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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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

 

Fan Focus. Pumpkins for days.

Welcome back to another edition of Indy Reds Fan Focus. Up this week is Jordan. He is one of our Indy Reds who is what seems like every single match he is at Union Jack. You’ve probably seen him there or with the Slaughterhouse 19 folks during Indy Eleven matches also. In honor of Halloween this week he seemed like a good choice to be featured. Take it away…

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Name: Jordan Green

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
I didn’t grow up with the sport, so I had to come into it on my own. It was when I was 16 during the 2006 World Cup that I really started watching it, and I was hooked. The USMNT was an obvious choice, but I knew I had to find a club in the EPL. During my research on the different clubs’ history and players, I came across Robbie Fowler, who had just returned to Liverpool after five years. His nickname of “God” was the first thing that stood out to me about him, so I started watching clips and reading about him. What really made me fall in love though is the “eating grass” incident during the Merseyside derby in 1999.
fowlerShort story for those of you that don’t know; Everton supporters had started a rumor about Fowler saying he was doing cocaine, so after he scored his second goal of the match, he ran over to the touch line and dropped down to “snort” the white line. That’s when I knew I was going to be a Liverpool supporter for life.

First LFC memory?
One of the first memories I have is from when I first decided to really follow Liverpool and watch as many matches as I could. I had stayed the night over at a friend’s parent’s house back in high school, and brought my laptop with me so I could wake up for the 7:30 AM match and stream it. I don’t remember exactly who we were playing, but it had been a close match and when we finally scored the winning goal in second half stoppage time, I couldn’t hold in my excitement. Woke up the whole house, and they thought I was crazy!

Favorite LFC memory?
February 6, 2011 in London. It was El Niño’s debut for Chelsea. I was at my Army training that Sunday for a yearly physical which was happening during the match, but I of course had my smartphone out the entire time watching it. It was scoreless for most of the match until Meireles slotted in a Stevie G cross in the 69th minute. I was in line to have my blood pressure taken when it happened, and when it got to me, the machines couldn’t register any sort of a pulse I was so excited. Even an hour after the match the machine couldn’t register a pulse. Yeah, I may have been a bit bitter that he left us.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
The only one I really stick to for every single match is listening to You’ll Never Walk Alone. It has to be played.

Where were you during Istanbul?
Unfortunately, I hadn’t gotten into the sport at that time, so the only thing I really knew about Istanbul was that it wasn’t Constantinople. Although, I have watched the replay of that night several times, and you know I will be seeing One Night in Istanbul when it makes its way over here.

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Favorite Current Player and Why?
This is a tough question; our squad is extremely likable right now. It has to be Captain Fantastic, Steven Gerrard though. The things he can do with a football are just absolutely incredible, and he has given his all for this club. This man deserves the league title more than anyone else, and I’m confident we can give it to him before he’s done.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? Robbie Fowler. He seems like he would be a great guy to hang out with and just talk about whatever. I’d love to ask him how Houllier came up with the “Cameroonian grass eating celebration” defense for his “Snorting the end line” celebration I mentioned earlier.

Favorite LFC kit ever?
The 83-85 kit is one of my favorites, which is the one Warrior based their last kit on. It did make for an interesting ensemble when they played away to Watford wearing the red home top, yellow away socks, and black shorts from the away kit from the previous year.
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You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
Put all of our money into getting Flanno back into the squad, I’ve been missing him. Seriously though, I would just enjoy being able to walk about wherever I wanted and interact with all the players. If there was something I would think about changing, chances are BR has already thought about it and knows what’s best.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
I know Twitter seems to be the preferred method here, but I usually get all of my info on Facebook. Empire of the Kop, LFC News, Liverpool FC official page, Liverpool Echo, NBC Sports Soccer, The Sport Bible posts some pretty good videos, and of course LFC Indy!

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?Dinner? Probably whatever I drunkenly decide after celebrating all morning at UJs! If I even remember to eat, that is.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
I’m still excited to see what Super Mario can bring to the table once Sturridge is fit and able to help him out. I’m really hoping they link up better than he is with Sterling. As far as our young players, Coutinho is someone I’ve always had my eye on, and I really think he will grow as a player this season. He needs to step up and make things happen.

Favorite LFC Goal?
Way too many, but one of my favorites that I have seen is a goal by John Aldridge against Arsenal in 88. The actual goal wasn’t anything too complicated, but the buildup and work that went into it was fantastic.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
Chicago this summer was the first time I had seen them. It was fantastic, even if it was Americanized a bit. The only real disappointing part was when the announcer came on in the middle of You’ll Never Walk Alone at the beginning and the crowd singing wasn’t loud enough to drown him out. I have already decided I will be going to Berlin if we make it to the CL finals.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
Supporting five different football clubs takes up a lot of time, but I do enjoy supporting the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL and our Indiana Pacers in the NBA. I also try to play every week with some of the Indy Eleven supporters. Non-sports related, I have taken up filmmaking with a focus on Horror and I also brew my own beer! (Eavan, you might get your wish for a Red IPA)

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Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
That’s the hardest question you’ve asked yet! Indianapolis has an amazing amount of delicious local beers to drink, and the Union Jack always has something good on tap! A few of my favorite local breweries though are Flat 12, Triton, and Black Acre. I’m always down to talk about some good beer, too!

What makes you most proud to support LFC?
For this team right now, the player mentality. We have an amazing group of guys out there that really want to win, and not just for themselves. I think we are really going to see that mentality put to good use this season.

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
Having an awesome group of people to watch the matches with! Before I met Nile, a lot of times I would be the only one at the Union Jack in Broadripple there to watch the matches, and I would sit at the bar by myself{Editors Note: This is true, there was some matches pre LFC Indy where it was just two maybe 3 of us sitting at the bar at 7:30/8am watching at UJ’s}. Slowly more people started coming to watch with us, and it is extremely satisfying to see how the group has grown in a year! A huge shout out has to go to Jay and Chelsey for all of the hard work they have done with the Union Jack and everything they have done for both LFC Indy and the Indy Eleven supporters group, Slaughterhouse-19, not to mention the amazing display they put on during the World Cup!

Thanks Jordan!

LFC News:
Well we didn’t get the result we thought we were going to get or what we wanted v Hull on Saturday 0-0 draw. Couldn’t convert any chances. On the plus side we are still sitting fine in the league table 2 points out of 4th 3 points out of 3rd so it could be worse. It was a beautiful day outside on Saturday and we had a really nice crowd show up at Union Jack. A lot of new faces(and some familiar ones too) so that is always good to see that the support and awareness is still growing and this thing we are doing here is working.
swansTuesday we have a Capital One Cup match v Swansea. The Aqua Bird Battle. The Rodgers/Allen v old club storyline. Match is at 4pm. It is on BeIn Sport. Will be interesting to see what squad we throw out there for it since we have 3 tough matches in 7 days after this before surprise surprise another  International break(Newcastle on Saturday, Real Madrid Tuesday then Chelsea Saturday)

As I’ve mentioned before as we move into November our Chairmen Nile won’t be able to do quite as much hands on with the Supporters Club with his Baby Boy coming mid month, so if any of our Indy Reds can or want to help out with the Twitter or Facebook posting(especially on matchday) or the blog let me know it would be a big help.

With Halloween this week it is acceptable to go Full Kit Wanker and dress up/cosplay as an LFC player.

YNWA

-Nile-

Fan Focus: From Yinzer to Indy Red. Spanish Invasion.

Welcome back Indy Reds to another edition of the crowd pleasing Fan Focus.

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Name: David K Hall aka “Deak”

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
A slow combination of factors. My first exposure to the team was back home in Pittsburgh. A local sports talk guy was a huge LFC fan, sometimes watching matches while on air and even ending his daily show with a sound bite of the Anfield crowd belting out YNWA. At that point in the early 2000’s I was a big sports fan, but did not really have any soccer team to support. As I grew to love watching US Soccer, I realized I needed to follow the sport more closely. After the 2010 World Cup and by that point moving to Indy, I had made friends with people who played soccer and we’re into Manchester United. Something about that Bandwagon didn’t quite fit, and I met another friend who was a Liverpool fan. So I basically just decided… I will follow Liverpool and I have never looked back!

First LFC memory?
First memories were of slowly watching when I could. I am an Air traffic Controller and I normally work weekends and until NBCSN took over I could rarely see a live game. But I was always keeping an eye online for scores, and watching for that Red Liverpool block in the table at Union Jack’s every time I went in there. First real jumping up and down “that’s my team” moment; The Suarez bite game, not for that though. But for finding a way to level it up in the 96th min against Chelsea. I was at work in the break room trying to convince my coworkers how exciting of a team they were, and on that day they were.

Favorite LFC memory?
I would have to say seeing them live this summer in Chicago and New York. Meeting Fans from all over the world, singing the songs on the Subway, and witnessing two big wins! And how could I forget… Singing YNWA for the first time with the Chicago Kop.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
Whether I have to work or if I can go to U J’s, I try to leave the game on for my dog Dozer. He is also quite the fan, at least that’s what I tell myself. It was really working well last season. Although, if this current trend continues, I’ll have to start leaving him with Cartoon network instead.
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Where were you during Istanbul?
The game certainly wasn’t on my Radar back then, I do remember being on a trip to Europe in ’05 and seeing Amsterdam Arena. I said to myself “someday I will go to a soccer game in Europe!” Now I know what stadium I will go to and I can’t wait to make that trip. I have watched highlights and replays, what a game that was.

 Favorite Current Player and Why?
Gotta go with Gerrard. Obviously for everything he means to LFC and being the heart of the team. Also watching him warm up in Chicago was amazing, they all had great power. But, there was just something else when Stevie kicked it. I hope I can make it to Anfield before he is done.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?  So many characters to learn about with this club. Historically I would say Shankly. I know you said one, but I would also love to hang out for night with Balotelli and hear what that dude is thinking. Dinner with Shankly then go Party with Super Mario.

Favorite LFC kit ever?
I’ll go with the Adidas Carlsberg second version without the single white lines on the front.

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
Besides enjoy being rich…Get everyone in a room together and make sure everyone is committed to getting it back together this year, I’m sure they’re trying, but tough to watch sometimes this year. Tell them I Believe they can win the League, so let’s go do it!

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
Of course everything the good people of LFC Indy put out there. Also various twitter feeds. Websites, Cable TV, & membership emails.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area? Hang out with the rest of the Reds at Union Jack’s. Then migrate to my usual spots to keep it going into the night , Sinking Ship, 20 Tap, Alleycat, my porch.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Jordan Ibe, he looks like he could be a beast!

Favorite LFC Goal?
The one I saw live by Sturridge right in front of me at Soldier field, that moment was amazing. So many others to pick from, but I’ll never forget the first live goal.
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Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
Yep, twice this summer in Chicago and NYC, But I’m on a mission to go to Anfield!

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
Ice Hockey, cycling, starting to dabble with golf, and trying to stay active in general. I have been playing drums for 20 years. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh for 27 years, I follow all my teams back home.

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Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
As far as local goes, I like to change it up and try different things. I’m looking forward to the pumpkin beers coming out. All time regional favorite is Three Floyds Zombie Dust!

 What makes you most proud to support LFC?
It is truly a worldwide fan base. I learned that more than ever this summer traveling to the preseason games. There are more of us then you think out there too. More often than not, when wearing some LFC gear you will get recognized. Growing up and being a Steeler fan (sorry, I know most of you won’t like that.) I was amazed that you can go to any city and find a Steeler bar. But, with Liverpool it’s even bigger! People treat you almost like a family member and the support and passion for the club is always impressive.

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
Meeting new LFC fans and having a place to go in Union Jack’s where you know the sound will be on for the game. I don’t remember ever being the only red there even for Midweek games. Because of my schedule, I can rarely make weekend games. It is always a great time when I have been able to get there. I can’t wait to see this thing grow and become part of an official supporters club! And I will definitely say, I appreciate what Nile and everyone else are doing with LFC Indy. Keep it up! I’ll see you out there. YNWA

Thanks Deak!

LFC News:

HOLY COW!! How about that match on Sunday v QPR! Crazy last 6 minutes of the match. Joy and heartbreak and joy rollercoaster ride.

If you were at Union Jack on Sunday the reactions were great. Who else had some great reactions that were very similar. Redmen TV. Video is NSFW because of language. But it is a very real representation of how a lot of fans reacted. Pretty hilarious to see. Redmen TV always have some quality videos.

 

As you may have heard, we have a lot of games in a short amount of time. One of those matches will be tomorrow Wednesday at 2:45pm and it is two European Heavyweights. LFC v Real Madrid at Anfield in the 1st leg of their champions league group match. This is why you want European nights. Big match ups like this. It will be a hard and challenging match but you know how that Anfield crowd can be. It can push our players to play better than they should and it can make the other team play worse than they should. LFC and Real have met 4 times. LFC have never lost to the Los Blancos. Let’s keep that trend going. It is nights like this that legends and heroes and stories are born. One good news for the Reds is the dangerous Gareth Bale has been ruled out for the match.
If you are able to take a late lunch or have an appointment etc get out to Union Jack Pub for the match 2:45pm kick off. After that we’ll see you on Saturday 10/25 at 10am for kickoff v Hull and continue the climb up the table.

YNWA
-Nile-

 

 

 

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. Reds invade Switzerland

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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks Joe!
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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.

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-

Red Tardis. Derby Week.

Welcome to Derby Week Indy Reds!!! We’ve got another really good edition of The Red Tardis in store for you today. It went over really well last week, looks like you guys really enjoyed it. So I will let Indy Red Bryan take it away…

 

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Welcome again to another edition of the Red Tardis, a vehicle for Indy Reds to examine the incredible history of LFC… and what a week to have a Tardis handy – Derby Week! European nights may have more glitz and glamour, matches against Manchester United more important when it comes to league titles or comparing silverware totals, but no match is quite like Liverpool v Everton. It is the longest running top flight derby match in England, having been contested every year since 1962. The first match between these rivals? October 13, 1894.

 

Longevity is not the Merseyside Derby’s only claim to fame however. It is one of the only European derby matches without total seating segregation. Reds and Blues alike will be mixed in all over the ground. Families commonly have a mixture of Blues and Reds, and despite the immense passion displayed during the match and throughout the season, generally Reds and Blues get along like no other rival supporters in any major league in the world. Although that seems a bit hyperbolic, the match was called “The Friendly Derby” for decades. More on that later. Recently, the match has intensified, with more red cards than any other match in the Premier League era.

This Saturday will mark the 223rd Merseyside Derby, including leagues and cups. Liverpool has 89 wins, Everton 66, with 67 draws. Liverpool have outscored their Stanley Park neighbors 312 to 255. The two clubs are true neighbors, with the two grounds nearly within sight of each other.

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Into the Red Tardis then, but to which fixture? Dozens of Merseyside Derby’s have produced memorable moments such as the 1984 League Cup Final, when Reds and Blues all over the Wembley chanted “Merseyside! Merseyside! Are you watching Manchester?”

How about the 1999 home match when Robbie Fowler, responding to tabloid press rumors of drug use (presumed at the time to have been started by Evertonians) scored in front of the main Everton section and celebrated his goal by pretending to “snort” the white end line next to the goal. TWICE!
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He received a 6 match ban and was fined £32,000. Manager Gerard Houllier gave the farcical explanation that Fowler was mimicking a “eating the grass” celebration Fowler learned from Cameroonian defender Rigobert Song. Whatever Gerard.

Ian Rush once scored four goals in a 1982 match at Goodison Park, and that feat became part of the lyrics of “Scouser Tommy” which is still sung today, commemorating that memorable 5-0 thrashing.

If you have never seen Gary McAllister’s free kick in the 2001 match at Goodison Park, stop what you are doing and YouTube it right now. It’s an astonishing piece of improvisation and millimeter perfect placement – from more than 40 yards, in the 90th minute. One of the greatest LFC goals of all time.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that despite all the heated rivalry between these two clubs, an immeasurable amount of respect is in place here. Families separate for 90 minutes and then immediately join up again. Same with spouses, mates, co-workers, etc. Everton’s support after Hillsborough in 1989 is certainly the best example of the unique relationship between the two, and the LFC has not only thanked the Blues recently with a Kop card mosaic before a match, they invited Everton manager Roberto Martinez to speak at the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Ceremony. Speaks volumes.

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But the Red Tardis today takes us to what is probably the greatest Merseyside Derby of all time, the 1989 FA Cup Final.

Liverpool won the re-arranged Semi-Final against Nottingham Forest after the match at Hillsborough was tragically abandoned, and found Everton waiting for them at Wembley. John Aldridge put the Reds ahead with their first attack of the day. That lone goal appeared to be a cup winner, until the Blues scored in the 90th minute and thousands of Evertonians invaded the Wembley pitch in jubilation/disbelief. Have you ever watched a match that was 1-0 in the 90th minute end up 3-2? This one did, and it rightfully holds the top spot when ranking Merseyside Derby moments. Liverpool fans get their time to invade the pitch as well. With the death of the 96 still fresh in everyone’s mind, this match was unforgettable for many reasons. Enjoy, YNWA. Bryan @BryanSTL

Thanks Bryan! Great Stuff again! Derby is always a great match.

Yesterday LFC opened up their Capital One/League Cup journey v Middlesbrough. 17 year old Jordan Rossiter on his debut opened up the scoring.

What a great moment for the local young kid who started off in the U-6 academy with LFC.
Boro though would pull one back and it was tied 1-1 after 90min. Suso would score in extra time but then surprise surprise Boro equalized again in Extra time. So Shootout time.
Yes 14-13 on penalties, crazy! Even Mignolet scored. Kolo had a rocket too.  LFC move on to the next round. Hopefully that energy comes back quick for some of the boys for the Derby Saturday.

Hopefully LFC can get their defensive woes sorted before this weekend and the upcoming Champions League match. Early kickoff time 7:45am Indy Reds. Get out to Union Jack Pub to support your Redmen and to support the fine owners at UJ’s who are nice enough to wake up early on a weekend and open their business so that we are able to all congregate together and watch some Poetry In Motion. So get out there and pack Indy Anfield and get your weekend started right with LFC getting 3 points.

I apologize for the lack of match updates last weekend for the West Ham match(I’m sure you were happy about it since it was a crap game anyway) I was out of town with my family and didn’t have a backup in place for the match.

 

YNWA

-Nile-