Bob Paisley Memorial Appeal

We were asked a while back if we’d be willing for a message about the following appeal to appear on this site, and of course we were. Bob, “Sir” Bob as he should be known, was the manager in charge of the Reds as I grew up. I barely remember the Shanks era, in fact the only real memory I have is of being told he’d quit, and not fully understanding what that meant and why people were so worried. Bob Paisley was the man who chose which of my heroes and idols would appear on the field. The man who softened the blow I felt on seeing Kevin Keegan leave by bringing us a certain Kenneth Dalglish, soon to be known forever as King Kenny.

Bob Paisley, two cups, four admirers1977 sticks in my mind as the year I really started to sit and watch every game I could. I was still at primary school as we ended the season putting the FA Cup final out of our minds by winning a trophy far bigger in more ways than one for the first time. It felt like we won the league every year – we didn’t of course, but even when we missed out we usually had a European Cup or something to put in front of our lads for the team photos ahead of the new season.

Bob Paisley was a special man, and not just because of his extraordinary achievements as the manager of LFC. I know I’ll never forget him, ever, but to ensure his memory goes on long into the future some supporters are looking to make a permanent memorial for him in his birth place, Hetton-le-Hole.

They’ve set the bank accounts up and organised a pay pal address (please use one of the other methods to donate if you can though) and now their message is here and ready to be read: Continue reading Bob Paisley Memorial Appeal

Delight for Mascherano, last new signing of Gillett-Hicks nightmare

Javier Mascherano has today become a Liverpool player in a permanent deal that at times looked like never happening.

The Argentinean international has been at Anfield on loan since January 2007, and that loan was set to end in the summer. A deal was negotiated to sign him before Christmas by Rafa Benítez, but fell victim to the Tom Hicks “concentrate on coaching” orders in November. It wasn’t until Hicks and Gillette finally got the last-minute go ahead for their £350m gift of debt to LFC that Mascherano could really feel comfortable about his future.

At that point Hicks said that he could be signed, for what might sound a massive deal but is believed to really be quite some bargain. The fee spoken about is £18.6m, which some reports say includes the initial £1.5m spent on the initial 18 month loan. The remaining £17m covers the “transfer fee” payable to the MSI group who owned him and also the players’ wages for the four years this deal covers. The reason the deal took so long to finalise was because of the need to ensure no Premier League rules were broken on third-party ownership. Continue reading Delight for Mascherano, last new signing of Gillett-Hicks nightmare

Desperate Hicks makes desperate claims

Tom Hicks has gone off on one again, or so it seems. Gone off into one of those wild fantasy worlds where he vehemently denies something or other to do with his ownership of Liverpool Football Club. All around him are great big pointers to whatever he’s denying being actually true, yet he stands there and says it isn’t. It’s funny when it’s a child denying having eaten the chocolate cake despite having his face covered in it. It was funny when the Iraqi information minister was denying the presence of opposition troops when they were practically standing behind him. But we can’t laugh at the various Hicks denials.

One day we might laugh, maybe, if these dark days ever end. One day we’ll probably laugh at him, as we come to terms with whatever was left behind when he does finally leave. It seems doubtful we’ll ever laugh with him. For now his attitude causes anger and the kind of resentment that meant his son Tommy was unable to sit in an English pub near Anfield and talk to fans. Continue reading Desperate Hicks makes desperate claims

Share Liverpool FC still pushing to rescue club

Liverpool FC’s future ownership is likely to change somewhere in the next two-to-six weeks, but there is still no clear idea of how it will change. George Gillett will sell his share, and unless Tom Hicks pulls off an unexpected trick, DIC will become at least part owners of LFC.

If the only change made is that Gillett sells his share to DIC, then we find ourselves still in the awkward situation of being owned fifty-fifty by two partners who aren’t 100% trusting of each other. Both parties therefore want to be in a position to have a majority holding in the club, with the control and final say that brings.

It’s difficult to imagine a scenario where George Gillett would be willing to agree to a sale of part of his share to Hicks, which would give Hicks control. He’s hardly in a mood to give Hicks any favours, and this would reduce the value of the rest of his share DIC’s eyes, their bid would then be reduced or even withdrawn. But it’s equally difficult to see how Hicks could afford the whole 50% and still be able to take the club forward into a profitable future. Hicks needs to buy in full if he’s to buy at all, but he hasn’t got the means.

Hicks and Gillett found it a nightmare to get their hands on the £350m loan in January, even when pooling their resources and finding whatever assets they could between them as guarantees for the finance. For Hicks to buy in full not only would he need to buy Gillett’s half, including a profit for Gillett, he’d need to find funding for the new stadium. The new stadium was always vital if Hicks and Gillett were to be able to make worthwhile profit from the club – if it makes a profit at all. To cover existing loans, to buy out Gillett and to finance the new stadium, Hicks would need to borrow a massive £675m. In US currency that’s around $1.3bn, which is equivalent to the whole of the Texan’s estimated worth.

Had Gillett and Hicks stayed on in partnership they would struggle to get finance for the new stadium, according to those who deal with the banks at those levels on a regular basis. So clearly Hicks would struggle yet more had he taken on Gillett’s debts alone. Without a wealthy third party coming in to help him it’s difficult to see how he can do any more than hold on to the 50% he currently has.

The existing debt arrangements mean that the two banks are heavily involved in any negotiations over Gillett’s share. DIC are believed to have made good progress with the banks in terms of getting the club out of that £350m debt should they take over, but it’s less clear how this works if Hicks remains a joint owner.

DIC have made it quite clear that they only have eyes for Liverpool. This isn’t a regular investment opportunity for them. That said, their feelings for the club still won’t see them throwing money away “like a drunken sailor”, as someone once said. They’ve also got a lot more patience than they might have on other deals, and if they have to will buy the 50% now and work on getting more at a later date.

Unfortunately a joint 50-50 shareholding doesn’t help anyone. Even if Hicks and Sheikh Mohammed become best friends overnight there will be big decisions they just don’t agree on. It’s difficult to operate when there is no casting vote to settle differences.

DIC (or Hicks for that matter) could invest extra money into the club and in doing so increase the split in their favour – but unless the other partner agreed this couldn’t be done.

In focussing on what seems to be a battle between DIC and Hicks for control of the club, it’s important not to forget the potential of the Share Liverpool FC initiative. The idea was that enough fans across the world put £5000 each (or as part of a group) into the club then £500m could be raised and in turn the owners removed and the club pointed back in the right direction.

Share Liverpool FC say they’ve had almost 10,000 responses from people indicating a definite willingness to be involved, and a similar amount who are interested but need more information.

They’ve now got two well-known former players on board, former centre-back and assistant manager Phil Thompson, and former striker John Aldridge, have both pledged £5000.

As well as five grand, Thompson gave this endorsement to the scheme: “Liverpool Football Club has always needed its fans, now more than ever. Not if, but when our current owners decide to sell, we as fans need to be in a position to help. The biggest thing that people ask is: ‘Can the Share Liverpool scheme really work?’ To this I say one word: Istanbul.

“That fantastic victory could only have happened to a club like Liverpool. Why? Because the fans believed it could happen – and with their help we pulled off one the greatest miracles in the history of club football. So, if we believe we can make Share Liverpool work, it will happen, too. Get on to the website now and pledge your support just as I am doing.”

Aldo was equally supportive of the idea: “What a great concept. I’m glad to sign for Share Liverpool FC. This is a fantastic opportunity for the fans who dearly love the club to own it for themselves – and set the standard for other fans to follow. It would be terrific if it led to other fans owning their clubs too.”

SLFC now has an 18-strong steering group in place, which includes experts in areas such as finance and law. The financial director of Ethel Austin is one, alongside a senior partner from Price Waterhouse Cooper. One of the representatives of the Liverpool Supporters’ Union, Spirit of Shankly, has also taken up the offer of a place in the committee.

Dr Rogan Taylor has played a big role in getting this scheme off the ground, and has been delighted – if a little snowed under – with the response so far. He said: “This puts Share Liverpool FC on to a proper footing. We have brought together the different skill sets in areas such as finance, law and marketing that are needed if we are going to succeed in this venture.”

Although the original intention for Share Liverpool FC was to take the club over completely, the possibility of a partial shareholding must be considered. With DIC and Hicks heading towards a 50-50 ownership of the club, perhaps the inclusion of this fans group would help avoid stalemate in the board room. At the often quoted valuation of £400m for the club, 16,000 supporters could buy a 20% share of the club, and in time this could be increased.

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Melia trusts Hicks, but still too many questions

A former Liverpool player who was around at Anfield both before and after Bill Shankly arrived to start his revolution at the club has been giving the local press his views on one half of the club’s current ownership.

Jimmy Melia, now 70, was eventually let go by Shanks in 1964, but had done enough in his final season to collect a league winner’s medal. He currently works in Texas as a coach with FC Dallas Youth and has been spending time with the Hicks family in recent weeks.

Jimmy MeliaMelia seems to have been taken in by what the Hicks family have been telling him, and is almost certainly the only ex-Liverpool player to speak in support of the current joint-owners in recent times. He was a guest of the Hicks family at the weekend, joining Tommy Jnr at Anfield and later on during their visits to a couple of watering holes. He says that he was first introduced to the Hicks family through Tom Snr’s brother, Bill: “It’s the first time I’ve been back to Liverpool in four years and it all came about because Bill Hicks is friends with the father of a lad who played for my football team in Dallas. Bill heard I had been a Liverpool player for 12 years and asked me whether I would be interested in coming over to watch a game and it went from there.”

Although there’s no suggestion that Jimmy has been getting anything more out of his relationship with the Hicks than a free trip home with a bit of entertainment thrown in, he talks in his Echo interview like he’s some kind of ambassador for the family: “I first met Tom Junior about two weeks ago and then spoke with Tom Senior last week. It’s been an opportunity for me to get to know them and I’ve been very impressed. From speaking to them it’s clear the Hicks love the game and they love the club. I wouldn’t have come all this way and spent time with them if I didn’t think that.”

It’s certainly an impression that the Hicks camp want to be heard. Their background has nothing at all to do with football, save one venture they’d rather forget, they only got onto the idea of buying into Liverpool when George Gillett approached them when in desperate need of someone to help him buy into the club. It happened at an alarmingly fast rate too, from Gillett’s first meaningful approach to Hicks until the bid had been put in. That bid was way above the bid already in place from DIC and their lack of any in-depth due diligence suggests that the pair genuinely thought they’d found something nobody else had spotted. And if it hadn’t been for that pesky credit crunch who knows, maybe it would have been as easy as it seemed back then to make money out of the club.

Both owners showed their lack of knowledge of the game when they seemed to fail to realise how important investment in the squad was, but especially when they tried to hire Jurgen Klinsmann to replace Rafael Benítez, who at the time was in the middle of a winning run in what had so far been an unbeaten season in the league. Jurgen Klinsmann had only coached for six competitive fixtures, all internationals on home turf. He’d never managed a club, never had to deal with what is an entirely different type of job. In time maybe he’ll become a highly-sought-after coach, but he certainly isn’t at the moment.

Both owners were present in November when that offer was made to Klinsmann, both owners seeming happy enough with each other despite earlier differences. Not any more. The two have fallen out by all accounts, Gillett having refused to put his name to any statement relating to the club for some time now. His last interview where the club was mentioned came before Christmas.

The fact Melia has spent so much time with the Hicks camp means his statement on Gillett adds more weight, more proof perhaps, to the undisputed claims that Gillett is about to sell up: “Gillett looks like he’s going to sell his share,” said Melia, “but I know Tom Hicks is going to hang in there and make it work.” Hicks has maintained this stance for some time now, and Melia’s clearly been told this too.

Hicks makes a nice bit of money from his two sports franchises in the US, and despite a lack of any real ambition – according to fans – he still seems to be fairly popular as an owner. It seems to be more acceptable, certainly to baseball fans, to just turn up, pay for your ticket, buy the merchandise, eat the food, drink the drink and watch the game. Winning is a bonus, or so it seems. So he’s rarely had any pressure from the supporters, and nothing at all like he’s had – and will continue to get – from Liverpool fans.

Melia says Hicks told him he’s planning to stay on board at Anfield: “He has owned Dallas Stars ice hockey team for 12 years and Texas Rangers baseball team for 10 years. He has stuck with them and says he’s going to stay with Liverpool. It would be easy for him to sell now and make a big profit but he’s not a quitter.”

That perhaps tells us more about what is driving Hicks on than anything else. “He’s not a quitter.” Has Melia said that himself, or is that what he’s been told? Does Hicks consider the idea of looking like a failure to be so bad that he’s going to fight and try and salvage something from his disastrous first year at the club? He’s failed before; his time in South American football is something he’s unlikely to boast about. There’s little evidence of the club being able to progress on the field and at the same time deal with the £350m debt it’s now in, alongside the £300m or more debt it needs to go into before it can build a new stadium.

The current owners borrowed that £350m in the main to pay off the loan they needed to buy the club a year ago. Liverpool FC will have to pay all the interest on the loan, but in the end only £105m was actually put onto the club’s books. That was supposedly going to be split between transfer funds and work to get the stadium underway, but some of it was eaten up by bank arrangement fees, incurred when the loan was signed up to. Enough money to buy Fernando Torres has gone on those fees, and that’s before the interest payments are brought into consideration.

One report at the time of the refinancing deal said that £60m of that £105m was to go on getting the new stadium started, the rest on players. That leaves around £25m after the bank fees have been taken out. Last year the club spent around £20m net on players, but last year the club didn’t have to find around £30m in interest payments. The owners are understood to have negotiated their original loan in such a way that they didn’t even need to start paying back the interest during the twelve months it ran for – but interest was still building on it. In effect the initial loan cost them nothing, because a year after taking it out they’d not paid a penny off the capital or interest. The £350m loan covered that, and the £350m loan is now of course the responsibility of the club.

We already know that the £350m loan could be used to buy players, as long as there’s enough left by the summer, but Melia believes that Hicks will still be able to get the money in place for the stadium: “He’s going to get the stadium built and find money for players in the summer. I can see him being at Anfield for 15 years.” Considering the troubles Gillett and Hicks faced together when trying to borrow £350m, it’s hard to see how Hicks can be so confident he can raise a similar amount for the actual stadium. To buy Gillett out Hicks would need at least £200m, which would represent a £25m profit for Gillett. Assuming he was able to do this by in effect taking on the existing finance agreement – but alone rather than with Gillett – it would raise the amount owing to £375m. Hicks would have to more than double the personal guarantees he put into the finance deal when it was taken out in January. The stadium needs close to another £300m, bringing the total Hicks would need to persuade the banks to lend him to a massive £675m, or $1.3billion in US terms.

So to become Liverpool’s sole owner and build the new stadium, Hicks needs to borrow 1.3 billion US dollars. Coincidentally that is the exact amount that Forbes magazine reported that Hicks was worth in their 2007 ‘Forbes 400′ listings. He needs to borrow the same amount as the whole of his net worth, just to cover the current debts, give Gillett a basic £25m profit, and to build the stadium.

It’s pretty safe to say that unless Hicks finds another party to come in and help him, Gillett has only one choice when it comes to selling his share – and that’s DIC.

Melia also tried to defend Hicks for his part in the owners’ Klinsmann gaffe. “When it came out they had held talks with Klinsmann the fans were angry but Tom was very honest about it. After having a bit of a fall out, the fear was that Benitez might leave and they had to have a top manager in place in case that happened.”

This contradicts Hicks’ reasons for the Klinsmann approach, the ones he gave when he originally owned up to the plan. At the time he said it was because of poor results (yet Liverpool were unbeaten and in the middle of a run of wins when it happened) and also because of stories in the press linking Rafa with Real Madrid (even though no such stories had appeared for months, and even though Hicks had repeatedly told supporters not to listen to the press). Melia’s just spent time with the Hicks family and now tells us that they went to Klinsmann because of a fall out. Who told him that? The answer’s obvious.

The saddest part of that whole incident is that fans already knew the reasons, and admitting the truth wouldn’t have changed anything the fans believed. The reasons given didn’t stand up to scrutiny, and expecting fans to believe showed a massive lack of respect.

Is it possible Melia was the advisor to Gillett and Hicks back in November? It’s far from accurate to describe Klinsmann as a “top manager”, and very few people would do so.

To be fair to the Hicks camp, they do now seem to be making an effort with Rafa. Rafa himself seems happy enough with the communication these days, which along with being mislead about transfer budgets, was one of the main problems in the relationship before. Melia said: “Communication between Tom and Rafa back then was a problem but I know it’s much improved now. Tom likes Rafa, he believes in him and he wants stability at the club.”

Again being fair to the Hicks camp, they know they’ve made mistakes during their first year at the club. Melia told the Echo that the family have admitted this to him, and that Tommy now feels his Sandon visit was a mistake: “Tommy made the wrong decision and it was a bad move on his part. After a game, when the drinks are flowing, passions run high. Bill Hicks had told him not to go in there. They had all had a good day with no hassle at the ground. But Tommy wanted to feel the atmosphere in the Sandon and see how the fans felt about things – he certainly found out!”

It wasn’t just Bill Hicks who warned him against the visit, the security staff with him also advised him against it. In many ways it was a good idea, and in some circumstances could have been constructive. But not immediately after a game and not when no public efforts had been made previously to calm the anger felt by fans following the streams of lies, broken promises and general misleading of supporters by the owners.

Melia says that his new friends have found it difficult to get their heads around just how much Reds fans’ lives integrate with their support for their club: “The thing is Liverpool supporters are so passionate and that’s something the Americans have struggled to understand. The club is their life, it’s all Scousers talk about and they are desperate to see the team do well.”

He says this passion has seen the family get strongly into the sport: “You don’t get sports fans in America in love with the game like people are here. That’s one of the reasons why the Hicks’ like it so much but it has taken a lot of getting used to.”

Melia’s also been listening to the owners’ views on how investments are made in business: “I’m no expert but nobody in business puts all their own cash into something – they use the banks’ money to get investments going.” In fact this does contrast with the way DIC would want to buy into the club. Loans would be used to fund some of the investment, but nothing like all of it. The stadium may be funded by a loan, but the actual purchase would be made on the whole by using their own equity.

One point Melia made that was true is that there aren’t queues of investors waiting to get Liverpool out of the mess: “There aren’t many Abramovichs about and nobody is going to come in and just throw money at it. It’s not easy to find people prepared to come in and do what needs to be done at Liverpool.”

Liverpool fans don’t want an Abramovich, a rich man who could get bored tomorrow and leave his club with nothing. They don’t want an owner who has to borrow everything and then has nothing left to use for improvements. They want an owner who can see that by putting some money in now, and waiting patiently, they’ll get a good return on their money. They want an owner who will leave the club in a position where it is self-sufficient, bringing in enough money to keep moving whilst making its owners some money each year.

With Gillett wanting out, it’s hard to see how Hicks can be this kind of owner. No matter how much he really does want success, and many fans doubt he actually does, has he actually got the means to bring that success? Without help it seems unlikely. DIC can obviously afford to buy into the club and allow it to grow into that self-sufficient entity. Hicks can’t, not alone, given the amount of money needed to kick-start that process, an amount equal to the whole of his personal wealth. But Hicks has a lot of wealthy associates – and with their help perhaps could find himself in a position to take control of the club.

Melia at least sees how important it is that the club competes in the transfer market. Instead of the promised funds to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool found themselves spending no more than those now battling with them for fourth place. Melia wants to help the owners work this out: “The most important thing for me is signings because the club is on the verge of losing their place in the top four. There are a lot of teams fighting for fourth place and it’s vital Liverpool strengthen for next season. I know what the Americans need to do on the football side and I’m more than happy to help them with advice on that.”

Again, with Melia suggesting Klinsmann was a “top manager”, it can only be hoped that his advice wouldn’t stretch as far as actually putting player names forward.

It’s early days in the relationship yet, Melia has only spoken on the phone to Hicks Snr, but he wants to try and help Rafa and the only owner currently showing any interest in the club to speak to each other: “If I can help communication between the two parties then great. Now I’ve had the chance to come over and see things for myself I’m hoping to meet up with Tom Senior soon. They might want me to come back a bit more often and I’d certainly be interested in that.”

If Hicks is about to pull a rabbit out of the hat in the shape of an investor not considered before, he needs to do it soon. He needs to show us how he plans to overcome what look like insurmountable obstacles to his stated desires of bringing success to the club. Are we talking about him sacrificing Texas Rangers or Dallas Stars to enable him to make a move for control of the club?

Actions speak louder than words, even if the words are coming from one of the first men to play for Bill Shankly’s Liverpool.

Reds takeover talks must become actions

Liverpool supporters wake every morning hoping today will bring some firm news on the future direction of the ownership of the club. Sooner or later we’ll get that breaking news ticker on one of the sports news channels. It’s just hard to say when, and more to the point hard to say how, or who.

Reading between the lines of the various statements and leaked media reports, only two certainties show through consistently. George Gillett wants out. Dubai International Capital want in.

The uncertainty comes from Tom Hicks’ position. Publicly he maintains the image of being intent on staying on at the club and having no interest in selling to DIC. He tries to give the impression that he wants to keep at least what he’s got now, and maybe even get a little bit of George Gillett’s share. But more than one source, in more than one country, says he’s been talking to DIC recently. Continue reading Reds takeover talks must become actions

Hicks issues denial, but these differences must be ironed out

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks has issued a statement in the wake of the stories in today’s press which had made fresh claims that Dubai International Capital (DIC) were close to a takeover at LFC.

Hicks’ statement reads: “Reports in the UK media that I am about to sell my stake in the Liverpool Football Club, or to invite DIC to examine the club’s books in preparation for such a sale – like other such reports planted in the UK press in recent weeks by parties with their own self-interested agenda – are absolutely and categorically false.

“The reality is that I am personally, professionally and financially committed to the club and its supporters and that I will continue to honour that commitment to the best of my ability now and in the future.” Continue reading Hicks issues denial, but these differences must be ironed out

Hicks and DIC partnership remains most likely outcome for Reds

The future ownership of Liverpool FC is once again a big story in today’s media, with George Gillett on his way out according to all the reports. How much of the club each of Tom Hicks and Dubai International Capital will hold is still unclear, but certainly in the shorter term it’s unlikely that DIC will be able to complete a full takeover.

Oliver Kay’s report was the first to hit the net last night, and was the lead story on the back page of this morning’s printed editions of The Times. We’ve already discussed the article on this site (DIC granted due diligence, but Hicks still hanging on). Although The Times report was headlined “Liverpool’s American owners set to sell,” the story acknowledged that despite due diligence being given the go-ahead, Hicks was still yet to commit to selling any of his shares. It did suggest that at least a partial sale of his shares alongside a full sale of Gillett’s shares was likely, giving DIC control of the club.

In fact it must have been a busy day for Square1 Consulting, and their Square1 Sports division. They are the PR company working on DIC’s behalf to liaise with journalists, and the story has been in most of the morning’s papers in one form or other. Of course it’s not just the people from DIC who will be giving information to the press – both the Hicks and the Gillett camps have different reasons to release different versions of events to suit their own needs.

The Telegraph’s headline, online at least, has changed from “Americans on verge of selling Liverpool” to “Tom Hicks and George Gillett to sell Liverpool“, but David Bond’s report remains unchanged. And again the headline doesn’t exactly reflect the story that sits beneath. Continue reading Hicks and DIC partnership remains most likely outcome for Reds

DIC granted due diligence, but Hicks still hanging on

Oliver Kay of The Times is reporting tonight, under the headline Liverpool’s American owners set to sell, that Liverpool’s co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr have granted Dubai International Capital permission to inspect the club’s books. But the headline is a little misleading, giving the impression of an imminent sale. In fact talks are still some way from being complete, as Kay’s article actually explains.

According to Kay, DIC are looking at the books “with a view to making an official takeover bid next month.” However Kay also repeats what has been reported heavily of late – that Hicks is reluctant to sell up completely. Kay writes that Hicks “plans to retain some of his shares and some of his influence at Anfield for the immediate future,” but says that “face-to-face discussions with DIC officials in Dubai and, more significantly, London last week have brought a deal closer.” Continue reading DIC granted due diligence, but Hicks still hanging on

Hicks Jnr wants more chances to talk to fans

The Liverpool FC Supporters’ Union have issued a statement about the incident in The Sandon pub near LFC’s Anfield Stadium on Saturday:

There seems to be a certain amount of confusion over what went on in The Sandon public house on Saturday afternoon after Liverpool played Middlesbrough. What we know is that Tom Hicks Jnr visited The Sandon, was heckled by Liverpool supporters and left before the situation spiralled out of control. There is nothing in the known facts the SOS, Liverpool Supporters Union, has any desire to condemn. If thousands of supporters are prepared to stand en masse in the Kop and protest against the current ownership then it should go without saying some, if not most, would be prepared to make these points to its public face given a rare opportunity. Physical violence towards individuals is something which we will not condone, yet there is no evidence this occurred here. Indeed, Mr Hicks Jnr appears to have been treated for the most part with distance and disdain, not wholly unlike the treatment of Liverpool supporters by Hicks and Gillett and all those connected with them over the last twelve months. Spirit Of Shankly Sons Of Shankly – Liverpool Supporters Union

Various stories about what had really happened started to do the rounds of the various LFC message boards from Saturday night onwards, and by the time some reporters had heard about it the story had taken on a life of its own. Most of those who said they’d been there probably weren’t, and those that were probably got told what had happened rather than seeing it with their own eyes. Continue reading Hicks Jnr wants more chances to talk to fans