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Thank You. Face In The Crowd.

Hi there Indy Reds! I hope everyone is enjoying the Klopp mania still. Bright future for LFC is coming.

The reason for the post today is after a lot of prayer and thought is to tell everyone that I, Nile Smith the founder and chairman of LFC Indy will be stepping down before the end of this year.

For those that don’t know the story of OLSC Indianapolis, a little over 2 years ago at the start of the 2013 season I started a random Twitter page called @LFCIndy. I created the page to tweet about and talk about all things LFC so I wouldn’t blow up my own timeline with it. Also I created it in the hopes that a few other passionate LFC fans would want to get together occasionally at a bar and watch our beloved Redmen play. Over the past 10 or so years that I have lived in Indy I would notice people randomly out and about with a LFC shirt on and give them the obvious shout of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone” etc  or see some people during a big match when stopping in at Chatham or UJ’s.  Little did I know how MANY of you LFC supporters were out there.

It was the perfect storm that was happening when LFC Indy was created. NBC just got the rights to the EPL and ALL matches were being shown live here in the USA.
After a few weeks of the page being active LFC started to have that magical season of 2013/2014 where we all “believed.” The amazing play by Suarez and Sturridge will be remembered for a long time.
That helped to have more eyes fixed on LFC and we gained a little bit of momentum early. Also at the time Indy was getting ready for their new professional soccer team Indy Eleven to start playing in the spring, and World Cup was coming up that summer, so excitement for soccer was pretty big in the city. In 2013 really the only 2 places to go watch a match in the morning was Chatham Downtown and Chatham Fishers. Around this time Jay and Chelsea took over Union Jack Pub and they were interested in bringing a soccer community back to UJ’s. The American Outlaws were going there for some of the World Cup qualifying matches. I reached out to Jay and asked if they would be willing to open up early and have the audio on for LFC matches and he agreed. We were the first EPL Supporters Club to call UJ’s home. It became our Indy Anfield. It was a pretty perfect match. As most of you know Chatham downtown is the home to the Chelsea, Spurs & Arsenal supporters clubs plus it is owned by a Man U fan so obviously that wasn’t going to work plus it is 21+ there and I wanted ALL to be welcome at matches. Chatham Fishers seemed like a good match since all ages would be welcome and they had the Chatham name but to be honest I live on the near southside and I really didn’t want to drive all the way up there to watch a match. Also the week I went there it was in the early stages of LFC Indy and it was an early match and only 2 of us showed up. So we landed on Union Jack Pub. It is in Broad Ripple so it is pretty easy for most to get to in the city and it is a local place and it has a unique set up inside and there were no other supporters clubs calling it home so it seemed like a great match.

Then a few things happened that I could have never imagined. LFC announced they would be coming to America during that upcoming summer and they were coming close to us in Chicago. Because of this LFC asked a few American fans how they came to love LFC and different questions about the club(If you’ve ever read one of our Fan Focus profiles on here it was basically that). Well somehow LFC contacted me and asked if I would participate. I was then featured on the LFC website and later on during that summer actually in the Matchday Program for the USA tour. That exposure made our page BLOW UP and we saw a huge jump in followers and interaction.
The next thing that helped us gain exposure was local author and celebrity John Green started to mention us & talk to us on Twitter. He has an obscene amount of people that follow him so that exposure once again sent a lot of eyes towards us.

As the season progressed we had more and more people showing up and the atmosphere that you see today at UJ’s started to take shape. I can honestly say that going to a match at Union Jack when LFC is playing(especially one of the larger matches) is one of the best places and experiences you can have in Indy without actually being inside a stadium. We have had some great crowds. The match v City in 2013/2014 season with the Coutinho winner UJ’s was a mad house. For the season opener this year we had a crazy amount of people show up.

Since then we have continued to grow rapidly. In early 2014 we were continuing to grow very fast and we made the decision to apply to become an Official Supporters Club through LFC and we were granted that status on our first attempt. We created this website and our Facebook page to go along with our main twitter page to make our network of Indy Reds bigger. We are up to 1300 followers on Twitter which is mind blowing to me and we have nearly 200 people in the Indy area who are LFC fans that we have identified on our Social Media channels. We have a wide variety of supporters. Male and Female. Young and Older. We have people who were born and raised Hoosiers to people who were born and raised in Liverpool who now live in Indy. We have fans from all over the globe that call Indy home now and are LFC Supporters. China, South Africa, Ireland, England, Mexico etc.
In the short 2 years we have existed we have had tailgate gatherings at Indy Eleven matches. Have had t-shirts made. Participated in a supporters club futsal tournament. Had Scarves made(very proud moment seeing that) We have had two of our supporters(myself & Bryan) featured on LFCTV. We have been featured on NBC Sports and mentioned by countless former players and media people. It has been a good first few chapters for us.

My decision to step down is I believe I have taken the Supporters Club as far as I can at this stage of my life and I don’t have the same amount of time to dedicate to the club. There has been some changes at my work and much more responsibility has been placed on me and I have two small children so my time I have is much more limited and I feel that I can’t take the Supporters Club to it’s next level.

The plan is to find a new chairman and someone to take over by Christmas time. If you would be interested please contact me either through email at LFCIndy7@gmail.com or message me on Facebook or Twitter. I promise to the new chairman they won’t be left high and dry. I will provide you with all the resources you need and you will have access to all of the accounts I have created and all of the contacts with LFC and I will be more than happy to answer questions and advise you along the way.

The new chairman will be in for a heck of a first year. With Klopp now our manager there is a lot of excitement around LFC and a bright bright future ahead.  Also LFC will be coming to America next summer(not official yet but there is a 97% chance it is happening) So there is even more room to grow and improve the club.

I have been blessed to be able to have the chance and time to create and grow this Supporters Club over the last two years. It has been challenging but very fun at the same time to get this off the ground and I’m very happy with where we are at today and look forward to being a fan and a supporter still and still coming out to matches. It has been great meeting so many new people and seeing the love of LFC grow in the city.

I would like to thank all of the Indy Reds for their massive support over the last 2 years and the great interactions we’ve had and the continued support you’ve shown us and UJ’s. I would like to thank a few folks individually.

Jay & Chelsea and the Staff of Union Jack Pub: Thank you for always opening up early. Even when it was a 7-8am match and it was snow out and only 3 of us showed up to watch the match. Over the last 2 years Union Jack has been turned into a go to place not just for LFC fans but all soccer fans. It is great to see a place that LFC fans can go and know they are welcome and cheer on their team and at the same time have some tasty food and drinks.

Bryan Smith & Jim Dimitri: These two guys were some of the first people on Twitter that I interacted with. They have a great knowledge and love of LFC and are just two great dudes. They were a couple of the first fan focus profiles we did. They could always be counted on to have some great match commentary and beer sharing with too.
They have helped to bring people in and organize Indy Eleven tailgates we’ve had and have always been great supporters and great stewards of the LFC Indy name around the city.

Rustin Kratz & Jordan Green: These two in the early days of LFC Indy I know I could count on no matter the match or weather or time they were going to be at Union Jack’s watching. Their early support made me want to continue with the supporters club and get more and more people out to the pub for matches. Rustin I have known for some time now, he was the first LFC fan I met when I moved to Indy. Jordan helped to bring that stadium atmosphere to UJ’s by being loud and always wanting to sing.

Once again thank you again to everyone who has followed us and who has interacted with us online and in person. We have created something special and something big and I look forward to watching the Supporters Club continue to grow and we are close to if not the biggest Supporters Club in the city(not counting obviously Indy Eleven support) I look forward to helping to select the next chairman of LFC Indy and look forward to seeing where the Supporters Club goes from here.

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

-Nile Smith-

 

Fan Focus. Red Red Wine Make You Feel So fine.

Welcome back Indy Reds!! That long International Break is finally over. Having it so early in the season is never fun.
We are back in action this weekend with a big big match v united. Before we get to some news we have a new Fan Focus for you with a new Indy Red Kristina.
Take it away…

Name: Kristina Mulry

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How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
One of my best friends in high school, Andrew, is a Reds fan, and on Sundays we’d get together for brunch. One Sunday (March 2008) he had friends over to watch the Man. U v. LFC game, and invited my twin sister, Ali, and I along. It ended up being an infuriating game, but from then on we were both hooked.

First LFC memory?
The Man U. v. LFC game on March 23, 2008, which was an absolute nightmare of a match for a Reds fan. After 1 United goal in the first half, Mascherano got a second yellow card, threw a fit and had to be escorted off the field, leaving LFC a man down. In the second half, Ronaldo and Nani scored within 2 minutes of each other, cementing a 3-0 win for United. Though I suppose my first Liverpool memory would have been singing ‘Who the fuck is Man United?’ before the game began. That’s better.

Favorite LFC memory?
Gotta be seeing the Reds play live! Particularly, singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before the 2014 Liverpool v. Olympiakos game in Chicago.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
Nope, maybe I should start some. Open to suggestions.
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Where were you during Istanbul?
In the 8th grade. Haha.

Favorite Current Player and Why?
Probably Martin Skrtel. He got pretty severely injured in one of the first LFC games I ever watched, which was a brilliant comeback 3-2 victory over City. They were down 0-2 at the half and really pulled it together after Skrtel got hurt. I remember being really excited for his return, and have been a huge fan of his ever sense. He’s the rock of LFC’s defense, and one of the only Reds that’s been around since I first became a fan! Plus, I like his tats.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?
Jordan Henderson, from the current squad. I bet he’d have really interesting things to say about the club, the players, how it’s run, being captain, and national team. Doesn’t hurt that he’s good looking either. Obviously I wouldn’t turn down dinner with Gerrard, and would definitely have to go with Paisley for LFC managers.

Favorite LFC kit ever?
2009-2010 3rd. No significance, I just like them!
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You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
Go to Anfield and watch whatever’s going on that day. And then chill with the squad, obviously.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
LFC’s website, walkon.com, LFC’s Twitter

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?
Union Jack’s, of course! Or wherever the rest of the LFC fans are.

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

Favorite LFC Goal?
Probably the first of Suarez’s 4 goals against Norwich City in December 2013. It was a 40 yard strike and it was beautiful.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
Yes! I was lucky enough to get to see the reds with my sister when they came to Chicago last summer to play Olympiakos.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
I’m in medical school, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for sports or hobbies. But I love to cycle and ride my horse, George. I also collect vinyl records and love craft beer/wine.
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Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
Danny Boy’s Training Day. Seriously, if you haven’t had this delicious APA, it’s one of the best in the country. If you’re looking for something a little lighter – Yellow Dwarf from Quaff On!

What makes you most proud to support LFC?
The cohesive nature of the fan network and commitment to the team. It doesn’t matter what kind of year LFC is having, the fans are always there. Regardless of where you’re from, what you do, etc, if you’re a LFC fan, you’re automatically a friend. I love that about this club.

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
Having a group of awesome people to enjoy an incredible sport with. I’m so happy to have found such an wonderful group to cheer on the reds with!

Thank you so much Kristina, great to have another Lady Indy Red it isn’t just a big boys club.

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Alright as I’m sure you know there is a massive match this weekend. LFC v united. 12:30pm Kickoff. Union Jack is going to be packed to the ceiling with both sets of fans. I would suggest getting there early to get a good spot. Be prepared for both the bar side and restaurant side to get filled up. Might turn into some Standing room areas in some parts of the pub.

The ULF podcast will be at Union Jack Pub also recording Live. Indy Red Gabe Smith is the Liverpool side of the podcast. Try to jump on the Mic. There will obviously be some banter going on with this being a big rivalry match but remember we are an Official Supporters Club and need to represent LFC globally so don’t go to overboard.
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Some quick team and OLSC news
Daniel Sturridge is back in full training. Great news for Red fans. Doubt he will make an appearance Saturday but awesome news that he is back at it and we will see him and that dance soon.

If you purchased a scarf and haven’t picked it up yet you will be able to on Saturday during the match.

Look forward to seeing another packed house at Union Jack on Saturday. We have had great attendance so far for the matches this year, keep it up. Drown out those united bum supporters who show up. It is Indy Anfield for a reason.

YNWA

Welcome Back, National Celebs, Fan Focus

Welcome back Indy Reds!! Apologies for the long delay in-between posts. Starting now we look to correct that and give you fine folks some more content more regularly. Since we would like to expand the site and update it more often, if you are a writer or enjoy it and would like to write any articles such as pre or post match previews/reviews or player profiles or even last year we had a few Red Tardis articles that were fun. Anything LFC related feel free to email us or get at us on social media and we will get it going.
You may have noticed a couple changes, the biggest one being we bought the domain name for our website LFCIndy.com, so it is much easier to remember and get to and share.

Before we splash back in with our favorite kind of post the Indy Red Fan Focus we had a something very unexpected happening. If you haven’t heard or seen yet, we were featured on NBC Sports live broadcast here in the USA during halftime of the LFC v Arsenal match.

THAT JUST HAPPENED!!!! Yes that was you the Official Liverpool Supporters Club of Indianapolis. The Indy Reds live on NBC with the sweet sweet narrating from the one and only Rebecca Lowe. MASSIVE exposure for the supporters club and also for our Indy Anfield Union Jack Pub.
We are posting this 2 days after and We still get a giant smile on our faces and we’re still in amazement that this happened. A big thank you to all of the Indy Reds who over the last 2 years have helped to grow and shape our Supporters Club. Well Done!

Alright, we are bringing back one of mine and I think most of you folks favorite part of our site the Indy Red Fan Focus. If you are new to us you can see all of the previous features here on our site.
Basically it is pretty simple, I ask you a bunch of questions and you answer them then we feature you on our site so our Indy Reds can get to know each other better and how they came to love the greatest team in the world. First up for the new season is one of the MANY as I’m finding out “ExPats” here in Indy. Daniel.
Enjoy!!

Name: Daniel Preece

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How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
They were one of the first teams I completed in the old Pannini soccer sticker albums back in the late 80’s in the UK and a certain John Barnes was mesmerizing to watch as a 7 year old boy so I chose the Reds and have never regretted it.

First LFC memory?
Probably when we beat Palace 9-0 back in the late 80’s. In the UK they are not allowed to show the games live on a Saturday for a 3pm kickoff. I remember being sat in my parent’s car whilst they were grocery shopping with my brother listening to the live First Division games (as it was back then pre-premier league). We just kept guessing how many more goals would come after six and how the commentators would be utterly amazed with each and every goal. I still remember the papers the next day with a big shot of Peter Beardsley. Being so young I did not appreciate the feat at the time.
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Favorite LFC memory?
Istanbul – nothing comes close. The way we got there, the way we came back from the dead, once in a lifetime stuff. It will take something very special to top it.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
When I went to Anfield on the drive up I would always play my ‘This Is Anfield’ CD to get a good sing song going. Apart from that the usual advice you give to the players while you watch the TV (like they can actually hear you!).

Where were you during Istanbul?
At my mother’s house as she had the biggest TV to watch it on!

Favorite Current Player and Why?
If you would’ve asked me this a few months ago I would’ve said Steven Gerrard. Now he’s gone my favorite is Emre Can. He’s versatile and tenacious and can beat a man when he needs too. He reminds me a lot of Mascherano but with more goals in him.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?For me and my generation it would have to be Steven Gerrard. He’s a great role model and a down to earth person. It would be great to see how he is away from football and how he dealt with all of the pressure of being such an icon for so many people for so many years. Plus we both moved to America from the UK around the same time, so we have something in common – although he can buy the beers as he earns more than me!

Favorite LFC kit ever?
For personal reasons the grey away kit for the 2008/09 season. My Grandmother got me my first kit, which was the grey ‘Candy’ shirt for the 1988/89 season as a birthday present twenty years earlier, so it struck a chord with me when the club based it on that shirt.
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You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
I would like to have a kick about with all my mates on the hallowed turf of Anfield and book a pre-season game here in Indianapolis vs the Indy Eleven!

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
Always the clubs official site and the BBC football website. Occasionally twitter for the gossip.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?
I would probably drive around the city with my scarf out of the car or scream out loud in the front yard for a few hours first before I went out! Of course it would be at the Union Jack with fellow supporters as no-one else would know why I am so happy!

dan

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Jordan Rossiter. Jamie Carragher was talking him up a few years ago so I took an interest in him and I am glad he has progressed as far as he has done. Liverpool needs a local lad in the team and Jordan has great composure and seems unfazed by being in the first team squad. Hopefully he gets some game time this season so he can show what he can do and push on from there.

Favorite LFC Goal?
So many to choose from, a difficult question! It has to be Gerrard’s pile driver against Olympiacos. Without that goal there would’ve been no Istanbul, no 5th European cup – enough said.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
Plenty of times! I have done the full house of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup, Europa League and even the Community Sheild. I lived in Reading in the UK which is just outside London and only a 4 hour drive away from Liverpool. So as soon as I was old enough to drive that was it. I even was lucky enough to see the Reds at the Millennium Stadium. When Reading were promoted to the Premier league that also helped me out with going to an away game!
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What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
Apart from soccer I like rugby and I used to do a lot of running which I am keen to get back into. I like to give most sports a go to be honest so I will probably give all of the big American sports a try.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
I am still new to the area so am a baby in the beer tasting stakes. I enjoy a Sam Adams and I know that’s a Boston thing (sorry). I am still waiting to be educated!
What makes you most proud to support LFC?
The history and the passion of the club and the family feel it has. I don’t think any other club can match us for it. No matter who plays for Liverpool, if they give 100% for the shirt they will be supported and remembered by the supporters for their efforts.

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
For me being new to the USA and a ‘limey’ I would have to say the enthusiasm of the group. When I went down to the Union Jack for a game recently I found the people there very friendly and welcoming. I have to give a special mention to Nile as I bombarded him with lots of questions when I found out I was moving to the area and he has been very supportive.

Thank you Daniel! It is always great to see the perspective from someone not from the USA. If you enjoyed this feature be sure to go back on the site and read the other Fan Focus that we’ve had all of them are top notch. If you’d be interested in being featured let us know and we will get you up there. We have some really good ones on the horizon this year.

Alright on to some Supporters Club and Team news.

The Scarves were a huge hit, we are completely SOLD OUT. I believe Union Jack is also sold out of the scarves and also the t-shirts we had last year. If we have enough interest we might do another pre-order of scarves. As a heads up we have to order a minimum of 50 scarves & its $500. Our chairman and board don’t have that kinda dough laying around so we would have to do a pre-order. If we can get 25 people to pre-order scarves again we will order more.
We are in the process of working with Union Jack to see about a new t-shirt for this year since we had to retire the old logo.

Need some input from you Indy Reds too, As we are going into our 3rd season/2nd year in existence & 1st overall year as Official we would really like to start trying to give back to the Indy community. If anyone has any ideas on how we can do that let us know. We are thinking of possibly doing a food drive for someone like Second Helpings here in the city during one of big matches this fall, or maybe a coat drive for the winter time.
As always if you ever have any suggestions or questions about the Supporters Club feel free to email us LFCIndy7@gmail.com or comment on any of the posts on here or facebook/twitter.
Speaking of Facebook and Twitter. Be sure you are following us on Twitter @LFCIndy and like our page on Facebook and also join our Facebook Group. The group page allows you guys to post things and it is a good place to talk about all things LFC.
Last bit of club news, if you’re active on Twitter and like to post things about LFC, be sure to hit up our friends at the ULF Podcast(you can find them on twitter and Facebook) they are looking for someone to post LFC news and updates for them on their Twitter page.

Some quick team news.
Troubled striker Mario Balotelli has gone out on loan back to AC Milan
Young gun Harry Wilson(youngest person to ever appear for Wales) has gone on loan to Crewe Alexandra
Daniel Sturridge is back in England after rehabbing in Boston for quite a while, look for him to try and get fit for the united match 09/12.

Look forward to seeing everyone out at Union Jack Pub Saturday for the match v West Ham. 10:00am Kickoff. LFCWESTHAM
We had an amazing crowd for the opening match v Stoke, then had some Monday games where we expect crowds to be thinner but still had a heck of a showing. Saturday “Pack The Jack”

Thank you everyone for your continued support and helping to grow and build the supporters club and spreading the love of LFC all over our fine city.

YNWA

Nile Smith
Chairman Official Liverpool Supporters Club Indianapolis.

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-

Fan Focus. Don’t go Hibernating.

Welcome back Indy Reds. Another Edition of our Fan Focus today to help you get through the week. As the posts suggest, I know LFC are struggling this year, but do go into hibernation for the winter, still need your support each week at Union Jack for the matches during the winter time and helping to keep us growing!  Also some team and OLSC updates coming But first as always Fan Focus. Up this week is Ryan:

Name: Ryan Deal @realdealryan

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
Though I played club and school soccer throughout my youth, I burned myself out and stayed away for several years. I first dipped a toe into the EPL waters in 2008, and the Reds stood out, especially emotional players like Stevie, Pepe, and Carra. I was drawn to these players because they reminded me of my favorite NFL players like Jim Kelly and Darryl Talley. I was hooked.

First LFC memory?
The first major memory for me was the 2010 victory against Chelsea in which Fernando Torres regained form (we thought) and punched in 2 goals. I had been hoping for him to regain a high level for so long, and coupled with club turmoil, being Hodged, and league position- it was an immense relief. Short-lived, but very important to me at the time.

Favorite LFC memory?
Tottenham 0 – 5 Liverpool, the celebration after Flanagan’s goal.
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Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?
I’m not superstitious, but lately it’s been nice to get a 45-minute ride in before a match to ease the nerves.

Where were you during Istanbul?
pre-fandom; unsure

Favorite Current Player and Why?
Steven Gerrard. Our talisman. You can make arguments about which role suits him best, but you can’t leave him out of the side. And we saw last year that he remains LFC’s emotional glue. #WeGoAgain

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?The King, Kenny Dalglish. He’s been to the peaks and depths with the club. Plus, I really enjoyed him telling Arsene Wenger to f*** off a few years back after an extra-time penalty equalizer.
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Favorite LFC kit ever?
The Purple Warrior!

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?
Book a friendly at Lucas Oil Stadium. Bronze statue of Ian Ayre.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?
@LFCIndy , @kopwatch

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?
I really dig the food at Twenty Tap. And Chatham Tap. Most taps.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
It would be a dream to see Ibe take a step and impress during his loan spell at Derby County.

Favorite LFC Goal?
Young Phil C’s winner vs City in the heat of the title race last year was amazing.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?
We went to Soldier Field for the friendly against Olympiakos.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?
Buffalo Bills since 1988 home opener….and all of the suffering since.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?
My favorite central Indiana beer is Bloomington Brewing Co’s Rooftop IPA.

What makes you most proud to support LFC?
Other supporters!

Best thing about being an Indy Red?
I hope we’re part of something that endures as this beautiful game continues to gain popularity in the US. And though I’ve only attended a handful of group events, we really seem to have an incredible local following.

Thanks Ryan!

Well Indy Reds we’ve had a rough few weeks watching our Redmen play. But as always we will try and find some positives. Still in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup and even though we were bounced out of the Champions League we did drop to the Europa League. So we have that going for us. Even though the loss to united was a rough one we attacked much much better we just couldn’t get anything past De Gea. Speaking of the match from Sunday. Huge thanks to everyone that came out to Union Jack. The place was packed. It was great to see some new faces there and always good to see the trusty regulars each week. Lets keep that support going.
Tomorrow(Wednesday) ULF Podcast will have their clips up from the match since they broadcasted live from there.

Ok some Team News:
LFC will take on Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup Wednesday 2:45pm kickoff.
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Here is the press conference from BR Only injury update right now is Glen Johnson will be out for the holiday season clashes with a groin Injury. Sturridge still out. Sakho, Mario and everyone else should be good to go. Any Lineup predictions for the midweek clash?

Contrary to reports Rodgers says there was not a “Bust Up” or unrest in the team.

Sunday another huge EPL match with a primo kickoff time. LFC v Arsenal. 11am kickoff.
If you’ve never been out to UJ’s for a match these are the ones to make it to your first. Perfect start time. Food will be going, plenty of time to wake up. Another big big crowd expected at Union Jack. Lets make sure that it is full of Red before the blue of the Colts try to take over.

In OLSC news: We have a good draft of our By-Laws completed. It is one of the requirements when becoming and OLSC. So if we have anyone in the legal profession get with us so we can have you look it over to make sure everything is good(everything should be LFC sent the template over)
LFC emailed earlier this week they are still finalizing the new branding so no new scarves for a couple more weeks. The minute I get the ok the Wheels will start to turn fast for pre-orders and to get them in.
In other apparel developments. Union Jack is in the final stages of having t-shirts made that will incorporate both our logo and theirs. Once I have a picture of the final design I will post it. Pre-sale of them will be open to everyone(Trust me you will want to get the shirt on pre-sale will most likely be cheaper than getting it at pub after pre-sale ends) So you can get your Indy Reds fix before the scarfs happen. It will be a great chance to support both our local home pub and your supporters club.

If you didn’t get an email from us last week please make sure to get us your email address so we can add you to our list, will be very import for passing along big info.
Reminder if you ever have any ideas for articles or posts for the site please bring them to our attention or if you have wrote something or want to write something please let us know so we can add more content.

Thanks everyone.

-YNWA-

Nile

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-