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Spirit Of Shankly Statement on LFC Takeover


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Spirit of Shankly are delighted to hear the news today that the failed ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett has come to an end. Our Union was formed to protect the Club and to specifically hold any owners to account and it is gratifying to see the efforts our members have made to removing them from their failed tenure.

 

Liverpool Football Club are now rid of Hicks and Gillett and this has been achieved through the magnificent efforts of the supporters, from the early days of formation in the Sandon Pub, calling Hicks and Gillett to account, to campaigning and protesting tirelessly. It is our members along with the help and backing of other groups from the worldwide support of Liverpool Football Club that has seen the back of Hicks and Gillett.

 

Hicks and Gillett made the mistake of underestimating our members' commitment, passion and love for our football Club and they forgot that the passion that allegedly attracted them in the first place to Anfield was our most powerful weapon when their lies began.

 

Hopefully the era of their failed ownership has now gone and the Union can look forward to re-engagement with the Board and new owners, over the issues that are crucial to supporters such as ticketing, travel, a stadium solution and supporters securing an equity stake within the Club with the appropriate representation that would entail.

 

There is an opportunity for the Board and new owners NESV to reverse the disenfranchisement that has been recognised by the Club and to acknowledge that an independent and vibrant supporter base is only good for the Club. The actions of the UK based Board members throughout the court cases cannot be ignored, and their contribution to ridding the club of Hicks and Gillett must be recognised. They have been victims of the lies told by their former employers and the mistakes made by their predecessors, which meant their words could not always be trusted by supporters until they were backed up by actions. We are delighted to see that in this instance their words have been backed by their actions and we commend this.

 

It is now time to put our Club back together and the Spirit of Shankly gives a cautious welcome to the Club's new owners NESV and hopes they will not miss the opportunity of an early engagement to start the process of healing our Club. Everyone connected to Liverpool Football Club - the owners, the Board, the manager and the fans needs to be pulling in the same direction in order to bring success back to Liverpool FC - this has been missing for far too long.

 

The Union's Management Committee would again like to acknowledge the debt we owe to our members and the efforts and sacrifices they have made to achieve this success.

 

And hopefully, for the final time.............................Tom and George, You're Still Not Welcome Here.

 

http://www.spiritofshankly.com/news/Spirit-Of-Shankly-Statement-on-LFC-Takeover.html

 

 

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Hicks and Gillett made the mistake of underestimating our members' commitment, passion and love for our football Club and they forgot that the passion that allegedly attracted them in the first place to Anfield was our most powerful weapon when their lies began.

 

The Union's Management Committee would again like to acknowledge the debt we owe to our members and the efforts and sacrifices they have made to achieve this success.

 

 

 

......right......anyway, happy days eh?

 

 

 

 

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Everyone done smashing.

 

Fair do's though, what we have faced has happened to other clubs but no-one has had the impact our supporters have had. The mancs wave their scarves or go off to watch non-league lads in the same kit, and that's the best that anyone else has managed.

 

Liverpool won.

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not putting a downer on it, but I'm not a member and I boycotted the club, wrote letters, made phone calls etc.

 

Its similar to when a company seals a big order. everyone wants to take credit for bringing it home.

 

The reality is, the three man board did the work, we couldn't even pull together a boycott of a game.

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......right......anyway, happy days eh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

nice that you convienienty left this bit out " ......with the help and backing of other groups from the worldwide support of Liverpool Football Club that has seen the back of Hicks and Gillett."

 

it doesnt have to be you vs the world. lots of people had their own thoughts and ideas on what worked best. SoS so often have been damed if they did something and damned if they didnt, and i'm not going to pretend that i agreed with everything that they did, becauuse i didnt and dont. But what they have done is keep this issue in the media, they have pushed and shoved their agenda, and its by them showing that little victories can be achieved, that other groups including your own popped up and believed they could make a difference. a guerilla war isnt won using one group and one tactic, its achieved by a multi pronged attack. no one is going to agree with everyone, but what is important to understand is that everyone wanted the same thing. Whether or not any of these camapigns worked any better than the other we wont really know, but i think now is the time to leave all the petty squabbles and snidey digs behind.

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not putting a downer on it, but I'm not a member and I boycotted the club, wrote letters, made phone calls etc.

 

Its similar to when a company seals a big order. everyone wants to take credit for bringing it home.

 

The reality is, the three man board did the work, we couldn't even pull together a boycott of a game.

 

Internet terrorism played a part, fatso said it.

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not putting a downer on it, but I'm not a member and I boycotted the club, wrote letters, made phone calls etc.

 

Its similar to when a company seals a big order. everyone wants to take credit for bringing it home.

 

The reality is, the three man board did the work, we couldn't even pull together a boycott of a game.

 

to be fair lots of people did their bit in their own way be it writing emails/letters, boycotting autocup ticket scheme or merchandise. the SOS lot spent a lot of time and effort doing what they thought was best for the club.though the 3 UK board directors do seem to have played the owners well to get the sale i do think that the fans focus on what was happening re debt and general running the club down was a significant factor in making it clear that we wouldn't just blindly accept the asset stripping of "our franchise". If we had blindly accepted it and there had been no "noise" i wonder whether we would have seen this outcome? would Purslow & Broughton have been so motivated and the RBS so desperate to see a good outcome?

 

Going forward i think SOS have proved there is a place for a fans union - something more concerned with fans rights than a traditional supporters club. Fan representation should still be very much on the agenda and hopefully NESV realise that they need to win the hearts and minds battle with the fans to overcome our natural suspicion of our new owners given our horrendous experience with the last lot. SOS could play a big part in that. I still want to pay my £500 and have a small chunk of the club and would like to see fan rep on the board.

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Great stuff out of SOS. Undeniably played a central role in the whole story. A template for how the fans of a major Premiership football club can get organised.

 

A crucial period coming up now, so that the Union can transition towards the best position to fight for fan ownership of the club. It will be a lot longer in coming and will rely on external players like the regulatory/governmental bodies to a massive degree but I hope they can keep momentum going towards that objective.

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