Welcome back Indy Reds after “didn’t go as planned” Derby Weekend to another edition of the Indy Red Fan Focus.
Name: Joe Dilling @JMDilling
How did you pick Liverpool as your team? January 2002 I took a class in college that toured Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. One of my buddies on the trip was talking soccer and how he follows Man United. I played rec soccer while I was growing up and really enjoyed it. I didn’t make a travel team right before high school, so I decided not try out for the high school team. I did a little research in internet cafés and started reading everything I could about Liverpool. I think it was mostly because they were Man U’s rival and I wanted to stick it to my friend and their shirt sponsor was Carlsberg and we had been drinking mass quantities of Carlsberg on the trip. Also, on that trip, we made a side stop in Liverpool (wasn’t planned). I got to walk the city center, saw the sights, bought the away shirt, and fell in love with the city. I really suggest a visit for anyone, not just LFC fans. The cathedrals are amazing. Since then, I’ve been hooked on Liverpool and US National Team.
First LFC memory? On that same trip we were staying in Notting Hill and my buddy and I watched LFC vs MUFC in a tiny pub near our hotel. It was packed with fans of both teams. LFC won that night at Old Trafford 1-0, courtesy of a Danny Murphy goal.
Favorite LFC memory? While I will always cherish Istanbul, to be different, I’ll choose January – April 26, 2014. It was so much fun.
Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Not really, last season was the first time I was really able to watch games. I have two young boys, 3 and 3.5 months at home. The 3 year old will be up by 7:30 so I’ll take the boys and go downstairs so my wife can get some more sleep. The 3 year old will watch a kids movie, and I’ll stream the game on the iPad, drink some coffee and try not to get too worked up. I guess that’s a tradition. A weird superstition. I won’t buy player jerseys anymore as they either get hurt or transfer. I was over the moon when LFC signed Harry Kewell. I got a Kewell jersey and he rarely played due to injury.
Where were you during Istanbul? I was at work, following along on Sky Sports tracker. I got so pissed at halftime, I turned the browser off and finished work. It wasn’t until later that I found out about the dramatic comeback and victory. I think I had it DVRed, but not certain.
Favorite Current Player and Why? It’s really hard not to go with Stevie G, isn’t it? I remember how it was the end of the world when he was going to leave for Chelsea. But I’ve been a fan for most of his career, he stayed, and I’ll always be a fan.
If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? This is tough. Obviously being such a huge fan of Stevie he’d be close to top of the list. From the stories, Fowler and McMannaman would show you a good time and be a laugh. But I really think I’d choose Carragher. He would have stories upon stories and have a good laugh.
Favorite LFC kit ever? The first “new” Adidas kits. Carlsberg was still the sponsor, they were simple (home kits). Plus, I was so happy that they got rid of Reebok because now we might finally be able to get more Liverpool stuff in Eurosport!
You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? I would end the Warrior contract and get a deal with Nike or Adidas. I might even fire the people who picked the away kits last year. The rest of the day I’d go to training and watch from a distance, have lunch with the players.
Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? I use to go to Football365.com and Sky Sports.com. But lately I’ve been getting most of my information from Twitter and podcasts. I really like the Liverpool Echo LFC, @livEchoLFC and @MostarLFC has great vids. The podcasts I listen to are UFL Podcast (there you go Gabe), The Anfield Index, LFC DayTrippers, and The Anfield Wrap. I also listen to Men in Blazers, but not for news.
LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?I’d probably be running around the house screaming, my 3 year old would join in because it looks like fun. The baby is probably crying because he’s scared and my wife is livid because of all the aforementioned behaviors. Therefore, I’d probably be eating in the doghouse that night. On the other hand, I might make an exception and go celebrate at Union Jack’s with LFC Indy.
Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Balotelli hands down. When Suarez left, we needed a striker and his name started swirling. I remembered how good he looked at Euro 2012 and thought he needed a chance. I love the fact that he can take some of the attention off of the new SAS, freeing them up.
Favorite LFC Goal? I can’t decide. Alonso chip from midfield was top for a long time. I also love it when Stevie would send in a screamer. But Suarez’s third against Norwich last year. It get’s over shadowed by the chip (which was a spectacular goal), but I still think it’s a better goal.
Have you ever seen LFC play in person? No. I wanted to go to Chicago this last summer, but with a new baby, it wasn’t in the cards. I saw Scott Carson at a US England friendly in Chicago right after Istanbul. We had corner seats by the tunnel, I yelled his name and he seemed surprised.
What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have? I’m a big fan of Notre Dame football, the Colts, and IU basketball. I’m also a member of The American Outlaws. I follow along on Twitter for the Indy Eleven games. We’ve talked about getting to a game, but not sure if it will work out this year. As far as hobbies, I love to travel and see different places. Also, I like to do stadium tours. My sister lives in Germany and once while visiting, we went to Allianz Arena in Munich. It’s a really neat place if you ever make it there.
Side Bar Story: My dad was performing a training class in Manchester. He was telling me his itinerary and it included a stadium tour of Old Trafford. I played along and did the whole, “I can’t believe you’re going to that dump”, etc. But I also admitted it’d be a neat place to see (I did mention that I’m a fan of stadium tours). He talked the guys into going to Anfield instead, took a bunch of pictures and got me a few items. Not having the slightest clue about LFC, he didn’t know what he should have taken pictures of, but it’s the thought that counts.
Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? It would depend on if they had Bier Brewery on tap. I just did Brew Bus last week and both the Mild Brown and Dark Brown are great beers. If not, I’d go for Wee Mac. I know they aren’t Indy area, but 3 Floyds Gumballhead would pair nicely with a footy match. It’s a fantastic beer .
What makes you most proud to support LFC? YNWA. I get chills every time I hear it sung. The meaning of it is still true. Also, I love the fact that former players still talk of their love for Liverpool and the fans. I don’t think you get that when this generation of Chelsea or Man City players? Maybe Kompany, but I think he married a City fan, so he kind of has to.
Best thing about being an Indy Red? I like that I feel included even though I haven’t been able to make it to Union Jacks to watch with everyone. I’ll be there on Saturday for the first time, and I’m excited. Also, thanks to Nile for organizing LFC Indy. I remember looking for a local chapter a few years ago and not finding anything.
LFC are in Switzerland to take on FC Basel tonight in another Champions League group stage match. Starts at 2:30pm. Match will be live on Fox Sports 2.
LFC will look to bounce back after that last minute heartbreaking draw in the Derby v Everton and look to improve on their last time out in the Champions League when they had to go to extra time with Ludogrets. A big away win would help the Redmen to boost their confidence and hopefully springboard them a little in the Premier League campaign and group stage of the Champions League.
If you are able to get out of work or school early head over to Union Jack Pub for the match. Always a great way to spend the afternoon at Indy Anfield with a pint and a late lunch/early dinner.
9am match this Saturday v West Brom. Get those plans sorted to get out to UJ’s for some brunch and Poetry In Motion.
Now that it is October this is the month that LFC will be reviewing our Application to become an Official Supporters Club. Keep those Prayers, Good thoughts & Vibes coming.
It is also the time that I(Nile) will need to be slowing down some on the posting and updating with the Baby Boy coming next month. If you want or are willing to help out with the blog or Twitter or Facebook, email or message us so we can keep this ship sailing and continue to grow the support and awareness here in Indy Area.
We might be struggling a little this early part of the year but this is when a fans true love of the club is tested and you can help us keep growing here in the Circle City.