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
We started to get some more followers on twitter and Then some major news was announced:
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.
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
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”
Big 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.
After training Brendan Rodgers was top class and walked the entire length of the field and met and greeted and signed things for everyone.
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.
(Crappy picture but good looking group)
During that halftime group picture someone mentioned that I should check out the matchday 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
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.
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.
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