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The Final Walk.

This Saturday Steven George Gerrard will for the final time walk out of the tunnel at Anfield for a competitive match in Liverpool Red.
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Yes it is starting to sink in that the man who has been the face and heart of Liverpool for the last 17 years, this is it for him.
For many people Stevie G is one of the reason they became a Liverpool fan. For some like myself he is the reason I fell in love with this game we watch every week and invest so much time and emotion in.
It is hard to put into words what Steven Gerrard has done for Liverpool Football Club and the game of soccer.
My best response right now is: Thank You. I sincerely thank you Steven Gerrard. You have provided some amazing memories over the years that myself and millions of others will never forget. The goals, the passes, the celebrations. Thank You.
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So even though this season didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, come out to Union Jack Pub this Saturday perfect kickoff time of 12:30pm and celebrate with all of the Indy Reds the last home match Stevie G will have at Anfield.
Since it will be a packed house at UJ’s we will be able to take a quick video and send it to NBC for their montage they are looking to do next week for his last EPL match.
If you are on our email list you know what we are talking about. If you don’t I will post the email we(and the other supporters clubs) received from one of the producers at NBCSN. If you can please make your own personal videos also to send in so they can get a lot of content to make a video to send off Stevie G from us American fans.

Hey there Indy Reds!! Below is a message that one of the producers of the NBCSN broadcast crew sent us. I posted this on the Facebook page and we had some responses and ideas.Apparently they didn’t get to many people that actually sent them anything so they aren’t going to do anything for this Saturday but they want us and everyone from the USA to get something too them so they can do it for Stevie G’s final match next Sunday.So read the email below, there is a link to send in content to them.We will try and do something on Saturday during the match to submit it and also since Indy Eleven is home Saturday even something outside there too. But on your own if you want to make a short video go for it. The more people that submit things the better so there is more content for the feature.

-YNWA-

Nile Smith

Chairman Official Liverpool Supporters Club of Indianapolis

Hi everyone,

With Steven Gerrard’s final match at Anfield set for Saturday May 16th NBC Sports will be putting together a fan based feature that we hope supporters groups and individuals alike will participate in.

This short-form feature will be part of our continuing ‘I Was There’ series, which is comprised of user-generated footage that fans shoot on cell phones/Go Pros/etc. For this particular feature we are looking for Liverpool fans to take short (15-20 sec) selfie-videos of themselves sharing their thoughts, memories and well-wishes on Gerrard and his legacy at Liverpool. We’re also interested in capturing a group chant on Gerrard (please contact me directly if your supporters groups is up for this).

If you’re interested in participating please send me the content by this Sunday night, 11p, ET. There are two ways to get the footage to me: 1) a QuickTime via email; or 2) by uploading to our FTP site (see attached). If you choose to participate please follow the following guidelines:

  • Name: include your name/group name in the email/uploaded file so we can properly identify you
  • Lights Up: shoot in good light – either outdoors or inside with the lights up (especially in bars)
  • Selfie Video: best taken by holding your own i-Phone at arm’s length (horizontally), looking into the lens and talking
  • Shoot Video in Landscape: please hold phone horizontally, not vertically
  • Avoid Profanity: if signing the Gerrard song please swap the word “shirt” for “shite”

Any questions or concerns please contact me directly. Please feel free to forward this email to other groups/Liverpool fans and thanks so much and look forward to hearing from you!

Best, Mike

I know a few folks have sent in some videos already, great job! If you’re an Indy Red and didn’t get that email then you aren’t in our listings so let us know your email address so we can get you added.

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Last bit of Stevie G news, he had is final home press conference this morning. Some great quotes in it.

In other news: Our roster is set for the Union Jack Pub Supporters Cup.
Kyle Higdon
James Box
Zach Shorter
David Higgins
Scott Stewart
Barry Ferguson
Gabe Smith
Allen Formyduval
Nile Smith
These guys will be representing LFC Indy and will be trying to bring the cup home to Indy Anfield with our name on it. Come out and support your Indy Reds and also the best soccer pub in Indy Union Jack Pub. 10am start time at the new Indy Eleven Futsal Court at Rhodius Park. It will be a fun time, plus there is going to be an after party at UJ’s for the 3pm Indy XI kickoff v Ottawa.
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Still looking for nominations for Chairman, Treasurer & Secretary for our Board. Currently we have had only one nomination and that is for Nile to be Chairman again. Really need those other two spots filled up. They are important to helping our Supporters Club grow more and for us to get more stuff done. Please if you are interested email us. As Treasurer really you just handle the Pay-Pal account and help with any transactions we will do throughout the year. Secretary is a little bigger of a responsibility as you will have access to all of our social media channels and will help post things and respond and help with the site. Chairman will also help with all of the responsibilities too. Just good to have multiple people on the board to make decisions and to help answer any and all questions and concerns and keep everyone updated.

Look forward to seeing everyone out at UJ’s this weekend then that evening at the Indy Eleven match.

-YNWA-
Nile Smith

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-

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:
cropped-2nd-logo.jpgBig fan of both designs.
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.
PROGRAM
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-

It’s Official!!!!!! Thank you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-YNWA-
Nile Smith

 

Red Tardis. Put on your dancing shoes…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YNWA
-Nile-

 

Fan Focus Kids Edition. International Break

Welcome back Indy Reds, we have got a little different and special Fan Focus today. We will be featuring one of our younger Indy Reds Grant age 8. I asked Grant’s Dad Tom if he wanted to do the Fan Focus and he had the great suggestion to feature his LFC loving son Grant instead of himself. We had Tom who if you follow us on twitter I’m sure you’ve seen some pictures of a cute little kid with LFC gear on going to school, interview his son. One of their pictures actually got on the show LFC World on LFC TV. This Fan Focus will let us get a view from a younger generations perspective. For most of us we had long stretches where you might not be able to see LFC play because they weren’t on TV or you had to dig through the internet to find info and updates. In Grant’s case he has grown up in this instant information age and has always had access to the team on TV and online pretty easily. It is great to see the knowledge the kid has acquired so early and to see the Love and Passion he has for the club at a young age. Take it away guys…

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Names: Tom and Grant Paskus (@tspaskus)

Tom: I don’t think my Liverpool history is very interesting relative to the other Indy Reds profiled so far. I didn’t play any soccer growing up. Once I gave up on my hoop dreams, I ended up running cross country and track at Dartmouth College. I watched my first soccer game at Dartmouth, where some guy named Andrew Shue (Melrose Place anyone?) led our team to an Ivy League championship. The soccer bug fully took hold when I arrived at the University of Virginia for graduate school in 1990 (UVA won four straight NCAA titles during my time there) and I decided to give rec-league soccer a try. My teammates included Mia Hamm’s sister, while our arch-rivals included a woman who would end up becoming my wife. That meet-cute story involves my now-wife’s friend kicking a prone goalkeeper (me) in a “non-preferred” location. Anyway, we now have two kids, and our boy (Grant, age 8) has graduated from having his dad coach him the game to playing club soccer for FC Pride. He is a Liverpool fanatic. His life (and wardrobe and bedroom) revolves around the club and he’s pulled the whole family into Liverpool fandom. Here’s how Grant responded when I interviewed him about LFC (my commentary in parentheses):

What do you like to do in your free time when you’re not at school?
When I’m not at school I really just like to play soccer a lot and kick the ball around (yes, he’s destroying our house). I play with LEGOs sometimes and play FIFA on my Kindle.

Do you follow other sports?
I follow football and basketball a little.

You read a lot of books too. Have you read any Liverpool books?
I have a few. Mom and I just read Steven Gerrard’s autobiography together on the Kindle. I also have the Pocket Book of Liverpool, 120 Men Who Made LFC, and Liverpool the Comic Strip History (all sit by his bed).
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Who’s your favorite player on the current Liverpool team?
I really like how Lallana and Moreno are performing this season. Steven Gerrard even though he’s getting a little old maybe. (He was a big Suárez fan and has taken the loss hard.)

Who do you like among the young or on-loan players?
I’d like to see what Jordon Ibe can do when he comes back. (Affinity first developed for Ibe because Grant wears #33 for his club team.)

Besides Liverpool, what other teams do you like to follow?
I like Derby and Real Madrid some. I like Atletico Madrid a little bit even though they’re rivals of Real Madrid. And I like PSG some too. (I’m reading my edited rendition of ‘I am Zlatan’ to him at bedtime. Nightmares are now common for both of us.)

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? It would probably be Brendan Rodgers. I would just like to see what he thinks on how the season’s going and how they’re going to get better. And just like what he’s working on with them.

How about any others from the past teams you’d like to meet?
I’d like to meet Kenny Dalglish or Luis Suárez. Oh yeah, I really like how Dirk Kuyt played for us.
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How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
One day you were showing me a website where you could pick your favorite team and I read the description for Liverpool. It said if you like Bill Russell more than Michael Jordan, because he won more titles, than you probably like Liverpool. So, yeah.

You watch a lot of soccer and old videos and LFC TV – do you have a favorite Liverpool moment or goal? Well, I have one moment and one goal. My favorite moment was from last year when Coutinho scored in the game against City where they won 3-2. I just felt like we could conquer the league. And the goal was when they played Norwich at Anfield where Suárez got four goals. That one (the third goal) where he just popped it over the defender’s head, leaned his weight to one side and shot the ball the other way.

 You weren’t born yet when Istanbul happened. But you have checked out the Liverpool “Champions of Europe 2005” DVD from the Lawrence public library about a hundred times, right? It’s been in your possession more than the library’s over the past year? If somebody from the LFC Indy club wanted to watch it they’d have to come find you, right? So what was your favorite moment of the Istanbul final? I just thought it was really cool. It would have been nice if I was there when it happened. It just seemed exciting and it would have been great if you were there at the stadium. I liked the celebration by Xabi Alonso and his teammates when he got the rebound and scored off the penalty kick.

When you watch a Liverpool match do you have any superstitions?
Well, I like to wear my Liverpool shirt with you but it doesn’t always work.

No, it doesn’t always work. What do you do if Liverpool loses a match?
Run upstairs, put the blankets over my head and cry for a little while. (Boy laughs at saying that, but very true on match day. Reason he’s hesitant about us going to UJ for matches.)

You’ve learned all about the Liverpool kits—what’s your favorite?
The one I really like is the 1993-1995 home kit. The shirt had some darker red lines on it and the white stripes on the shirt and the shorts. (He’s also mentioned the old green kits previously. Like all young kids today, he likes crazy color schemes and neon anything. He actually thought last year’s away kits were cool.)

You are in charge of Liverpool for 1 day… what do you do?
I’d probably try to sharpen up the team a little bit with some new signings—maybe another center back, a striker and a goalkeeper. I’d like to get Jordon Ibe back. And work with the team on their attacking and creative play, and making good passes and touches.

Anybody you’d let go?
I don’t want to say. Maybe Glen Johnson. (He probably heard that one from his dad.)

Have you ever seen Liverpool play in person?
Yeah, I went to Soldier Field in Chicago to see the Olympiakos game. I thought it was really interesting just being around all the fans. It was fun. It would be fun to go to Anfield someday. I’d also like to go to the Stadium of Light (Sunderland).
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If Liverpool won the league, where would you go for a celebratory dinner?
I’d would probably go to Buffalo Wild Wings so I could eat lots of wings and watch the highlights again and again and again.

What makes you most proud to be a Liverpool fan?
Just what the atmosphere is at Anfield and stuff. And just how our supporters are good and how Rodgers is usually good.

Any other team that would consider you a big supporter?
Yeah, we support Indy Eleven (he’s been to most of the games and likes sitting with the Brickyard Battalion). I really like their goalkeeper, Kristian Nicht. And probably A.J. Corrado and Dylan Mares because they’re two of my coaches (at the FC Pride club).

 

Thanks Guys! Look forward to seeing you guys come out to Union Jack for a match, Don’t worry Grant we will pull out those 3 points for you!

LFC News

As you’ve probably seen this morning Dejan Lovren was injured on International Duty. Not the best way to start off the break. That leaves us with Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure as the top CB choices since Sakho is still out till the start of October and Wisdom & Ilori are out on loan.

Here is something though that isn’t as bad. Your Vice Captain Jordan Henderson with a nice little strike during England training

Congrats to Striker Daniel Sturridge on hitting 1 million followers on Instagram. If you don’t have IG it is something to get to follow players like Sturridge, Gerrard and probably one of the best “instagramers” Mario Balotelli. Here is an example of why you should follow Super Mario.

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International breaks are never fun, with always the worry of injury happening, but on this international break you do have the chance to get that soccer fix with two really nice matches.
First is on Friday night you get to see Landon Donovan in his farewell USMNT match.
Landon is one of if not the most famous and best USA players in national team history.  Here is a mockup of all of the USA shirts he has ever worn.
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Then on Saturday it is the 2nd to last home match for your hometown Indy Eleven. Hopefully they can pull of back to back home wins this week and next week. Hope the folks who won the Suite tickets to the match last time out had a good time.

Next Sunday Oct. 19th will be the first Battle of Union Jack’s. As you know the Indy Reds call UJ’s home but also the QPR supporters club also calls it home. SO make sure to get out there to fill up Union Jack’s next week and drown out those Hoops supporters. Show them why it is called Indy Anfield.

Have a good rest of the week Indy Reds. A new Fan Focus and a new Red Tardis will be up next week.

YNWA

-Nile-

 

 

 

Fan Focus. Father/Son Merseyside Derby

Hey there Indy Reds, you are in for a treat today. In honor of the Merseyside Derby tomorrow, we had to step up our Indy Red Fan Focus, and oh did we. Today we have a Double Interview, 2 Indy Reds Father(James) and Son(William). Enjoy it.

Name: James and William Sloane

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
J -For me it was my cousin Mike. Mike was who I looked up to and him being a Liverpool fan, I always wanted to be like Mike.

W – I think for me…

J – You had no choice! You were red from the day you were born

W – (Laughs) Yes I know! I don’t think I would have chosen another team anyway because I looked up to you like you did Mike, so when I came of age it was always going to be Liverpool. Hands down.

First LFC memory?
J – Wow…It would have to be ’77. We’d already won the league and won the European Cup…but lost the bloody FA Cup. Broke my heart. I cried for a week after that (laughs) But that 77 European Cup final. It was the start of something special

W -I think for me it Has to be the 2001 FA Cup final. I believe we were watching that on the internet and Auntie Sue called when Michael Owen scored and we were going nuts and it was just like…wow I could get used to this. Man that was awhile ago!

Favorite LFC memory?

J – Too many! Probably the 1979 Charity Shield match. Dad took me to the Old Wembley and it just took my breath away. 100,000 fans, me being 10 years old, and Liverpool vs Arsenal. We won 3-1.

W – Definitely too many. I think it has to be the 05 Cup Final hasn’t it? I mean it was my first big final on TV, I was off school that day. And the day itself was one of the best ever. Actually I think you took me out of school that day.

J – Ol’ Spaghetti legs!

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?

J – Laughs. Oh man.

W – The LFC Blanket has to be in the room. Banners in the window.

J – No superstitions. But definitely have to have the shirt on. Red for game day. For sure.

W – What, you mean that old raggedy 3/4 length sleeve shirt you wore for like 9 weeks straight!

J – It nearly won us the title! It’s got holes and tea stains on it…but that shirt is a charm.

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Where were you during Istanbul?

J – Unfortunately here in Indiana but watching it on our trusty cable TV! We were there in spirit

W – I’m pretty sure you picked me up early?

J- Mom wasn’t happy about that! But we weren’t missing a minute! I had to go to work, was already late but that last kick of the game Dudek saved but boy I was crying my eyes out on the way.

W- I definitely was. I didn’t really know how to celebrate. What a game what a night!

Favorite Current Player and Why?

J – Stevie G. For the player he is. His leadership and undying passion. Staying at Liverpool through the years. He is LFC.

W – I’d have agree. I grew up watching him. I emulated him as a player. Other players have come and gone that I’ve loved but Stevie has been my hero.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?

J – Damn these questions! Player – Dalglish. Manager – Bob Paisely. Dalglish was my hero. But to be able to sit down with old man Bob Paisley…I don’t even know if I’d ask him a question I’d probably be shocked and smiling. Paisley was the man during my childhood…lifting trophy after trophy.

W – I think it would have to be Gerrard/Benitez for me. Gerrard’s my hero. Benitez I have so many good memories as a fan with him. Smashing the Mancs 4-1, Real Madrid 4-0. Beating Chelski every damn time we came across them. Man…memories.

Favorite LFC kit ever?

J – Crown Paints w/ the pinstripes

W- Was that 88?

J – Yea I believe so.

W- I think I’d have to go with the 07-08 Away kit. White with the red trim. Class kit. Adidas gave us some stellar kits.

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?

J – (Laughs) Go to the bank?

W – (whispers) Sell Glen Johnson…

J – Oh my god…no SELL ASPAS.

W – (sighs) Man this is a tough question really. I think it would definitely have to the stadium issue. It’s been an issue for 20 years now. Either start the refurbishing process or build a new stadium .

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Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?

J – You haha. And LFC.com

W- Yea I like to think i’m “In the know”. But definitely their website and the Liverpool Echo website.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?

J – The Union Jack. Definitely going to the pub.

W – I like that idea…but I’m off to the airport because i’m off to Liverpool

J – (laughs)

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?

J – Moreno. Oh…my gosh. That kid is phenomenal. We have a prodigy on our hands. That goal against Spurs was just…I don’t know I’ve probably watched it 50 times.

W – Super Mario. I believe Brendan can change him for the better and harness the raw talent he has. And for 16mil that was a steal. Have to throw Raheem and Jordan Ibe in there as well, but I’ve been banging on about them the last three years. Other people finally starting to see my scouting talent 😉

Favorite LFC Goal?

J – Oh please…only one?! Nope…every goal we score. Dalglish…Rush…Barnes…Ronnie Whelan scored a wonder goal that has stuck with me. Souness scored a goal against Luton and I was in the Luton end…I yelled and then remembered I was in Luton!

W – Laughs

J – No wait…I got one…Definitely the Stevie G equalizer against West Ham. The third one. That was a thunder bolt that just came out of absolutey no where!

W- This is tough….but yea that Stevie G goal was wonderous. But if I had to pick it’d definitely be a Suarez special. Either the halfway punt or that volley against Norwich. Just phenomenal

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?

J – Quite a few times.

W – Unfortnuately not yet. But here soon that’s going to change.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?

J – Rugby Union. Love to watch Wales in the Six Nations.

W- Definitely Rugby

J – Nascar (laughs). Any motor sport really. Like Formula 1.

W – Darts!

J – Love Darts

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?

W – I don’t drink currently as I’m in season preparing for my second physique show, but when last season my go to was Scottish Wee Mac from Sun King. Pretty sure I downed a growler before 9 last season when we beat the Mancs. It was my birthday, and anytime we play them I need something to ease my mind haha.

J – I stick to Tennents. Can’t break from that.

What makes you most proud to support LFC?

J – Oh man…everything about Liverpool. The history.

W – The future

J – Words can’t express it.

W – No one else will understand until you immerse yourself in LFC. It’s unlike any of the other teams I support in other sports. I love the teams I do support in baseball and NFL, etc…but I don’t get the feeling I do like I do with LFC.

J – It’s a way of life.

Best thing about being  an Indy Red?

W – It’s growing into a good supporters club. Just proud to be a part of it and see that this club can reach all the way to Indy.

J – Being there last season for the derby and seeing the passion was great. It’s excellent being so far from home.

 

Thanks guys, pretty awesome right?!

As you know the Merseyside Derby is tomorrow morning 7:45am Kickoff. Doors at Indy Anfield Union Jack Pub will open up at 7:30. Make sure you get there, we will be giving away a couple pairs of tickets in the TCC Talk Suite for the Indy Eleven match that is happening later that night.
So if you needed another excuse to get out of bed early there it is. Head to UJ’s have a pint watch a great rivalry, get loud and wake up Broad Ripple.
Huge thanks to fine folks at TCC Talk for offering to give us tickets to giveaway. If any of you Indy Reds follow Nile on twitter/facebook/insta you have seen his pictures from when he sat in the suites, it is pretty awesome. Great View, free beer and snacks.

YNWA

-Nile-

Fan Focus-Lady In Red. Action Packed Saturday

Finally the International Break is over and we can get back into the Premier League season! To celebrate this action packed weekend here in our great city it’s another edition of our Indy Red Fan Focus. Up this week we have another of our female Indy Reds(yes the Liverpool love here in Indy is not just a boys club)

 

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Name: Ryutaro (Tomi) Makaneole
Twitter: @tominomigotchi

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? In Junior High, I had to write a paper on a Socialist. I asked my stepbrother if he had any ideas on who I could write my essay about. As a huge music lover he told me to check out Bill Shankly, “from the land of the Beatles!” So I did… I mean, you kind of can’t go wrong with the Beatles. For two weeks I learned everything I could about that man. Passed my essay and class and still could not stop reading about Shankly. I was without a doubt hooked on him. Which made me (A huge West Ham fan at the time) take an interest in the team that he had supported and loved. Took a step back from the Hammers and realized that Liverpool was for me. Proud Red ever since. They were more than just a team, they were a family and included it’s fans in this big family as well.

First LFC memory? Growing up a West Ham fan, I had watched a few LFC matches when they were against WHU. Before making the big switch, I always thought LFC had the greatest song. As I began to get more involved with LFC, the song started to have more meaning and to this day, You’ll Never Walk Alone still gives me chills. But I’ll never forget the first time it happened. As far as first LFC memory during a match… When Michael Owen scored his 100th goal with LFC vs WHU. I was 13 and blown away. I was happy for him as a key player but also happy for Liverpool as a whole.

Favorite LFC memory? Of course, ISTANBUL.!! But watching them return to Liverpool and the response from the fans was overwhelming. Imagine being there, with over 700k fellow Reds. Even from Indiana, you could feel the love and it was beautiful!! Hands down, my favorite LFC memory.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Always a pre-match FaceTime session or phone call with my footy partners in crime across the pond. My phone will be going off for hours before the match “You awake? WAKE UP! It’s match day!” Granted they are already drunk. We talk about how we think it will play out, what we are drinking, if we are going anywhere to watch it, etc. Other than that, You will never see me with my nails representing anything but LFC throughout the season. Such a girl answer, whatever. Lol.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was a junior in high school. No cool story about watching them win and getting tanked. More along the lines of last minute studying for finals, calling my stepbrother between classes, and wishing the day would go by fast.

Favorite Current Player and Why? Gerrard and Sturridge. Stevie G.! Because, well… He is literally a legend. His passion for the sport and club makes me proud to call myself a Red, and proud to call him my badass Scouse Captain. Studge.! He is just amazing. He and Suarez as a pair were fierce and unmatched. Now with Suarez being gone, I feel we will truly be able to see him rise and I am especially excited to watch him this season.! He never lets me down and always makes for a good match. Plus, his dance is tops. Lol.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? Bill Shankly. Bill Shankly. Bill Shankly. To be able to be in his presence and hear his story out of his mouth would be such an amazing moment. I’m not entirely sure what I would ask him, as I would be in awe at everything he had to say. Of course I would thank him for being such an influential figure in LFC history and give him praise on his life and all he had done. As far as the course of the conversation goes, totally go with the flow and just listen to him. See what advice he had to offer and just take in those few hours with him and truly listen to everything he had to say.

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Favorite LFC kit ever? I’m a huge fan of last seasons kit, it was just clean and sleek looking. The Liverbird on the chest and the gold looks really good on the red. The bright white on the collar and sleeves makes it stand out even more. I wouldn’t mind if they extended using the same design a bit.! My favorite kit ever, 2008 home kit. I love ADIDAS. So the ADIDAS logo on the middle as well as the triple stripes were great to look at. The full color Liverpool crest on the chest made it a definite win/win.! I would love for them to put the full crest back on the kits and would also love to see that ADIDAS logo again. Just sayin…

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? If I were Liverpool owner for 1 day, I would make it easier for fans outside of UK to make it to a home match. Possibly have a series of contests allowing a few winners from supporting countries the chance to win a home ticket including airfare and the opportunity to meet the players. It would end up being a bit costly, but I think that would be great for the loyal fans from other countries.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Before joining Twitter, I got the bulk of my LFC news from the LFC site, Friends in England, as well as a Liverpool News app. Having Twitter, it seems to come from all over the place now. Constant updates from fellow reds, official accounts of the players, LFC Indy is the reason I joined on twitter. Two thumbs up. 🙂

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area ?Get on Twitter and figure out where everyone was going, to meet up with my fellow Indy Reds! Celebrate properly, surrounded by awesome people who have the same passion for the same great club. Call off work if we got to, we just won the league. 🙂

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? I’m looking forward to watching Sterling, of course. He’s such a valuable member of the team and has a lot to offer. Also just fascinating to watch.

Favorite LFC Goal? Gerrard’s 90th min goal against WHU in the FA cup leading up to the win. Such a great match as a fan of both clubs.!

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? I’ve never been to an LFC match. I don’t think I will go to an LFC match anywhere until I see them at Anfield first. I’m a stubborn person and although I know they will be amazing anywhere, I am set on my first time being at Anfield. I just know that there would be no other way to experience it first hand than to be at home.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  Pretty busy with my two awesome kids, but I’m an avid collector of Star Wars memorabilia and pandas. I love reading and learning about different cultures. WWII History obsessed. I also enjoy helping out with charities when I can. Always a good feeling to pay it forward.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Favorite local beer would have to be Oaken Barrel’s Snakepit, Brewed in Greenwood. I love a good porter and it’s my favorite locally brewed. I am also a fan of their Indiana Amber, for those who enjoy Amber Ale.

What makes you most proud to support LFC? I am proud to be a Red because when you meet a fellow Red, you are automatically like family. Being able to have that in common with people is a great feeling. You just pick up like you’ve been friends for years. As a whole, we are a welcoming, friendly, diehard group of fans who share the same respect and love.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? Being able to build friendships with others nearby who share the same love for LFC as you.

Thanks Tomi, always fun to post these each week and learn about our Indy Reds.

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Your RedMen are back in action this weekend, Saturday 12:30 kickoff v Aston Villa. Should a pretty good match. The Villains have given us some trouble the last two times out at Anfield.
Here is Brendan Rodgers Pre-match press conference.

LFC have been hit with the injury bug of late. Out this week will be Sturridge(2-3 more weeks) Skrtel, Flanno, Can(up to 6 weeks) Johnson.

Good news…Lallana is fit to play and it looks like Hendo is a go too.
We also have a much deeper team and bench then we’ve had in previous years. Luckily we also have a little “softer” schedule over these next few weeks.
Will be good to see players like Lallana, Markovic, Lambert, Borini come into the squad and step up.

Get out to Union Jack Pub! Should be packed. If you’ve never been to Indy Anfield this is the perfect time to come out. Great kickoff time to go and get some lunch either before or after the match. Get some good food and beer in before you head down to the Indy Eleven match that evening.
Speaking of Indy Eleven looks like we are going to have quite a few Indy Reds there. Who is up for a tailgate meet up before the match? Yes we probably just got done seeing the majority of you at UJ’s but Come on out to the tailgate and say Hi to everyone and drink some good beer to get those vocal chords warmed up to cheer on your Indy XI.
Look forward to seeing Union Jacks packed on Saturday & meeting more of our Indy Reds.
YNWA
-Nile-