SOS: Last Night And DIC

We want to thank everyone who took part in protesting against the current ownership. We know and appreciate you are on the front line. It’s easy for us to ask you to talk to those who are uninformed on our behalf; it’s you who has to do it. It’s a process. The message is getting out a day at a time and we will try our hardest to make sure that continues.

Protest against the owners The message that was sent last night got as far as Dallas. Hicks’ “Echo” reported what we did at half time just as our Echo did. The world’s a small place, something Mr Hicks with his talk of siphoning money doesn’t understand. We understand it and while yesterday was about what went on in the ground, we ask every Red the world over who agrees with us to find their own way to get the message out to those close to them. Supporting Liverpool FC isn’t a shirt you wear or an accent you have, it’s part of the essence of who you are, wherever you may live.

For that reason we’re working hard on regional branches of the Union and hope to have good news about online payment, constitutions and membership cards soon. Those of you who have handed money and cheques over to us have shown real patience. We hope to present you with progress sooner rather than later. In addition the website as a functioning entity will be ready to go soon. We’re pushing two fronts simultaneously – building the union structure and getting rid of the current owners. Events dictate the reality of this, the vast majority of Liverpool supporters want Hicks and Gillett out which dictates the reality of this. We have to do both at once and so, again, we thank you for your support and patience.

Another message got sent out last night. This one got as far as Dubai. A member of the Working Committee was able to meet with a representative of DIC. He told them supporters would on the whole be pleased with a change of ownership and having had our fingers burnt once, they’d be welcomed, albeit cautiously. They took these comments on board. The meeting was constructive and talks will hopefully continue in the future.

We ask all supporters, union members or not, not to go overboard about this. This doesn’t guarantee in any way, shape or form that DIC are inevitably going to take over. Nor does it mean we endorse them. It simply was what it was, an introductory meeting between us and them. Pleasing in itself, but we will always keep to our stated aim of holding whoever owns the football club to account.

We’re also having another massive meeting, The Olympia, noon, 15th March. The day of the Reading game. We ask Mr Moores again to attend as part of his role as Honorary Life President. If it isn’t possible, we ask him to send us a statement to read on the day.

Regardless of all this, we must keep working. We need to set up the structure the Union needs so it functions for years to come. We need to work harder to improve communications with you. And we all need to keep working towards forcing Hicks and Gillett out.

So thanks again for your hard work last night and thanks in advance for your hard work in the future. If you want to get involved in any way please email spiritofshankly@googlemail.com

Spirit Of Shankly

Tonight at half time – Go and Go Now!

Sons of Shankly / Spirit of ShanklySince DIC made their statement yesterday everything you hear suggests Liverpool’s supporters want, en masse, to make their feelings known about what they want the current owners to do. Go, and go now. It’s clear that tonight’s game against West Ham is a terrific opportunity. So let’s do this:

15 minutes of solid protest from the minute the half time whistle goes. Wherever you are in the ground, make your voice heard.

Every single one of you has to share the responsibility to join in. Don’t wait for others to take the lead, don’t feel self conscious. Get involved, get rowdy. Let’s stand together.

Those of you who feel that it’s hard to get the message out, those of you who feel it’s hard to educate people, well have another go now, be emphatic:

  • They said they wouldn’t do a Glazer and buy the club with its own money. They have. We’ll be paying off 30m a year for them to own our club.
  • They said there would be a spade in the ground within 60 days of taking over. Still no start date for the stadium. And they still haven’t secured the money to buy it.
  • They said they’d back our traditions and way of doing things. They offered the manager’s job to Jurgen Klinsmann and then discussed it publicly
  • They haven’t spent a penny of their own money – all the signings are on the never never. When does the never never end?
  • For this investment of theirs to work they need us to finish fourth year in, year out and get the stadium built. Success for Kop Holdings and success for LFC are not the same thing.

If you feel people need educating, people in your work, your school, your boozer, your house, print that out and give it to them. Talk to them. Tell them why you are so angry, tell them why we need change. No one is saying DIC will be perfect but it’ll be fresh start, a chance to move this football club which we all love forward.

Hicks and Gillett dragged this club through the mud and have wasted a year of our time. It ends now. They should go now.

Tonight. Half time. Tell Hicks and Gillett exactly that.

Spirit of Shankly.

Hicks says No. We say GO!

hicks-gillett.jpgLiverpool chairmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett have been given the ideal opportunity. The opportunity to walk away, to do the right thing. They wanted a profit; they’ve been offered a profit. They can say ‘Yes’ for their own benefit and for our benefit.

But will they?

Al-Ansari talks about Tom Hicks’ valuation of the club being ‘in dreamland’; Mr Hicks is further in dreamland if he thinks he will ever be accepted at LFC. He’s a rich man, a business man, but surely, being as rich as he is, he wants to be able to enjoy his investments. If he tries to grin and bear it then it emphasises what we already know – he’s only in it for one reason: the money and the money alone.

George Gillett’s silence speaks volumes. He’s no longer interested or charming us. He wants to get out with the maximum possible profit. Well it’s time to either get out of hiding or get out of our club, Mr Gillett.

Will they do the right thing, and leave? They aren’t wanted, they surely know that. To stay – and turn down an offer for the club that can hopefully take us out of this sorry mess we find ourselves in – is what we all want. Cash is what they want and they have been offered millions for wasting a year of our time.

If they say ‘No’ it goes against the wishes of virtually every supporter. So they wouldn’t be listening to fans. This would be their clearest indication that they don’t care about the fans. They want to cash in on us, they want to sell the “Kop” brand but when it comes right down to it, the much acclaimed 12th Man has his opinions tossed aside so they can greedily wring every last penny out of the club.

Regardless you’ve been, we’ve all been, given an opportunity – if they reject the offer, take the opportunity at the West Ham game to make it known we will not take this lying down.

If they say nothing take the opportunity to hammer home your wishes as Liverpool supporters. They’ve given us the chance to make our point, DIC have given them the chance to leave with a modicum of grace and a hefty profit.

Take the chance – let the world know what you want.

Spirit Of Shankly