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 13 March, ten days before lockdown began. We agreed then a determination to respect social-distancing measures and, in the event of a resumption of football, we would continue to work together, along with other key stakeholders, in achieving this objective.
Rather than disparaging words about football fans, it would have been more beneficial for the City Mayor to acknowledge the work being done by those same people in easing pressures on the city’s old and vulnerable at this time. SOS alone up to now have delivered more than 1,000 food parcels, and are active partners in helping with the supply of PPE and @SFoodbanks
We ask the Mayor to retract his statement and work with fans to support all during this time of crisis.
Message from SOS Chair Joe Blott
Message from SOS Chair Joe Blott Dear Colleagues I am writing to inform you that I am standing aside as Chair of Spirit of Shankly with effect from 06.06.2023, though I will remain on the Management Committee. Being Chair of SOS has been an enormous honour and privilege. In particular, serving under the name of Shankly and doing my best for our membership and LFC (and indeed all football supporters) has been incredibly rewarding and inspiring. As Chair I have led our union on many successful local and national campaigns, holding LFC to account whilst [...]
A tribute to Dan Kay
A tribute to Dan Kay We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dan Kay and send our sympathies to his family and friends. Dan was a tireless campaigner for social justice and those in need, and will forever be remembered for his work fighting for the families and survivors of Hillsborough. A committed journalist and constant support to those affected, he covered the 2014 - 2016 warrington inquests that concluded all those who died on 15 April 1989 were unlawfully killed, reporting live for the Liverpool Echo. He co-wrote, with the late [...]
Abdication of leadership by Premier League and Liverpool FC
Abdication of leadership by Premier League and Liverpool FC The playing of the national anthem before the match at Anfield on Saturday was met with a cacophony of disapproval, boos morphing into chants of Liverpool and eventually, after its abandonment, You’ll Never Walk Alone. There will have been some who didn’t voice condemnation, but the majority did. And the Anfield crowd’s reaction will have surprised nobody. So why did the hierarchy of Liverpool FC decide to play it? The club were left in a near-impossible situation. There was no mandate from the Premier League, just [...]