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!
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.
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
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!
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
Chairman Official Liverpool Supporters Club of Indianapolis