will take something very special to top it.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
When I went to Anfield on the drive up I would always play my ‘This Is Anfield’ CD to get a good sing song going. Apart from that the usual advice you give to the players while you watch the TV (like they can actually hear you!).

Where were you during Istanbul?
At my mother’s house as she had the biggest TV to watch it on!

Favorite Current Player and Why?
If you would’ve asked me this a few months ago I would’ve said Steven Gerrard. Now he’s gone my favorite is Emre Can. He’s versatile and tenacious and can beat a man when he needs too. He reminds me a lot of Mascherano but with more goals in him.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?For me and my generation it would have to be Steven Gerrard. He’s a great role model and a down to earth person. It would be great to see how he is away from football and how he dealt with all of the pressure of being such an icon for so many people for so many years. Plus we both moved to America from the UK around the same time, so we have something in common – although he can buy the beers as he earns more than me!

Favorite LFC kit ever?
For personal reasons the grey away kit for the 2008/09 season. My Grandmother got me my first kit, which was the grey ‘Candy’ shirt for the 1988/89 season as a birthday present twenty years earlier, so it struck a chord with me when the club based it on that shirt.
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You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
I would like to have a kick about with all my mates on the hallowed turf of Anfield and book a pre-season game here in Indianapolis vs the Indy Eleven!

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
Always the clubs official site and the BBC football website. Occasionally twitter for the gossip.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?
I would probably drive around the city with my scarf out of the car or scream out loud in the front yard for a few hours first before I went out! Of course it would be at the Union Jack with fellow supporters as no-one else would know why I am so happy!

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Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Jordan Rossiter. Jamie Carragher was talking him up a few years ago so I took an interest in him and I am glad he has progressed as far as he has done. Liverpool needs a local lad in the team and Jordan has great composure and seems unfazed by being in the first team squad. Hopefully he gets some game time this season so he can show what he can do and push on from there.

Favorite LFC Goal?
So many to choose from, a difficult question! It has to be Gerrard’s pile driver against Olympiacos. Without that goal there would’ve been no Istanbul, no 5th European cup – enough said.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
Plenty of times! I have done the full house of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup, Europa League and even the Community Sheild. I lived in Reading in the UK which is just outside London and only a 4 hour drive away from Liverpool. So as soon as I was old enough to drive that was it. I even was lucky enough to see the Reds at the Millennium Stadium. When Reading were promoted to the Premier league that also helped me out with going to an away game!
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What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
Apart from soccer I like rugby and I used to do a lot of running which I am keen to get back into. I like to give most sports a go to be honest so I will probably give all of the big American sports a try.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
I am still new to the area so am a baby in the beer tasting stakes. I enjoy a Sam Adams and I know that’s a Boston thing (sorry). I am still waiting to be educated!
What makes you most proud to support LFC?
The history and the passion of the club and the family feel it has. I don’t think any other club can match us for it. No matter who plays for Liverpool, if they give 100% for the shirt they will be supported and remembered by the supporters for their efforts.

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
For me being new to the USA and a ‘limey’ I would have to say the enthusiasm of the group. When I went down to the Union Jack for a game recently I found the people there very friendly and welcoming. I have to give a special mention to Nile as I bombarded him with lots of questions when I found out I was moving to the area and he has been very supportive.

Thank you Daniel! It is always great to see the perspective from someone not from the USA. If you enjoyed this feature be sure to go back on the site and read the other Fan Focus that we’ve had all of them are top notch. If you’d be interested in being featured let us know and we will get you up there. We have some really good ones on the horizon this year.

Alright on to some Supporters Club and Team news.

The Scarves were a huge hit, we are completely SOLD OUT. I believe Union Jack is also sold out of the scarves and also the t-shirts we had last year. If we have enough interest we might do another pre-order of scarves. As a heads up we have to order a minimum of 50 scarves & its $500. Our chairman and board don’t have that kinda dough laying around so we would have to do a pre-order. If we can get 25 people to pre-order scarves again we will order more.
We are in the process of working with Union Jack to see about a new t-shirt for this year since we had to retire the old logo.

Need some input from you Indy Reds too, As we are going into our 3rd season/2nd year in existence & 1st overall year as Official we would really like to start trying to give back to the Indy community. If anyone has any ideas on how we can do that let us know. We are thinking of possibly doing a food drive for someone like Second Helpings here in the city during one of big matches this fall, or maybe a coat drive for the winter time.
As always if you ever have any suggestions or questions about the Supporters Club feel free to email us LFCIndy7@gmail.com or comment on any of the posts on here or facebook/twitter.
Speaking of Facebook and Twitter. Be sure you are following us on Twitter @LFCIndy and like our page on Facebook and also join our Facebook Group. The group page allows you guys to post things and it is a good place to talk about all things LFC.
Last bit of club news, if you’re active on Twitter and like to post things about LFC, be sure to hit up our friends at the ULF Podcast(you can find them on twitter and Facebook) they are looking for someone to post LFC news and updates for them on their Twitter page.

Some quick team news.
Troubled striker Mario Balotelli has gone out on loan back to AC Milan
Young gun Harry Wilson(youngest person to ever appear for Wales) has gone on loan to Crewe Alexandra
Daniel Sturridge is back in England after rehabbing in Boston for quite a while, look for him to try and get fit for the united match 09/12.

Look forward to seeing everyone out at Union Jack Pub Saturday for the match v West Ham. 10:00am Kickoff. LFCWESTHAM
We had an amazing crowd for the opening match v Stoke, then had some Monday games where we expect crowds to be thinner but still had a heck of a showing. Saturday “Pack The Jack”

Thank you everyone for your continued support and helping to grow and build the supporters club and spreading the love of LFC all over our fine city.

YNWA

Nile Smith
Chairman Official Liverpool Supporters Club Indianapolis.

Fan Focus. Don’t go Hibernating.

Welcome back Indy Reds. Another Edition of our Fan Focus today to help you get through the week. As the posts suggest, I know LFC are struggling this year, but do go into hibernation for the winter, still need your support each week at Union Jack for the matches during the winter time and helping to keep us growing!  Also some team and OLSC updates coming But first as always Fan Focus. Up this week is Ryan:

Name: Ryan Deal @realdealryan

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
Though I played club and school soccer throughout my youth, I burned myself out and stayed away for several years. I first dipped a toe into the EPL waters in 2008, and the Reds stood out, especially emotional players like Stevie, Pepe, and Carra. I was drawn to these players because they reminded me of my favorite NFL players like Jim Kelly and Darryl Talley. I was hooked.

First LFC memory?
The first major memory for me was the 2010 victory against Chelsea in which Fernando Torres regained form (we thought) and punched in 2 goals. I had been hoping for him to regain a high level for so long, and coupled with club turmoil, being Hodged, and league position- it was an immense relief. Short-lived, but very important to me at the time.

Favorite LFC memory?
Tottenham 0 – 5 Liverpool, the celebration after Flanagan’s goal.
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Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
I’m not superstitious, but lately it’s been nice to get a 45-minute ride in before a match to ease the nerves.

Where were you during Istanbul?
pre-fandom; unsure

Favorite Current Player and Why?
Steven Gerrard. Our talisman. You can make arguments about which role suits him best, but you can’t leave him out of the side. And we saw last year that he remains LFC’s emotional glue. #WeGoAgain

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?The King, Kenny Dalglish. He’s been to the peaks and depths with the club. Plus, I really enjoyed him telling Arsene Wenger to f*** off a few years back after an extra-time penalty equalizer.
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Favorite LFC kit ever?
The Purple Warrior!

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
Book a friendly at Lucas Oil Stadium. Bronze statue of Ian Ayre.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
@LFCIndy , @kopwatch

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?
I really dig the food at Twenty Tap. And Chatham Tap. Most taps.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
It would be a dream to see Ibe take a step and impress during his loan spell at Derby County.

Favorite LFC Goal?
Young Phil C’s winner vs City in the heat of the title race last year was amazing.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
We went to Soldier Field for the friendly against Olympiakos.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
Buffalo Bills since 1988 home opener….and all of the suffering since.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
My favorite central Indiana beer is Bloomington Brewing Co’s Rooftop IPA.

What makes you most proud to support LFC?
Other supporters!

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
I hope we’re part of something that endures as this beautiful game continues to gain popularity in the US. And though I’ve only attended a handful of group events, we really seem to have an incredible local following.

Thanks Ryan!

Well Indy Reds we’ve had a rough few weeks watching our Redmen play. But as always we will try and find some positives. Still in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup and even though we were bounced out of the Champions League we did drop to the Europa League. So we have that going for us. Even though the loss to united was a rough one we attacked much much better we just couldn’t get anything past De Gea. Speaking of the match from Sunday. Huge thanks to everyone that came out to Union Jack. The place was packed. It was great to see some new faces there and always good to see the trusty regulars each week. Lets keep that support going.
Tomorrow(Wednesday) ULF Podcast will have their clips up from the match since they broadcasted live from there.

Ok some Team News:
LFC will take on Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup Wednesday 2:45pm kickoff.
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Here is the press conference from BR Only injury update right now is Glen Johnson will be out for the holiday season clashes with a groin Injury. Sturridge still out. Sakho, Mario and everyone else should be good to go. Any Lineup predictions for the midweek clash?

Contrary to reports Rodgers says there was not a “Bust Up” or unrest in the team.

Sunday another huge EPL match with a primo kickoff time. LFC v Arsenal. 11am kickoff.
If you’ve never been out to UJ’s for a match these are the ones to make it to your first. Perfect start time. Food will be going, plenty of time to wake up. Another big big crowd expected at Union Jack. Lets make sure that it is full of Red before the blue of the Colts try to take over.

In OLSC news: We have a good draft of our By-Laws completed. It is one of the requirements when becoming and OLSC. So if we have anyone in the legal profession get with us so we can have you look it over to make sure everything is good(everything should be LFC sent the template over)
LFC emailed earlier this week they are still finalizing the new branding so no new scarves for a couple more weeks. The minute I get the ok the Wheels will start to turn fast for pre-orders and to get them in.
In other apparel developments. Union Jack is in the final stages of having t-shirts made that will incorporate both our logo and theirs. Once I have a picture of the final design I will post it. Pre-sale of them will be open to everyone(Trust me you will want to get the shirt on pre-sale will most likely be cheaper than getting it at pub after pre-sale ends) So you can get your Indy Reds fix before the scarfs happen. It will be a great chance to support both our local home pub and your supporters club.

If you didn’t get an email from us last week please make sure to get us your email address so we can add you to our list, will be very import for passing along big info.
Reminder if you ever have any ideas for articles or posts for the site please bring them to our attention or if you have wrote something or want to write something please let us know so we can add more content.

Thanks everyone.

-YNWA-

Nile