The True Spirit of Shankly

Liverpool’s fixture this weekend is a little special. The Reds host Huddersfield Town in a league game for the first time in 46 years (October 1971). Huddersfield was, of course, the club Bill Shankly left, in December 1959, for LFC.

But it is more than just the game that stands out. Spirit of Shankly would like to welcome and thank fans of Huddersfield, who are adhering to Shanks’ socialist principles and, in the spirit of friendship between clubs, lending their support to the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative.

After seeing what SOS did at Newcastle recently, where we made a donation to the city’s West End foodbank, the Huddersfield Town Supporters Trust (HTST) are doing the same at Anfield. It is a tremendous gesture, and another example of football fans fighting food poverty together.

A member of HTST told us: “It’s great to see fans leave their rivalries in the stands and come together to help those who need it. Unfortunately, foodbanks are becoming a staple of everyday life, so it is important they receive support. This is where fans have stepped in, showing that the fight against hunger crosses many boundaries including club colours.”

It is a great show of solidarity from HTST, and we urge all of our members and fans where possible to donate what they can. The Fans Supporting Foodbanks drop-off points include the Fan Zone on Anfield Road, opposite the ground, the club shop and Homebaked on the corner of Oakfield Road.