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Remember When…

Remember when we used to update this all the time? Yes it has been awhile sorry Indy Reds.

Just wanted to give everyone an update on the happenings around the OLSC.
As most of you have seen on Twitter and Facebook in a couple of week 05/23 the Union Jack Cup will be happening. This 5v5 futsal tournament at Indy Eleven build futsal court at Rhodius park will pit every supporters club that calls Union Jack Pub home. One change is the tournament will start early at 10am. This is so after we can have a viewing party at Union Jack Pub for the Indy Eleven match at 3pm
It is $10 to play(you get a shirt and some free beers and get to play in the round robin tournament)

Sign ups end tomorrow so if you still want to play fill out the form here. For those that already signed up we will be contacting you soon to get your shirt size since we have to order them Monday.

If you can’t or don’t want to play still come out and support the Indy Reds and all of these supporters clubs at the new Indy Eleven court that call UJ’s home and are helping to make it the best soccer pub in all of Indy.  It will be a fun time of drinking and watching some sport plus a fun after party at UJ’s to watch Indy Eleven take on Ottawa.
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In other news we are only 3 games away from the end of the season. So that means we need to get this Annual General Meeting(AGM) going. It is something that is required by LFC for us to hold each year, going over our past year and then future goals for the upcoming year. It is also the time when you the supporters decide on how the supporters club is run and who runs it by nominating and electing our Board.
Starting this summer through the 2016 season we will have 3 board members. If you want to nominate yourself or one of your fellow Indy Reds who you think would be a good fit for any of the 3 board member positions please do so by emailing LFCIndy7@gmail.com by 05/13. Here are the 3 board member spots below with a little bit of an overview about each position.

Chairman: In charge of making final decisions for the Supporters Club. Helping to run all of the social media accounts and helping to guide the Supporters club in the right direction by listening and acting on Indy Reds requests and suggestions. Organizing events. Communicating to LFC requests/comments/concerns.

Treasurer: Will handle all of the money(cash, paypal) transactions pertaining to the club. Ex: Collecting money for scarves/apparel, event donations, ticket requests

Secretary/Social Media Coordinator: Will record any meeting notes for official meetings of the board and then also the AGM. Access to all of the OLSC Indy social media accounts(Facebook/Twitter/Website/Instagram etc) and email will help to post in the social media channels news and updates about LFC and the supporters club(Chairman will also contribute to the social media posts) responding to questions coming in through social media and through email.

Now that our supporters club is official and we are continuing to grow and become a bigger presence in the community(hopefully for the better) it will be up to our board and supporters to work together to continue to grow and share responsibilities.
With the new board we will be able to update the site more frequently with more posts and guest articles and keep everyone updated on twitter and facebook and hopefully a new instagram account along with getting more events set up with hopefully also more LFC Indy gear.

It has been great seeing everyone come out still for the matches at Union Jack with the up and down year we have been experiencing. I TRULY believe the Indy Reds are the best fans here in Indy.

To end the post we will leave you with some Stevie G Celebrations since we will only have 3 more chances to see him in Liverpool Red.

There never will be another like him #Gerrard #Legend #Liverpool

A video posted by @mostarlfc on May 6, 2015 at 5:07am PDT

-YNWA-

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

 

 

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-

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

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
stev

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-

 

 

 

Fan Focus Chairman of the Board, No not Sinatra.

Welcome back Indy Reds to another edition of our Fan Focus. This week in honor of gaining OLSC status I thought that I would get in on the fan focus action. I added a little backstory for how LFC Indy started for those that wanted to know the story. Over the past year I’ve met quite a few of you Indy Reds and some of these questions and answers have been done in person but for those that haven’t thought I would “pull back the curtain” a little. Hope you enjoy.

Name: Nile Smith @liketheriver
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What are the origins of LFC Indy?
Well it was pretty random. I was on twitter and facebook and noticed all of these other cities had accounts set up for LFC fans(LFCNY, LFC Chicago etc) I already was tweeting about LFC related things on my account(which most of my followers didn’t like) So in September of 2013 I started a twitter account called LFC Indy. At first the whole point of it was to just tweet about LFC related things and try and get some other LFC fans together in the mornings at the bar to watch a match and talk Liverpool. Little by little more and more people started following and more interaction was happening so I looked into what it would take to get a Supporters Club started in the city. At first glance it looked like an unlikely task. Had to have at least 50 people in the group and 15 of those people had to have LFC memberships(About a $40 investment for an International Membership)
First we needed a home pub so after about a month of going to different Pubs I decided to land on Union Jack pub to be the home place. Chatham downtown would of been great but Chelsea, Arsenal & Spurs all have supporters clubs that meet there and I was kind of selfish I wanted a place to call our own, plus it is only 21+ and it is a little smaller. Chatham in Fishers almost became the choice because it is spacious and they do allow all ages but it just seemed like a long ways away. So Union Jack seemed like a happy medium. It is in Broad Ripple, they have great food and beer. They had young owners who took over and nobody else was going there.
Once that happened things started to snowball and escalate quickly(faster and more organized than I ever expected) We started getting a lot of followers on the twitter page and then LFC announced they were coming to the USA for a summer tour and wanted to interview some supporters and for some reason they picked me. The exposure we got for being on the website exploded. Around this same time Indy Eleven was getting ready to start so lots of soccer fans were together and Indy Reds starting meeting each other. More and more people wanted to be a part of it and were buying LFC memberships and we blew away the number required to become a Supporters Club. More and more people started showing up to matches and here we are today still growing. Still amazed that it grew that fast in one small year.


First LFC memory?
08/30/2003. I was a freshman in college at Baldwin-Wallace in Cleveland. I walked out into the commons room area in our dorm and there was a soccer game on. Red v Blue. It was the Merseyside Derby. I sat down and watched the match and watched LFC win 3-0. I was hooked.

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? It was the perfect match. Where I grew up in the Amish Country of Ohio(Holmes County!!) nobody really ever played or watched any soccer at all so I was never exposed to it at a young age to fall in love with it and play it. Growing up in Ohio I was brought up a die hard Cleveland Sports fan. Yes a horrible thing to do to a child as you may know Cleveland sports is sometimes nicknamed “The Factory of Sadness” Cleveland teams used to be all very good and won some championships back in the old days and then they also had lots of times where they were so so close to winning and being the factory of sadness they would come up short(The Shot, The Fumble, Red Right 88, Jose Mesa, The Decision, the list goes on) Cleveland fans though are a very proud bunch and they support their teams through the best times and the worst times and those teams are steeped in history and tradition. Long story short after I saw that first LFC match I dug into the club and wanted to know the roots/history of it. Only thing I knew about Liverpool was The Beatles were from there and I loved them. They were also Red. Which it sounds small and petty but that was a major factor. Red is my favorite color. I am an Ohio State fan so Red over Blue is something ingrained in you too. I started to see some similarities between my beloved Cleveland teams and LFC. Both had very rich histories and were at a time in the past kings of their sports, then of recent they both had chances to win but came up short but the fans always stuck by them. The more I learned about the club and the more I watched them the more I grew to love them.

Favorite LFC memory?
Lots of great memories especially here of recent. Hard to not say Istanbul though here. That will be a game that goes down in History as THE single best comeback in sports history and one of the most exciting matches of all time. So that is obviously up there. Also up there was seeing Liverpool in Chicago. I was lucky enough that I got to go see training the day before the match, so it was a great experience to see the team up close with a very small crowd and hear & see the players and coaches interact with each other and also with the fans. Will never forget we were singing a Steven Gerrard song and the one and only Stevie just looked up right as and smiled and gave the thumbs up. Getting the email that said the LFC wanted to offer LFC Indy official supporters club status will always be a fond one too.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
Have to listen to You’ll Never Walk Alone. I kiss the Liverbird on my scarf before kickoff.

Where were you during Istanbul?
I was at our home pub Union Jack. Rough rough 1st half and I was drowning myself in a few pints thinking, yep I’m destined to never see one of the teams I support win anything. Then Holy Moly, that 2nd half. I can still watch that 2nd half and get excited and cheer watching it. Had plenty of beers to celebrate and luckily I lived in the neighborhood area so I was able to make a stop at the Red Key as well to celebrate.

Favorite Current Player and Why?
Stevie G will always be my favorite player because he was one of the 1st players I watched and he has been the ultimate Liverpool player and he is freaking Stevie G you can’t put into words what he means to the club and fans. Other than Stevie, Raheem Sterling & Daniel Sturridge are two players I love to watch.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?
Bob Paisley. He seems like someone who would of been excellent to just belly up to the bar and have some beers and chat with. I’m sure he has phenomenal stories of those great teams he was associated with.

Favorite LFC kit ever?
2008-2012 Adidas Home kit was one of the best ever. Simple, clean Looked sharp. 87-89/08-09 Gray away kits were great. Then I do have a soft spot for the 95-96 Green&White Quarters away kit. I for some reason love the quarters design. Would love to see that brought back.
2009 kitquarter

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
First order of business is give myself a job with the club so when the day ends I still work for LFC.
Second order of business is make sure LFC tour the USA in 2016 & have a stop in Indy.
Third open up a USA based academy in Indy. To home grow some players from the USA to join LFC in the future. Bring over some former players Rush, Barnes, Fowler to be coaches/advisors.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
Twitter mostly. Liverpool website, This is Anfield.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?
Celebrating with quite a few pints and a pizza at Union Jack. Then once I get home Chips, Salsa, Queso, Quesadilla A La Diabla from Fiesta Ranchera. More pints. Then next day more celebration with meal downtown.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Before season started it was Ibe, but then we sent him on loan. He was a fun one to watch in training in Chicago. Emre Can was a player I want to see play some more. He is just a big bull who is fun to watch.

Favorite LFC Goal?
So many great goals. Long strikes by Stevie, that chip from Suarez v Norwich. One goal that I really liked that I always think of is Daniel Sturridge v Stoke in December of 2014. Ball got played into Studge in the box he hits it GK saves it ricochets off the post, Studge is now past the end line sees the ball, slips but gets up and bounces the ball off his head like a circus seal and then drops it to his foot and puts in the goal. It was just that determination that “I’m going to score this goal and not let up” that I loved.
Video below at the 2:00 minute mark.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
I have. When they came to Chicago I saw them train and then also watched the game the next day. Great experience. Got to meet Brendan Rodgers and he signed my scarf. Met lots of supporters and some of the other chairmen of other supporters clubs from throughout the USA. Got to sing YNWA which was great.
PROGRAM
I never expected for them to put this in the Program for the USA tour. If you were at Chicago you saw me geek out when I saw it.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
I follow all Cleveland sports(Indians, Cavs, Browns) Ohio State Buckeyes, Indy Eleven, I also follow the Pittsburgh Pirates close too, My wife and her family are from the Pittsburgh area and then the AAA team is here in Indy and I’m an Usher at Victory Field on the side so I have grown to love watching their prospects and players.
I enjoy a good beer. I still like to get out there and play some rec league softball & I played in the Indy City Futbol this past summer. When I went to veg out I have an Xbox One so you will see me playing FIFA & some RPG’s.
Other than that I am married and we have a 2 1/2yr old daughter Chaylee and as of writing this in a few days my wife will give birth to our second child a Baby Boy named River. I love spending time with our little family so that takes up majority of my time.
chay

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
Mashcraft on the Southside had a Scots Ale earlier this year that was one of the best beers I’ve had. I usually lean towards a porter or red style beer but the great thing about Union Jack is they always have a great rotating tap list so it gives you the chance to try lots of different beers.

What makes you most proud to support LFC?
The phrase “You’ll Never Walk Alone” It truly is the calling card of the club. It is that sense of community and family when you support LFC.

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
Proud that we are an OLSC and that we got it so fast. Great being able to watch matches and interact with so many different people in the city.
Thanks everyone again for helping us get to official status.

Reminder Saturday 7:45am kickoff. Get to Union Jack for the match to celebrate us becoming an OLSC. I will be bringing in donuts for the early morning match. UJ’s will obviously have the beer and coffee flowing. Should be a good crowd there since we are playing the team that is easy to hate(and for good reason) CFC.  All ages welcome. Get out there and meet some of your fellow Indy Reds and kick your weekend off right with some Indy Reds and 3 points.

 

 

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
scarf
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