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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day Thursday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. Spirit of Shankly are pleased to be working alongside LFC Foundation, Red Neighbours and Spion Kop 1906 in raising awareness of mental health. At any given time one in four of us is affected by mental health problems. Yet still there are too many who feel, or are made to feel, isolated, ashamed and worthless as a result. On average, 13 people in England take their own life every day - eight of them male. Suicide is the biggest killer among men under [...]

By |2020-09-10T14:52:28+01:00September 10th, 2020|

Help Is Here Update

Help Is Here Update Spirit of Shankly’s Help is Here campaign began shortly after the country went into lockdown five months ago as Covid-19 took hold. Over the past 20 weeks, we have provided more than 2,000 bags of food to the most vulnerable members of our community, and those working and risking their own health in the NHS and care homes. In doing this we have spent just short of £30,000. This has come from both union funds and individual donations from members and organisations who have supported our work. We would like to [...]

By |2020-08-21T10:45:49+01:00August 20th, 2020|

Help Is Here Video Update

Help Is Here Video Update Spirit of Shankly’s Help is Here campaign was started as a response to the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable during Covid-19. It was clear from the start of lockdown there were a lot of people in our communities without access to food through shielding, self-isolation, illness or hardship. In partnership with Morrisons, SOS began delivering food drops in April, to date we have delivered upwards of 2,200 parcels. We couldn’t have done any of this without the help of others: the taxi drivers, Tony, Frank, Philly and Phil, who make [...]

By |2020-08-20T16:10:43+01:00July 15th, 2020|

A Statement

SOS and Blue Union Joint Statement Spirit of Shankly‘s message has remained consistent throughout this crisis and that is: public health considerations must come first. We have worked in partnership with LFC, Merseyside Police and the City Council and all our messaging has been joint, always focusing on the safety of the public. We have seen some have chosen to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety. We understand wanting to celebrate, but Covid-19 has not gone away. Jurgen Klopp has said, when it is safe to do so, we will work to [...]

By |2020-08-07T20:46:14+01:00June 27th, 2020|

Football returns to Merseyside

SOS and Blue Union Joint Statement Spirit of Shankly and the Blue Union welcome the news that games are to be played on Merseyside. Building on the community work both sets of fans continue to do throughout this pandemic, we are confident supporters will respect safety advice and avoid visiting stadia where games are taking place. We fully understand the importance of lockdown as a measure to control Covid-19 and encourage all fans to stay away from any stadium and avoid congregating in numbers. Join Renew [...]

By |2020-07-14T09:37:23+01:00June 10th, 2020|

SOS and Blue Union Joint Statement

SOS and Blue Union Joint Statement When it was announced players were to resume training, the focus on football returned to how the season should be concluded. For Spirit of Shankly and The Blue Union, our primary concern remains the number of cases and tragic deaths from Covid-19. Ideally competitive football would restart when it is safe for all – players, officials, matchday staff and the game’s main stakeholders, supporters. In reality this is unlikely. The consensus is that if the season is to be finished it will be behind closed doors without fans. Therefore [...]

By |2020-06-24T09:43:32+01:00May 22nd, 2020|

Chair’s Update – May 2020

Chair's Update May 2020 This past week should have seen the conclusion of the 2019/20 season and, as we hoped, with LFC crowned champions. The wait for our 19th title goes on, but we know the players have resumed partial training with a view to the season re-commencing in June. There is no certainty of this, but what is certain is that if it does, it will be behind closed doors. Spirit of Shankly have been in constant dialogue with LFC since the postponement. We have kept discussions open on the impact on fans, members [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:19:45+01:00May 20th, 2020|

Response to Mayor Anderson

Response to Mayor Anderson Spirit of Shankly are angered by comments made by Liverpool City Mayor, Joe Anderson. The Mayor has chosen to speak out on a hypothetical matter, namechecking Liverpool FC supporters without discussion with those fans or fan groups. There is no evidence to support the Mayor’s perception that Liverpool supporters will break any lockdown regulations and gather outside of Anfield should football be resumed and played behind closed doors. LFC, in their statement on the matter, refer to their engagement with supporters’ groups. SOS raised this issue with the club, back on [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:20:07+01:00April 30th, 2020|

Open letter to Merseyside Police, LFC & EFC

Open letter to Merseyside Police, LFC & EFC Dear Chief Constable, Mr Moore and Ms Barrett-Baxendale, On 12 December 2019, representatives from Spirit of Shankly, the Blue Union (and other Everton fan groups) met with representatives from Merseyside Police and both Liverpool and Everton football clubs.  This was a debriefing following the previous week’s Derby match at Anfield which had caused some problems for Everton fans accessing the stadium. Fan groups expressed their dismay at the lack of formal engagement, as has been the norm, prior to that game with just an email being sent [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:32:11+01:00January 4th, 2020|

The Spirit of Shankly Cup

The Spirit of Shankly Cup December 1 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Bill Shankly agreeing to become manager of Liverpool FC. He took over two weeks later on December 14. To commemorate this anniversary and the great man’s legacy Spirit of Shankly and East Ayrshire Council are thrilled to announce the launch of the Spirit of Shankly Cup. A juniors tournament, it will bring together eight teams, four from Liverpool and four from East Ayrshire, where Shankly was born in the mining village Glenbuck in 1913. The inaugural event will be played in June [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:35:53+01:00December 1st, 2019|
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